Promoting British Values
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and the Prime Minister reiterated these values in 2014. The Government states that the core values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
At City Academy Norwich we are committed to promoting fundamental British values. Values which underpin a modern, civilised society of which we can be proud. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the
United Kingdom and understand the vital role we have in ensuring that groups and individuals within the Academy are protected.
At the heart of these values lie good relationships, in which teachers and students work together towards common goals. At City Academy Norwich these values are both integral and reinforced regularly.
The Academy follows the policies outlined by the TEN Group regarding equal opportunities, which guarantee that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political etc. We take our duty to prevent victimisation of any individual very seriously.
Behaviour Policies promote good behaviour and challenge poor behaviour, so that all students understand the concept of respecting each other and the impact this has on both their own, and others progress and learning. This is embedded through the Academy Respect campaign.
Below are further examples of when British values are shared in the Academy:
Our curriculum prepares students for life in British Society; this includes developing the understanding and use of money, effective reading and writing skills, collaboration and discussion to research ideas and concepts. Curriculum themes include historical and geographical study. In History, Democracy is explored through the study of British History and through the study of Germany 1919-1945. Students understand the differences between democracy and dictatorships. In key stage 3 students explore areas of law and order when studying Medieval Norwich and crime and punishment in the 19th century. The students explore the importance of mutual respect through their study of the Crusades and the study of the British Empire and the Slave Trade. Individual Liberty and individual rights are explored through the study of the French Revolution. The study of the Holocaust explores the value of tolerance and the importance of mutual respect.
Acts of collective worship/ whole school assembly
Our assemblies uphold traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance, also reflected in the Academy Respect campaign. Guests are invited to take assemblies as is our Safer Schools Officer. All of whom reinforce these traditional values.
Mutual respect is also taught within formal RE lessons, in PSHE drop down days and informally throughout the Academy. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-safety and PSHE work.
We endeavour to ensure that we are enhancing students’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society by offering them many and varied opportunities for them to experience this first hand. The Key Stage 3 RE syllabus is designed to give students a broad and varied curriculum experience that encompasses in-depth study of multiple world religions and world views, and also key anthropological events and movements that have shaped our world e.g. the abolition of slavery and the Civil Rights Movement. At Key stage 4, the GCSE syllabus is centred around the application of religious belief to a wide a variety of moral issues for example: war and conflict, abortion and euthanasia, crime and the law. This enables students to consider relevant and contemporary issues under the filter of their own views, and considering the views of others.
Promotion of the concept of “fair play”, following and developing rules, celebrating and rewarding success, accepting defeat and participating in activities that promote co-operation with others and inclusion for all, form an integral part of the PE curriculum.
Student Voice/ School Council
The Academy promotes democratic processes through the school council and the election of school leaders. This fosters the concept of freedom of speech and group action to address need and concerns.
For further information of how the Academy seeks to promote key British Values please contact the Academy.