Schools should promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.Through the provision of SMSC teaching at our school we:
Democracy is promoted through our school council and pupil questionnaires.Visits from authorities such as the police are used to reinforce this e.g. helping students understand what ‘Hate Crime’ is
The importance of the rule of law. The school ethos and behaviour policy revolve around 'integrity' as a core value, and discussions and assemblies focus on what respect and integrity means and how it is shown.
Citizenship Pupils are encouraged to understand their personal rights and freedoms, and are advised on how to exercise these safely. Topics such as equal rights, and e-safety will be taught.
Spirituality and Religious Education (RE) Lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others.
History and Geography Pupils analyse events in UK and world history where British values have been tested such as both World Wars. In geography, pupils could look at how different cultures live and work throughout the world.
All of the above is woven within all provisions at The Beech Academy
There is a requirement for schools to actively promote and teach ‘British Values’ as part of latest guidance from Ofsted/DfE.
These have roughly been defined by the government as –
At The Beech Academy, as part of the Evolve Trust, we live by our Core Values:
Ambition, Integrity, Inclusivity, Resilience, Endeavour
These Values underpin everything we do. We actively challenge pupils, staff and parents who are not showing those values or who express opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.