British Values Statement
The Department for Education states there is a need for all schools to promote and teach British Values as part of the curriculum.
The DFE defines British Values as follows:
- Respect for democracy and support or participation in the democratic process
- Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England
- Support for equality of opportunity for all
- Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law
- Respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs.
At Overthorpe CofE Academy we promote British Values through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education and the distinctive Christian character of the Academy which permeates through the whole curriculum ensuring we support the nurture and education of the ‘whole child’. We recognise that such development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted and modelled by all of our school community.
At Overthorpe we actively promote British Values in the following ways:
We ensure through our Investors in Pupils work that every child has a ‘voice’ to communicate their ideas and choices.
Voting for School Council representatives,
Completing pupil surveys
Involvement in staff recruitment
Providing opportunities to make choices about the things they believe to be important
Opportunities to meet council members and visit and learn about local democracy in action eg. town hall, Mayors parlour.
Rule of Law:
Pupils are involved in negotiating and agreeing class codes each year, including rewards and consequences.
We actively teach the links between action and consequence through our Academy behaviour system.
Pupils are helped to learn to manage their behaviour and take responsibility for their actions.
Pupils are encouraged to respect the law. This message is reinforced by visits from authorities such as the local PCSOs and Fire Service.
Pupils are encouraged to become good and valued citizens within their community by participating in local community and national charitable events.
Pupils are actively encouraged, and given the freedom to make choices and try new things within a safe and supportive environment. Eg. trying new activities, meeting different groups of people.
Pupils are encouraged to be independent and take responsibility for their own learning and behaviour. Our behaviour policy and systems reinforce the need to make ‘the right choice’.
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms, this includes that it is right to say ‘no’ when appropriate and are advised how to exercise these appropriately, for example in order to keep themselves safe online.
Pupils have key responsibilities in school e.g. lunchtime helpers, eco council, collective worship helpers, collective worship council, school council, playtime buddies.
The inclusion and nurture of every individual, ensuring they have full access to a curriculum that meets their needs is central to the aims of our Academy.
We teach children to value each other and treat everyone equally without regard to ability, gender, faith or background.
We promote each pupil’s inclusion, where possible, in a range of activities and settings and locations.
We actively plan opportunities for pupils to go into the community to meet with a range of people in a variety of situations which include: sports events, community events and shared participation with other schools within and beyond our pyramid cluster.
Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs:
Cultural knowledge and development of an understanding of diversity is a key driver of our curriculum.
We will actively challenge pupils, parents or staff expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including extremist views.
We place great emphasis on providing encounters and participation in events and celebrations to broaden all pupils’ experiences and awareness of others.
Our Worship helps all pupils to find out about themselves and others, linking their lives and beliefs to the communities in which they belong. Worship themes cover areas such as: friendships, helping others, respecting differences and celebrations from a range of faiths and world events.
Pupils are encouraged to experience British culture through our curriculum themes and our involvement in community events.
Pupils take part in local sporting activities which helps to instil fair play and promote team spirit. For example, children have the opportunity to participate in football, gymnastics, athletics and swimming competitions.