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British Values


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.

             

As 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 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 British Values.

Democracy
At 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.

From 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.

                      

Every 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.

To gage children’s person feelings about the school, the academy conducts an annual questionnaire, giving them the opportunity to put their views forward.

Individual Liberty
As 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.

Throughout 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.

Mutual Respect
Manner, 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
As 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.
       
               

British Authors
The 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
All 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 changing society.