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.”
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.
Our School Values demonstrates how the British Values underpin the life of the school; the values are reinforced in the following ways:
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.
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.
MUTUAL RESPECT & TOLERANCE
Respect is one of the core values of our school. Our pupils are fully involved in the creation of our school values and it is deeply embedded in all that we do at the school. The pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have, however big or small. Woodcroft Academy enhances pupils understanding of different faiths and beliefs through Religious Education Studies, worship, P.S.H.E. lessons and the celebration of religious festivals. At Woodcroft Academy, we actively challenge pupils, staff and parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views..
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.