Promoting British Values

Our Values Statement

We are committed to promoting fundamental British values through a wide range of explicit and implicit educational activities and the articulation of, and demonstration of these values. British values are promoted through our social, moral, spiritual and cultural, (SMSC) education which permeates through the schools’ assemblies, curriculum, ethos, student voice, teaching and learning and its commitment to inclusion. Our approach to promoting fundamental British values follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar.

Promoting Fundamental ❝British Values❞

Students at Wodensborough Ormiston Academy are prepared for life in modern Britain through a range of strategies and activities that permeate through daily life at the academy. There is an expectation that all teachers exploit and develop opportunities for the effective promotion of a student’s SMSC education in lessons The activities that are designed to secure the promotion of SMSC and British Values and satisfy the following criteria:

Enable Students to Develop Their Self-Knowledge, Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence

  • Music and Drama performances and a range of successful sporting events, team sports and competitions.
  • Newly appointed co-ordinator of Enrichment and OOHL.
  • Significant informal use of school facilities by students engaging in physical activity.
  • In-house support mechanisms and links to external agencies to support the development of self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Speaking and listening opportunities.
  • Schemes of work throughout the school promote British values.

Enable Students to Distinguish Right from Wrong and to Respect the Civil and Criminal Law of England

  • The school’s behaviour policy, including a clear code of conduct and expectations for all pupils.
  • Our systems of pastoral care, guidance and support.
  • A robust anti-bullying culture.
  • A comprehensive system of rewards, recognition and sanctions.
  • The PSHE and Citizenship curriculum focusing on the rule of law.
  • Values-based school assemblies.
  • Restorative approaches to conflict.
  • Significant increase in reward opportunities for all students getting it “right”.

Encourage Students to Accept Responsibility for Their Behaviour, Show Initiative, and to Understand How They Can Contribute Positively to the Lives of Those Living and Working in the Locality of the School and to Society More Widely

  • Charity fundraising at various points throughout the year and dedicated charities for each year team.
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Enable Students to Acquire a Broad General Knowledge of and Respect for Public Institutions and Services in England

  • Delivery of an age-specific PSHE programme.
  • Assembly rota linked to key PSHE themes, including guest speakers.
  • Well resourced and diverse library.

Further Tolerance and Harmony Between Different Cultural Traditions by Enabling Students to Acquire an Appreciation of and Respect for Their Own and Other Cultures

  • Spiritual development through a comprehensive PSHE and Citizenship curriculum & value-based assemblies.
  • Students are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school and celebrate festivities throughout the year.
  • The Religious Studies curriculum, which is compulsory for all students up to the end of KS4, provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.
  • An experience of a wide variety of cultures through curriculum themes.
  • Sporting competitions that helps to instil “fair play” and engender a “team spirit”.
  • Local, national and international visits.

Encourage Respect for Other People

  • Increased profile of anti bullying strategies throughout the year, including performances from up and coming artists, anti-bullying week and a structured approach to student support and tackling bullying.
  • Prevent training for all staff and student engagement in Prevent workshops during enrichment days.
  • Promotion of positive role model images around the school site.
  • The development of a Student Behaviour Panel to promote peer-led accountability for behaviour.
  • The school’s Behaviour policy, including a clear code of conduct and expectations for all pupils.
  • Our system of pastoral care, guidance and support.
  • A teaching and learning environment based on mutual respect.
  • A robust anti-bullying culture and a comprehensive behaviour policy.
  • A comprehensive system of rewards, recognition and sanctions.
  • A curriculum where all pupils have an opportunity to express their views in a safe environment where the thoughts and answers of all are respected.
  • Our PSHEe and Citizenship curriculum, including Sex and Relationship Education.
  • Our Peer Mentors, Stewards and Sports Leaders promote mutual respect between students throughout the school community.

Encourage Respect for Democracy and Support for Participation in the Democratic Processes, Including Respect for the Basis on Which the Law Is Made and Applied in England

  • A newly appointed Student Leadership Co-ordinator has implemented a cohesive student leadership plan, giving student ownership of a range of school issues and a strong voice.
  • Student involvement in all academy appointments.
  • The selection of School Councillors, Stewards, Peer Mentors and Sports Leaders.
  • An active School Council that adheres to democratic principles.
  • A curriculum that develops pupil understanding of Britain’s parliamentary system and other forms of government.
  • Extra-curricular activities that promote democratic processes.

You could also view the following documents to discover more about promoting fundamental British Values