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SMSC & British Values

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To view our latest SMSC Policy, click here.
To view our SMSC Map for 2016/17, click here.

 

Promoting British Values at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy

The DFE have recently 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, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”.
At Cliff Park Ormiston Academy we have embraced these values and they are reinforced regularly in the following ways:

Democracy

Democracy is a key feature of academy life.

In addition to lessons in SMSC which consider the evolution and importance of democracy in Great Britain, all young people are actively encouraged to voice their opinions. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Student Leaders Programme and active Student Voice. Pupil Perception activities such as questionnaires and interviews are also undertaken regularly. Within the classroom students are given opportunities to work collaboratively with each other and we actively foster an environment where children feel “safe” to take risks in their learning. This includes questioning and challenging the views of others.

The 2015 election, followed by BRITEX, provided the academy with a further opportunity to engage in a range of democratic processes, in particular a wide ranging form-time programme. It is our intention to widen and continue these activities in 2016-2017, with a view to ensuring that all our pupils are ready to be active and responsible voters in 2020 and beyond.

The views or parents and other stakeholders are regularly sought through a variety of questionnaires and meetings. For example, we have an active Middle Leader Board, regular staff forums and a number of Parent Focus Evenings take place throughout the academic year.

The Rule Of Law

The importance of the rule of law is regularly reinforced across the academy. As well as the academy Behaviour for Learning Policy and regular assemblies, pupils are taught the value of our legal system as part of their SMSC provision. This includes a knowledge and understanding of the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from external organisations, such as the Police, are regular occurrences in the academy and strengthen this message.

Individual Liberty

Through the curriculum students learn to understand the meaning and importance of liberty. For example, in SMSC they learn about religious freedoms within Great Britain, in History they learn about civil rights and slavery and in ICT they consider laws such as, Copyright etc.

The academy has an inclusive philosophy with pupil and parent questionnaires confirming that the overwhelming majority feel safe and secure. Bullying and extreme views in any form are condemned, with regular opportunities taken to reinforce this message and remind students how to stay safe. Indeed, whilst pupils are encouraged to know and understand their rights, they are also encouraged to recognise their responsibilities and to consider how they do both safely. E-safety, for instance, is incorporated into ICT lessons and is supported by our revised E-Safety Policy. Pupils are always encouraged to report any concerns they may have to the Pastoral Team.

Finally, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices. In particular, an options process allows them to choose which courses they would like to continue with at the end of year 8 and again at the end of year 10. All pupils have the choice of a wide range of extra-curricular and enrichment activities which are reviewed on a termly basis.

Mutual Respect And Tolerance

The academy actively promotes the value of “respect”. This is reiterated through our Behaviour for Learning Policy, as well as our curriculum and ethos in general. In particular, pupils are regularly involved in pastoral activities and SMSC lessons that explore a deeper understanding of religious beliefs and cultural diversity and which consider exactly what “respect” and “tolerance” means in practice. The academy has a number of excellent cultural visits and international links including schools and other organisations in Africa. Our pupils lead on fundraising events for local, national and international causes.

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