Modern British Values
Promoting Modern British Values
King Edward VII Academy attaches great importance to Promoting Modern British Values. We see it as a central component of the work we are currently undertaking around our academy ethos.
We believe that it should
- enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
- enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
- encourage students 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
- enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;
- develop further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;
- encourage respect for other people;
- 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 England.
Democracy is richly embedded within our academy. Students have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Student Senate, Our Learning and Progress Council, student questionnaires, meeting with the Head of School, becoming a sports or subject leader and through being either a Head boy, head girl or a prefect. Our school behaviour and values policies involve rewards and sanctions; this is shared through all aspects of academy life and also shared with parents, carers and children throughout the academy.
The rule of Law:
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the academy, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through house assemblies. Students are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Units of study on social justice and crime and punishment at KS4 help to reinforce this important message.
Our work with the Norfolk Safer Schools Partnership allow us to ensure that students are aware of and respect the law of the land. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service are a regular part of our calendar events and help reinforce this message.
At our academy, students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As an academy we educate and provide boundaries for all students to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and an empowering approach through the education. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our diploma days.
Students are further empowered through being part of our Student Senate, Learning and Progress Council and being able to take part in student forums which link directly to the senior leadership team or governors. Students are given the freedom to make a wide range of choices from attending extra-curricular clubs, partaking in our extra curricular house enrichment programme, encouraged to represent the academy and to support fundraising events.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Students learn that their behaviours’ have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the academy community are encouraged to treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of different cultures and beliefs:
Our academy is situated in an area which is has changed greatly within a short space of time. Almost 20% of our student population is now from a Non British background. We are mindful of the need to build on the excellent relationships that exist at our academy. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our SMSC programme reinforces this. We celebrate the successes of all our students and are always looking for excellent examples of good practice to share with all stakeholders within our academy. Members of different faith and cultural communities are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
British values are embedded in our teaching across the curriculum. We also teach these values more explicitly through our curriculum days and via assemblies. Assembly themes are communicated via the parents’ s newsletter so you are able to discuss these areas at home with your child if you wish.