In 2014, the DfE reinforced that schools need: ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation … 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’.
At Archbishop Sentamu Academy, as a Church of England sponsored academy, we take our responsibility to prepare our young people for life in modern Britain very seriously.
We ensure that fundamental British values are introduced, discussed and lived through our own school values of ‘Trust, Love and Community’, and through our mission statement ‘Together, Everyone Achieves More’. These infuse the ethos and work of the academy.
All curriculum areas, in particular RE and PSHE, help to further our young people’s understanding of what it means to live in modern Britain. As an academy, we make every effort to ensure our young people have exposure to a wide variety of experiences beyond their local community, such as in sport, where the values of respect for others are emphasised, and musical events, where the values of working together are encouraged.
|Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs|
Academy/Christian value: Respect and Love/Achieve
|Respect is a fundamental school value, around which much of the work of the academy pivots. We pay explicit attention to this as part of our RE curriculum. We celebrate the achievements of all and consider ourselves to be an inclusive academy.||*Collective worship file|
*RE Curriculum planning /books
*Learning walks for behaviour
*Learning behaviour data
|Young people can articulate why respect is important: how they show respect to others and how they feel about it themselves.|
Young people’s behaviour demonstrates their good understanding of this value in action.
Young people in RE are able to talk about different faiths and cultures, ask questions and show tolerance and respect of different faiths and religions.
Academy/Christian value: Trust and Community/Peace
|The young people at ASA see democracy as an essential component of successful teamwork which is one of our academy values. We use a democratic process as part of the School Council election process. All the young people are allocated to Houses from their first day in the Academy. These Houses provide a sense of identity, fostering community cohesion, enabling our young people to work together to achieve success.||*School Council minutes and records|
*Collective worship file
*School council elections
*Learning walks for behaviour and behaviour for learning data
*House rewards assemblies and trips
|Young people work cooperatively in pairs / groups|
They understand about turn taking and respecting the views of others young people in the academy. In particular, they are able to use the language of respect: I agree with because … /I don’t agree with because…
|Respect for self and others|
School/Christian value: Community/Peace
|In PSHE the children discuss self-respect and self-worth. The young people are encouraged to develop independence and resilience in learning and challenged to think for themselves.|
Respect is discussed at all levels: family, academy, community, throughout the world and the environment.
They are taught the importance of respect through the curriculum. eg in Drama, young people are taught the importance of respectful spectatorship; in Science, they are taught to be respectful of the dangers posed in handling hazardous materials during practical lessons.
|*Lesson plans for PSHE|
*Collective worship planning/church service
*Community work: Rock Challenge/Eden Team
*Looking after others in school: Sixth Form Tutors; Prefects
|Young people understand the importance of making positive choices, of taking responsibility for their actions, and of their right to be heard in the academy.|
Through the Academy Council, they are consulted on many aspects of academy life and demonstrate independence of thought and action.
They take a role in the academy where they are responsible for others: For example, Sixth Form Tutors and prefects are involved in the mentoring of younger students
|The Rule of Law and Individual Liberty|
School/Christian value: Community/Peace
|The young people are actively encouraged to make positive choices whilst knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment where they are forgiven and given a “fresh start”.|
We educate the young people and provide boundaries. The young people are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms through PSHE and through E-Safety in IT lessons.
The rules in school are consistently reinforced by all adults, who emphasise the importance of behaving appropriately as part of the academy community.
The young people are taught the value and reasons behind the rules, as well as laws that govern and protect us. They are taught about the consequences when laws are broken.
Young people learn the importance of moral and community leadership by taking part in the Young Leaders Award in Year 9 in RE/PSHE.
|*E Safety –discussions with the children|
*RE SOW for Year 9
|Our young people know that the academy is a safe /supportive place and that the adults can be trusted.|
Our young people know what to do if they feel unsafe/unhappy
Our young people are aware of what is expected in the academy and the consequences when they do wrong.
They are aware of some of the laws that govern us and why these laws exist, and how their time at the academy makes an important contribution to their gaining a sense of respect for the rule of law, even where they would perhaps not agree with it.
Our young people understand that social change that have improved the individual liberties of diverse groups over many years have arisen through strong, committed and courageous moral leadership, and are able to reflect on how such leadership can be an example to them in their own lives and communities.