Promoting British Values
The DfE have recently reinforced the need "to create and enforce a clear and rigourous expectation on all the schools to 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."
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 'Prevent Strategy', and these values were reiterated in 2015. At Braunton Academy these values are constantly reinforced: we keep an audit of all such teaching and learning opportunities.
At Braunton Academy, the students have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have detailed Academy and House councils which meet regularly to discuss issues raised by either the students or staff in the Tutor Group meetings. The Academy Council has its own budget and is able to genuinely effect change within the Academy. Please see the ’Student Voice’ page in the‘Student’ section of our website.
The Academy provides a bi-annual independent questionnaire (Kirkland Rowell) in which students are able to put forward their personal views about the Academy.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the classes, the Academy, or our country are constantly reinforced throughout our regular school day, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through Academy assemblies. Students 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 and positive relationships with a wide variety of authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Within the Academy, students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As an academy we educate and provide boundaries for students to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Students 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 PSHEE lessons. Whether it bethrough the choice of a learning challenge, of how they record information, of participation in numerous extracurricular clubs and opportunities, students are always given the freedom to make choices.
Our Academy respects the rights of others; mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have aneffect on their own rights and those of others. All members of our community treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Braunton Academy is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse; therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with our students. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE, PSHE, and extracurricular teaching reinforces this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the Academy. Students visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.
Braunton Academy will actively challenge our students, staff, or parents/carers who are found to be expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including extremist views.