What are British Values?
- Respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process.
- Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England.
- Support for equality of opportunity for all.
- Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law.
- Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
- Respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs.
British Values at Easterside Academy
At Easterside Academy we uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- understanding of those of different faiths and beliefs
These values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE), and Religious Education (RE). We also teach British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum.
The school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through daily collective worship and whole school systems and structures such as electing and running a successful School Council. We also actively promote British values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values.
Promoting British Values?
Here at Easterside Academy, British Values are encapsulated within our mission statement, key values, Academy objectives and through the Academy’s ethos and curriculum.
Activities that support and promote British Values at Easterside:
- Celebrating British Events – the Diamond Jubilee, the Olympic and Paralympic Games; and this year the commemorations of the First World War.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard.
- Help pupils to express their views
- School Council – the pupils voice
- Electing House Captains
- Key Stage 2 Pupil Forum
- Eco-Warrior representatives from each class
- Annual questionnaire – in which they are able to put forward their views about the school.
- Model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged
The Rule of Law
- School Rules – clear and fair – reinforced throughout the school day by everyone, wherever they are in the school.
- Our system for behaviour such as ‘Golden Ladders’ in Early Years and Key Stage 1 are aligned to an agreed set of rules and if children are given verbal warnings this is always set against the agreed school behaviour code. Children are asked to identify which aspect of the rules they have broken to ensure that this connection is made and understood.
- Help pupils to distinguish right from wrong
- School Assemblies
- Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
- Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
- Good behaviour, attitude and work is encouraged – we have devised a reward system which is consistently followed throughout the school.
- We are committed to praising children’s efforts. We endeavour to praise the children informally, individually, during group work, in front of the whole class and the whole school. Children are rewarded not only for achievement in curriculum areas, but for behaviour and general adherence to Easterside Academy Policies.
- Rewards are given in the form of stickers, house points and certificates. Children’s achievements are also recognised during Celebration Assemblies.
- Teach pupils aspects of both civil and criminal law and discuss how this might differ from some religious laws.
- Support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
- Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights.
- As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons.
- Whether it is through choice of learning challenge or activity; of how they record; of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities; pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
- Challenge stereotypes
- Implement a strong anti-bullying culture
- Mutual respect is at the heart of our ethos and core values and based around core Christian values such as ‘respect’ and ‘responsibility’. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and it is actively promoted by all staff.
- Promote respect for individual differences.
- Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behavior.
- Build links with the wider community e.g. Tollesby Hall Residential Home.
Understanding of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Easterside is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children.
- Termly Cultural Days
- Celebration of the ‘European Day of Languages’
- School Assemblies
- Link school in Gambia
- RE Curriculum
- PSHE Curriculum
- Visits to places of worship
- National Anti-Bullying Week (Friendship Week)
- Discuss differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations, such as looked-after children or young carers.
At Easterside Academy we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.