British Values Statement
At Waddington All Saints Academy we understand the importance of our role in promoting British Values within school. These fundamental values are reflected in all that we do, we have a strong culture of respect and politeness which is consistently promoted through the whole school. We encourage our pupils to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what it ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its laws. Through our provision we ensure that we are preparing our children not only for the next stage in their career but for life in modern Britain.
“Pupils are very well equipped with excellent basic skills and have a keen awareness of spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues. Consequently, they are superbly prepared for the next stage of their education and for their future lives in modern Britain”.OFSTED 2014
Our curriculum embeds the development of these values, including opportunities to deepen and develop understanding, through debates and many opportunities to reflect. This ensures that our children receive a broad spiritual, social and cultural education. We strive to ensure our children have exposure to a wide range of experiences beyond their local community, during which the concepts of British Values are further developed. For example: visiting a variety of places of worship both within and outside of our locality, sporting events.
- All 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 pupil questionnaires, pupil surveys and LEAD pupil voice forums.
- The principle of democracy is explored in the curriculum as well as during collective worship.
- We democratically elect members of school council.
- Waddington All Saints pupils have had active involvement in the selection processes of new staff.
RULE OF LAW
- School rules and expectations are clear, fair and regularly promoted and reinforced by all adults and children.
- Pupils are always helped to distinguish right from wrong, in the classroom, during collective worship, on the playground and during detention.
- Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service, Ambulance, etc. to help reinforce this message.
- The Behaviour and Anti-Bullying policies set out a zero tolerance baseline for any form of aggression, abuse or violence, which extends to pupils, staff and parents and carers.
- Within school, pupils are actively encouraged, and given the freedom to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
- Pupils are supported to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour. Our pastoral support reinforces the importance of making the right choices.
- Pupils 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.
- Vulnerable pupils are protected and stereotypes challenged. Any form of bullying is challenged and addressed.
- Pupils have key roles and responsibilities in school e.g. Librarians, register monitors, collective worship monitors, litter pickers, school council members, play leaders and peer readers.
MUTUAL RESPECT AND TOLERANCE OF THOSE WITH DIFFERENT FAITHS AND BELIEFS
- Pupils and adults know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone, adults and children.
- 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.
- Links and visits are promoted with faith communities and places of worship, both within and outside of our locality.
- Through the PSHE and RE curriculums pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations.
- We offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected.