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To prevent extremism and the religious radicalisation of young people, the Government in the ‘Prevent Strategy’ (2011) set out its definition of ‘British values’. These values are:

 

  • Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
  • Democracy

The promotion of ‘British values’ is central to education at Sarum Academy as British values have their origin in the Christian values of our nation. They form a core aspect of our delivery of Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education.

At Sarum Academy we recognise the importance of helping pupils to flourish academically but also spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, so they are fully prepared for life in British society and for their role as citizens, able to make the strongest possible contribution to the ‘Common Good’ of all.

We teach the importance of British values by going much deeper into the meaning of what it means to live a good life.  We place a significant emphasis on the celebration of individuality and difference within our communities and our calling to work together for the Common Good, in the service of others. Our school ethos, which includes explicit reference to Christian and British values, makes a tangible difference to the way we work together and with our wider communities.  The examples that follow are an indication of some of the many ways we seek to embed British values at Sarum Academy and should be seen as an indication of our approach rather than an exhaustive list.

 

The Rule of Law: The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country (civil or criminal), are consistently reinforced throughout every day, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through Collective Worship. The curriculum is designed to ensure pupils are taught the values and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities this involves and the consequences, when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service are regular parts of our learning programmes in PSHCE and help reinforce this message, as does the development of pupils’ knowledge and respect for public institutions and services.

 

Individual Liberty: Within Sarum Academy pupils are actively encouraged to make independent choices knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment.  As a school we educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. We encourage pupils to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and see themselves as individuals able to make a contribution to building community. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights, responsibilities and personal freedoms and receive advice about how to exercise these safely, for example through our exploration of E-Safety in PSHCE.

 

Mutual Respect: Respect is one of our core values and is modelled by pupils and staff alike. The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning environments as well as extra-curricular activities such as sport. Our emphasis on ethics, fairness and justice means that we ask our pupils to ensure that they look out for those who might be marginalised and disadvantaged. Our approach to teaching and learning across the school fosters mutual respect throughout the curriculum and our Pupil Code of Conduct promotes the values both of respect and responsibility. The school has taken a very strong stance on social inclusion and anti-bullying through an explicit focus on strategies to enable respect for difference by, for example, reflections on bullying.

 

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs: This is achieved through equipping pupils with the ability to develop positive values, understand their own beliefs and their place in a culturally diverse society. We give our pupils opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community and within the wider community. All pupils experience a connection with other cultures and beliefs through our Religious Education and PSHCE programmes, Extended Learning Days and local, regional and international links.  Our Religious Studies curriculum provides a broad and balanced education, which includes an understanding of and respect for people of other faiths or none and other religions, cultures and lifestyles.

 

Democracy: In line with our commitment to democracy, pupils are always able to voice their opinions as we foster an environment where pupils can debate ideas and are encouraged to disagree with each other. We also encourage pupils to substantiate opinions and to realise the value of co-operation and consensus as well as decision making through voting. The Student School Council is an effective mechanism for participation in the democratic process, as are regular pupil voice questionnaires on a range of topics such as teaching and learning and behaviour and safety.  Pupils are also given opportunities to see democracy in action.  This could be meeting with the local MP, an annual visit to the House of Parliament or attending the Mayor making ceremony.