At James Elliman Academy we take very seriously our responsibility to
prepare children for life in modern Britain. The DfES has reinforced
the need; “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on
all schools 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.”
We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced,
discussed and experienced through the ethos and work of the school
through our own school’s values of Respect, Aspiration, Equality, Rule
of Law, Responsibility and Honesty.
All curriculum areas provide
a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in
particular, our RE and PSHE lessons provide excellent opportunities to
deepen and develop understanding. We aim to nurture our children on
their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring,
democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive
difference to British society and to the world. We encourage our
children to be creative, unique, open minded and independent
individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our
local community and the wider world.
Rule of Law
children are encouraged to debate topics of interest, express their
views and make a meaningful contribution to the running of the school
on matters that directly involve pupils. Children also have the
opportunity to have their voices heard through ‘Our Voice’ and pupil
- The principle of democracy is explored in the curriculum and during assemblies.
and establishment of ‘Our Voice’ council models the democratic process.
Teachers ask children to put themselves forward or nominate a peer as a
candidates before conducting a class ballot. Council meet regularly
with the teaching staff.
- Children write emotively and are able
infer feelings of the characters and can relate to their own and
other’s experiences. Children are able to work cooperatively in pairs
and groups as well as in whole class situations. Throughout the school,
pupils are encouraged to understand about taking turns and respecting
the views of others.
- The importance of laws, whether they are those that
govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently
reinforced at James Elliman Academy.
- Pupils are taught the rules and expectations of the school which are highlighted by the School Behaviour Policy.
- School rules and expectations are clear, fair and regularly promoted.
- Pupils are always helped to distinguish right from wrong, in the classroom, during assemblies and on the playground.
are encouraged to respect the law and James Elliman enjoys visits from
authorities such as the Police, Fire Services etc. To help reinforce
- The Behaviour and Anti-Bullying policies set out a
zero tolerance baseline for any form of aggression, abuse or violence,
which applies to pupils, staff, parents and governors.
Areas: RE, PHSE, PE and Sport. Through these subjects, children study a
range of topics including rules for living, how rules influence
actions, belonging, suffering and happiness, good sportsmanship,
teamwork and collaboration.
- Children are able to articulate how and
why they need to behave in school and consistently demonstrate they
understand and can abide by the rules.
school, pupils are actively encouraged, and given the freedom to make
choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
at James Elliman Academy educate and provide boundaries for pupils to
make informed choices, through a safe and empowering education.
understand about the importance of accepting responsibility and their
right to be heard in school. They are consulted on many aspects of
school life and demonstrate independence of thought and action.
- Pupils are supported to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour and our
pastoral support reinforces the importance of making the right choices.
are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and
personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for
example through our e-safety teaching and PSHE lessons.
- Vulnerable pupils are protected and stereotypes challenged.
- A strong anti-bullying culture is embedded in the school and any form of bullying is challenged and addressed.
- Pupils have key roles and responsibilities in school e.g. Our Voice Councillors, Peer Helper, Reading Buddies etc.
Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
is a strong part of our school. The pupils know and understand that it
is expected that respect is shown to and by everyone, adults and
children and that their behaviours have an effect on their rights and
those of others.
- Pupils are helped to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life.
- Staff and pupils are encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
our PHSE and RE curriculum, and through assemblies, pupils are
encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people, such as
differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and
difference of family situations.
- Discussions involving prejudices and prejudiced-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in PSHE.
for children to act as role models (e.g. Peer Helpers) and celebration
of achievements (Star of the Week, Prize day) all play a part in
reinforcing the importance of respect for the achievements of others.
- Children can discuss why respect is important and how they show respect to others and how they feel about it.
issues that arise are discussed immediately to prevent further
incidents and address misconceptions. Children are awarded certificates
which demonstrate their understanding of the values and the way they
are displayed to others.
Planning and Display
is achieved through equipping pupils with the ability to understand
their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving the
opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community.
- Links and visits are promoted with local faith communities and places of worship.
offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which major religions
are studied and respected and global dimension work embedded in many of
our curriculum themes. These curriculum themes offer children the
chance to reflect on our core values and British values.
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. 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.