Promoting British Values
The Department for Education has introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values more actively from September 2014, and to ensure they are taught in schools.
Alleyne’s Academy is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
It 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. Alleyne’s Academy is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal, examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its students.
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. The five key British Values aree:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The academy uses strategies within the curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students. The examples that follow show some of the many ways Alleyne’s Academy seeks to instil British Values.
The school has a democratically elected school council. Members from each tutor group are elected to form Alleyne’s Parliament. Each year group has a democratically elected School Council which meets six times a year. Two members of each Year School Council are elected onto Alleyne’s Parliament which meets three times per year. Council members discuss issues with their tutor group and represent their views on the School Council. Students are always encouraged to put forward their views, either through questionnaires or at one to one Senior Staff Interviews.
The rule of law
This is taught in curriculum time within subjects including History, Geography, PE and Business Studies. As part of the PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) programme, assemblies and within form time pupils are taught the value and reasons behind law/school rules and responsibilities and consequences.
Pupils are always encouraged to make individual choices and have lots of teamwork opportunities available to them.
Pupils are taught about respect and about caring for themselves and others as part of the Personal Development programme. Pupils treat each other with respect and regularly create fundraising opportunities for all sorts of causes. The Academy’s House System encourages participation in a wide range of activities. The school has a robust anti-bullying policy and a culture in which everybody plays their role in reducing bullying.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
As part of the Religious Education, History Geography PE and Art curriculum tolerance and acceptance of other faiths and cultures is discussed, debated and encouraged. Pupils are fully aware of the issues around equality.