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Promoting British Values at Parkwood Academy
Parkwood Academy is committed to serving the local community and its surrounding areas. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom, and therefore those it serves. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
The school, as an inclusive establishment, accepts admissions from all those entitled to an education under British law, including pupils of all faiths or none. It follows the policies regarding equal opportunities, which guarantee there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status or similar. It seeks to serve all.
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 and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. At Parkwood Academy these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Enabling Students to develop self –knowledge, self esteem and self confidence:
This is seen on a daily basis within Parkwood Academy through many different examples including through the delivery of the PSHE curriculum, being encouraged to take risks, Celebration Assembly, various rewards including House Points, Headteacher’s cup and Star of the Week. Children are encouraged to take part in a variety of sporting activities, school performances e.g. Pantomime and Parkwood’s Got Talent and extra-curricular opportunities. There is also an intervention led by the learning mentor where specific children are allocated time to develop their self esteem and counselling is also available from external agencies e.g. Kids Inspire and Relate. Enrichment opportunities held in partnership with local schools allows children to extend their self knowledge.
The Rule of Law:
At Parkwood Academy we have a behaviour policy which enables everyone, parents, pupils, staff and governors, to share responsibility for creating an atmosphere which is conducive to a successful school. Our rules and expectations are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when rules are broken. Each class has a set of class rules which the children have themselves been involved in creating, Visits and talks from authorities such as the police; fire service; health service etc. help reinforce this message.
Accepting Responsibility for their own behaviour and Contributing positively to the locality of the school and society.
We provide boundaries for pupils to enable them to make choices safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Pupils have roles and responsibilities in school, for example, Play Leaders, Sports leaders, Lunchtime Servers, class helpers, Gardening club and School Council Members. Children are actively encouraged to work with other pupils from local schools within attending enrichment days, participating in sports events held at schools or the Sports Stadium or being part of other events including the Infant and Junior Music Festival. The school takes part in different charity events including Comic Relief, Children in Need and Macmillan. Year 5 pupils also visit local elderly homes and play games and sing to them on an annual basis. Year 6 visit the local special school and help children with disabilities. They also attend our school on a weekly basis and enjoy lunchtimes with us and individuals attend a variety of lessons.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
Our R.E. and PSHE curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures. Other cultures are often celebrated as part of our theme approach e.g. learning about African culture or studying a modern foreign language and learning about the country’s culture and traditions across KS2. We also seek opportunities to value the different cultures of children within the school and hold special days to celebrate some of the traditions. As a school we learn about and celebrate Christian festivals including Harvest, Christmas and Easter and the whole school visits the local church to participate in a special service.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy revolves around Core Values such as ‘Respect’. Pupils discuss the current value in assemblies and PHSE lessons. Children who demonstrate positive use of our values are recognised and rewarded in assembly time. Respect is also reiterated through our classroom and learning rules.
Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through Pupil Questionnaires, Pupil Perception Interviews and Our School Council. The establishment of a new School Council each year models the democratic process. Each class from Year 1 upwards is responsible for electing two pupils to represent their class on the School Council and an ‘Election Day’ is held. In the lead up to this day individual candidate’s manifestos are shared. Other ways where support for participation is encouraged is through holding assemblies about elections, studying the democratic system as part of the PSHE curriculum, voting during lessons and debating in lessons.