Statement of British Values
The Department for Education sets 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.”
At Ashwood Spencer Academy, we take our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain very seriously. British values are introduced, understood and modelled throughout school practice and the expectations that we have for our pupils.
At the beginning of each school year children affirm the school’s expectations and the rights and responsibilities associated with school standards. Every pupil and staff member is expected to take individual responsibility for modelling British values within the school community.
The school curriculum is designed to introduce and explore British values across subject areas, while RE, SMSC, PSHE and Citizenship lessons provide opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. Children embrace these concepts with enthusiasm and demonstrate a good understanding of their application to their own lives.
The school makes considerable efforts to ensure children have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community during which these concepts are shown, through for example, sporting events, a range of visits and speakers in school. The values-based understanding developed through our education practice gives children an excellent platform for embracing difference.
British Values at Ashwood
At Ashwood Spencer Academy, we actively promote British Values in order to prepare all children to be responsible and respectful members of the community. Through our newly designed creative curriculum, we embrace and celebrate such values, providing valuable knowledge and understanding of important concepts, whilst developing a set of life-long skills within each and every individual. Our curriculum and assembly themes are carefully designed to consolidate the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance. This approach not only helps prepare our children for their future life, but it enriches the daily life for everyone teaching us to understand, enjoy and respect the differences in our community and the wider world.
The introduction of specific ‘Newsbeat weeks’, enables our learners to become aware of issues relating to British values on a local, national and worldwide scale. Specific focus is undertaken on an element of the news, which reflects such values, promoting pupil’s knowledge and understanding further, whilst encouraging discussion and tolerance.