Fundamental British Values

Promoting Fundamental British Values

The government has defined British values as being the following: democracy; individual liberty; the rule of law; mutual respect; tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. These values are central to our school ethos and are promoted not only through the curriculum and its content but through every aspect of school life including student experiences, displays and use of the buildings, assemblies, choices for learning (C4L), extra-curricular activities, IIAG and the courteous, respectful learning community that we are.  

It is the duty of every member of staff to support and promote these fundamental values as detailed in the current Teacher Standards Part Two: Personal and Professional Conduct.

Democracy

Democracy can be seen as a state of society characterised by equality of rights and privileges. It can also refer to our nation's electoral systems.

In school we promote the importance of democracy through:

  • A well-structured Academy council and student voice activities
  • Our work with The UK Youth Parliament & ‘Make Your Mark’
  • Y8 AC activity ‘Election Day’
  • Y7 ACT activities and the PSHEE Programme of Study
  • Students are encouraged to use their voice across the curriculum through collaborative working, responding  to teacher feedback, questioning by staff, the work they produce and classroom discussion
  • All students are given the opportunity to access the curriculum

Individual Liberty

Individual liberty suggests the free exercise of rights generally seen as outside Government control.

In school we promote the importance of individual liberty through such things as:

  • Students are introduced to a range of beliefs and experiences so that they are able to make more informed choices for themselves
  • Students are taught the knowledge and skills to broaden the choices they are empowered to make about future employment, travel and education
  • The breadth of extra-curricular activities and clubs available, including ‘lesson 7’
  • Students are encouraged to voice views and opinion in lessons in a structured manner
  • Students are able to make informed choices about the pathway they will take at KS4

Rule of Law

All people and institutions are subject to and accountable to law that is fairly applied and enforced.

In school we promote the importance of the rule of law through such things as:

  • The ‘Choices for Learning’ policy
  • We liaise with many outside agencies including West Yorkshire Police, NPT, The Early Help Hub & The Town Council. The Academy ‘Safer Schools Police Officer’ is pro-active in promoting positive choices.
  • The Acceptable Use Policy is used to promote correct and safe use of the internet
  • Social & moral issues linked to the Rule of Law  are covered in the PSHEE Programme of Study
  • Safeguarding policy

Mutual Respect

The proper regard for an individual's dignity, which is reciprocated.

In school we promote the importance of mutual respect through such things as:

  • The ‘Choices for Learning’ policy
  • High expectations of our students and staff as ambassadors for the Academy
  • Students are encouraged to wear our uniform with pride
  • A broad and balanced curriculum helps students to learn about a wide range of people, cultures and beliefs and so develops students' ability to make well informed decisions, form and be confident in their own identity and understand and respect that of others
  • Assemblies and the use of guest speakers

Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs

A fair, objective, and permissive attitude to those whose faith and beliefs may differ from one's own.

We celebrate difference and diversity.  We promote the importance of learning and working together with those with different faiths and beliefs through such things as:

  • We celebrate diversity through the Academy environment, assemblies, culturally rich curriculum and events
  • Y7 ACT, AC Day activities, Citizenship activities, and the ‘Attitudes, Beliefs & Cultures’ curriculum.
  • The curriculum helps students to learn about a wide range of people, cultures and beliefs and so develops students ability to make informed decisions, form and be confident in their own identity and understand and respect that of others
  • Assemblies celebrate and draw inspiration from festivals and teachings from a range of different faiths & cultures
  • We strive to promote and expose students to tolerance and respect through the daily routines within Academy life.