Promoting British Values at Woodcroft Academy
The DfE states: “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.”
Our School Values demonstrates how the British Values underpin the life of
To enable pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
To enable pupils to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of Britain;
To encourage pupils to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely;
To enable pupils to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in Britain;
To further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling pupils to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;
To encourage respect for other people;
To encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in Britain.
Advice from the DfE is to promote British Values through SMSC although Ofsted will assess it through the curriculum too.
Below is how Woodcroft Academy will do this.
Pupil voice is taken seriously here at Woodcroft, with children being asked their opinions and suggestions about school matters, Regular meetings of the democratically-selected School Council and school reps ensure that children are able to make valuable contributions to the development of the School.
The Rule of Law:
Children here at Woodcroft develop their understanding of what is right and what is wrong. Each year, they are involved in developing their own class rules linked to the whole school system and are reminded of what they can expect of/from the School and what the School expects of them in order to maximise their learning. Through their daily School life and explicitly in PHSE lessons, they develop their understanding of actions, responsibilities and consequences. Visits from/to authorities such as the Police and Fire Service and other professional bodies form part of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally
diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Learning
about a wide range of different religions in RE and PSHE offer these opportunities and
also support in discussions around the issue of prejudice and differing beliefs.
It is an abiding expectation that all members of the School’s community demonstrate
a respectful attitude at all times. Reception children begin to develop their understanding
of others through the planned learning opportunities within the ‘prime’ areas of
‘Understanding the World’ and ‘Personal, Social and Emotional Development’.
Discussions, assemblies, team games in PE and PSHE lessons across the School
help to reinforce this message. Bullying is not tolerated and pupils are taught about
the different types of bullying, why they might occur and discuss possible strategies
for dealing with incidents should they witness any.
Woodcroft Academy wholeheartedly supports the aims enshrined in the UNICEF Rights of the Child.
Within School, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. From the earliest age, Reception and Year 1 pupils exercise individual freedoms through their child-initiated learning sessions which further embed the characteristics of effective learning in Early Years and Key Stage 1 where the main focus is on metacognition and self-regulated learning, giving each child a voice and choice about their learning. As a School, we educate and provide boundaries for young children to make choices safely through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education.
Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely through:
Online Safety and PSHE lessons
Choices about their learning
Participation in our numerous extended learning clubs and opportunities
Circle time sessions
Time is given to sharing and discussing British Values in weekly, dedicated assembly slots. At Woodcroft, teachers share examples of the British Values in action and support the children in remembering each value and its meaning.