At James Elliman Academy, we
endeavour to fully prepare our students for life beyond the classroom,
ready to take on an active role as a British citizen, by promoting and
reinforcing British Values.
an academy, we welcome children and their families from all over the
world and is a true reflection of the ever changing nature of British
Society. We fully understand our role as a school to ensure groups or
individuals are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by
those wishing to unduly and illegally influence them. To prevent this
from occurring, we strictly adhere to equal opportunities guidelines,
which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any
groups or individuals, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender,
sexuality, political or financial status, and so on.
In 2011, as
part of the Prevent Strategy, the Government stipulated that all
schools within the UK are required to teach the key ‘British Values’
and ensure these key messages are wholly embedded into the curriculum
and the ethos of the school.
The five key ‘British Values’ messages as defined by the government are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
academy draws from the National Curriculum and beyond to secure these
outcomes for all our students. The following examples are just a taster
of the many ways James Elliman Academy strides to embed and promote
James Elliman Academy, we take great steps to reinforce the principles
of democracy with democratic process consistently used in the election
of school councillors. To give the pupil at the academy a true
election experience, a whole school election was called to vote for the
president of the council. As part of the process, each candidate was
asked to write and present a manifesto outlining their hopes and
promises before the pupils voted.
The importance and
significance of democracy are further explored throughout the
curriculum in lessons such as; topic, Religious Studied and P.S.H.E.
lessons as well as our weekly assemblies.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they are to govern the class, the
academy, or even the country, are constantly reinforced.
an early age, pupils are taught the rules and expectations for the
academy and are included in the writing of class rules. They are taught
the values and the reasoning behind laws that govern and protects us,
our responsibilities as British citizens and the consequences when laws
are broken. Special visits from authorities such as the police and fire
service are arranged to reinforce this message.
class on the student council is represented by a pupil voted by their
class. They meet regularly to discuss issues raised by their classmates
and have a real effect of the running of the school.
children’s person feelings about the school, the academy conducts an
annual questionnaire, giving them the opportunity to put their views
James Elliman Academy is a secure and supportive environment, the
student are able to make independent choices knowing they are safe to
do so. Staff actively encourage students to make the right choice,
explaining the boundaries through an empowering education.
the curriculum, in subjects such as e-safety and P.S.H.E. students are
encouraged to learn, understand and safely exercise their rights and
personal freedom. We also have a comprehensive Behaviour Policy in
place to tackle any forms of bullying.
respect and treating others how we expect to be treated in at the heart
of school. Students learn how their behaviour can have an effect on
those around them as well as their own rights. All the members of the
school community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated
through the schools environment.
Tolerance of those of
different faiths and beliefs
we are a multi-cultural school, we actively promote diversity not only
through the curriculum but by the celebration of different faiths and
cultures. We strongly encourage students to share their faiths and
beliefs without the fear of being ridiculed, and celebrate the many
festivities that occur during the school year. Our RE curriculum
provides a broad and balanced education, focusing on the similarities
and difference between the range of faiths, religions and cultures. To
enhance this learning, the children visit varies places of worship that
are significant to different faiths.
children and staff have embraced their new class names. Not only have
we successfully incorporated British authors into the ethos of the
school, we have simultaneously promoted and installed a love of
reading. The pupils at the academy are now actively seeking out and
borrowing books written by their class authors. Majority of the
teachers have asked their students to produce posters and conduct
research, which have now been displayed within classrooms and around
the school. The children are now reading more books by British author
and as a result, the school is keenly promoting British Values.
Planning and Display
of our planning has a specific box dedicated to British Values.
Teachers are expected to make links between the main context of what
they are teaching and British Values. This guarantees our staff have
British Values at the forefront of their minds when they are planning.
Planning is then scrutinised by the senior leadership team and team
leaders to ensure there are no attempts to radicalise or endanger our
children. This is then followed through to our school environment which
have links to British Values clearly displayed. Majority of our classes
and year groups have a board displaying not only our core values, which
are linked to good citizenship, but children’s work expressing their
thoughts on British Values. We encouraged them to write, draw and
orally explain what it means to be British with the support of all
staff. As a result, our pupils have a better understanding of what it
means to be British and a real affinity to the country they are living
and learning in.
At James Elliman Academy,
the staff are committed to ensuring its students leave with the
strongest foundation of values to successfully contribution to our ever