The Government guidance requires key ‘British Values’ are taught in all schools and academies. They define these in the 2011 Prevent Strategy as:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and belief
Cabot Learning Federation has clear policies on Equality and Diversity and is committed to promoting community cohesion and fostering good relations between all of the staff, pupils and their families who form part of our community.
We recognise and will celebrate the multi-cultural, multi- faith and ever-changing of the area in which our academies are based.
We understand the vital role the Federation can play in ensuring that groups or individuals within the Academies are not subjected to discrimination, bullying, harassment or intimidation and will actively promote our policies and procedures to address these issues.
We will work through our safeguarding policies and practices to prevent the radicalisation of our pupils by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
We will actively implement our duties under the Equality Act 2010 to prevent discrimination against any individual or group, on grounds of religion or belief, race or ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability and the other protected characteristics named in the Act.
The Federation is dedicated to preparing pupils for their adult life through the formal curriculum, and also through the hidden curriculum, ensuring that it models, promotes and reinforces ‘British values’ to all its students.
Each Academy uses strategies within the National Curriculum and beyond, to secure such outcomes for pupils. Each year they will map how British Values are delivered in their institution, and any areas they intend to address.
British Values in Wallscourt Farm Academy
The examples that follow show currently some of the many ways Wallscourt Farm Academy seeks to embed ‘British values’.
Wallscourt Farm Academy adopts a Rights and Responsibilities approach, and a culture of rights, responsibilities and respect pervades all aspects of our learning community. We have Pupil Leader Representatives from EYFS and KS1, and our pupil councils have played an active role in shaping all aspects of Wallscourt Farm Academy. Our Pupil Councils are growing as we grow as a school, and each year we develop the range of opportunities for pupil voice to inform improvements. See R&R charters, RRS policies and Pupil Voice overview for further details.
The rule of law
Our whole school charters, and charters for learning zones, lunchtimes and out of hours are all drawn up in collaboration with the children. We have effective links with our Community Police Support Officers, and they have spent time in school with the children, helping them to make connections between their rights and responsibilities in school, and within the wider community. As we grow as a school, the opportunities to develop children’s understanding of the law is planned in as part of our Tree of Learning for Life.
A strong focus on individualism, within the context of One Learning community is at the heart of our values and our Top 10. Opportunities for SMSC are oven through our curriculum, as shown in our SMSC overview, and taught discretely through the Jigsaw programme. Pupils are consistently given the opportunity to shape developments at Wallscourt Farm Academy, and they recognise the strength of their voices – individually and collectively.
As part of our Rights and Responsibilities work, and through our taught SMSC, PSHE and Collective Worship, pupils are taught the skills and knowledge to gain and develop a sense of mutual respect. Through our rich, whole school curriculum, the children are given opportunities to extend this learning and understanding – and this happens through the taught curriculum, through enrichment days and events such as anti-bullying week, and through specific events including visits and visitors, as part of our international, intergenerational learning.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Our pupils, families and the wider community are supported to develop a tolerance and sense of respect and understanding of those of different faiths and beliefs. This takes places through the taught curriculum, including R.E. and through whole school, learning zone and home zone gatherings/assemblies. We take time to recognise and understand celebrations and key events from a range of cultures and communities, and we include opportunities to embrace visits and visitors from the wider community to support pupils to develop their knowledge and extend their understanding of the community around them, locally, nationally and internationally.
The following factors are taken from our Prevent Agenda Risk Assessment and contribute to our ongoing developments in terms of our vales driven curriculum. We are building children’s resilience through the following actions:
Wallscourt Farm Academy promotes values driven curriculum
Developments in Mindful minutes across the school
A structured approach to establishing a Human Rights ethos
Rights and Responsibilities as a key feature of the learning culture at Wallscourt Farm Academy
SEAL and PSHE is woven through the curriculum and regularly reviewed
Whole School gatherings used to promote mutual tolerance and respect
Pupil Councils and Academy Council demonstrate value of democracy
Incidental opportunities for learning maximized .e.g. general election, voting for class names etc