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Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

British Values

The DfE have 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 Prevent Strategy: these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

  • democracy
  • rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

We teach British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum.  These values are taught explicitly through PSHE lessons in the Heritage and Values theme and Religious Education (RE).  

We take opportunities to actively promote British values through our weekly assemblies, whole school systems and structures such as electing and running a successful Pupil Parliament. We also actively promote the British Values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values. Actively promoting British Values also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including 'extremist' views.

Democracy

Democracy is an important value at our school. Children are encouraged to voice their ideas and thoughts. Individual children (or classes) who show they are modelling our vision, are selected for achievement assembly and celebrate their achievement with the whole school.  The children  agree on class rules at the start of the year to help ensure they actively work and demonstrate these rules when conducting themselves around the school.  The rules are based around the Oasis Ethos which is embedded in all we do inside and outside the academy. Year 6 children learn about parliament and run their own election campaigns.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days.  Our system for positive behaviour is aligned to an agreed set of rules and if children are given verbal warnings this is always set against the agreed school behaviour policy.  Classes have reward systems where children are rewarded for living their life by the chosen set of rules.  Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind the laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.  Visits from our authorities such as the police and fire service are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message. 

Individual Liberty

Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our academy, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.  As an academy, we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedom and  to understand the rights of others for example through PSHEC our E:Safety teaching, RE Syllabus and humanities curriculum. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices and reflect on their own development through the 9 Habits and PLTS. Our children are encouraged to participate in sports events to help build their skills and have experienced the taste of success through hard work, resilience and perseverance.  

Mutual Respect

Oasis ethos and behaviour policy is based around core values such as 'respect' and 'responsibility' these values determine how we live as a community. Assemblies are delivered through the '9 Habits' and values attached to each half term and are central to how we expect ourselves to treat each other. Children and adults alike, including visitors, are encouraged to conduct themselves in an inclusive manner and reflect on how things could be improved further.  Knowledge content in the PSHEC, history and geography coverage spark conversations and debate around what happens when others are not treated fairly and how we can combat this as world citizens. 

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

This is achieved through enhancing pupils' understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity.  We have children from a range of nationalities and cultures and it is essential that we widen children’s understanding of the diverse cultural and multi faith society in which we live. Assemblies and discussions and sequenced PSHEC themes around prejudices and prejudice-based bullying introduce children to historical and the potential for current discrimination.  This is supported by learning in RE, which introduces children to the major world  religions. Being part of an Oasis academy means we are part of a global project for inclusion and acceptance and this is deeply and deliberately woven into our curriculum. Children enjoy the experience of learning about different faiths and visiting different places of worship, comparing their experiences with their peers.

 

 

Planned opportunities for learning how to keep safe and well, responsibilities and rights

Exploration

autumn 1

Courage

Adventure

Entrepreneurship

Commitment

Perseverance

Achievement

Independence

Hope

School and class rules

How to manage emotions

Safety round exploring

 

 

 

How to make yourself feel good

Managing and asking for help with feelings anxiety, courage

Understanding and looking after mental health

Resilience

Dealing with different feelings

Recognising strength of feelings

Examples of people who have faced challenges

Fight / or flight

Dealing with setbacks

 

How are we the same but different? Refugees/ asylum seekers/ trafficking

 

Heritage autumn 2

Equality

Justice

Diversity

Community cohesion

Freedom

Respect

Self-control

Forgiving

Different families including right to feel protected and cared for

Different forms of diversity

Use power for good to stand up to bulling and teasing

Right to education

Online safety

How are we the same but different?

Homelessness and child exploitation

 

Discrimination

How are we the same but different?

Racism

Personal information on line

Understanding and standing up to  peer pressure

Knowing and liking yourself

 

Democracy/ everyone has the right to an opinion

Countering stereotyping

 

Cultures

spring 1

Creativity

Belief

Wisdom

Diversity

Caring for others

Joy

Compassion

Fairness

 

Celebrating uniqueness and what to do if someone is unkind and teasing’/ bullying

Tooth care

Guide dogs charity fund raise

Fair/unfair behaviour

How to make and maintain friendships

Positive and negative physical contact and how to respond

Belonging to groups

Feeling left out

How are we the same but different?

Pride and LGBT+?

 

How are we the same but different?

Gender

Understanding gender identification

Different types of friendship/ relationships

Including online/ working friendships/ sexual abuse /harrassment

Growing

spring 2

Natural/ world processes

Life is precious

Respect for living things

Creation

Self worth/happiness

Interdependence

Respect for living things

Caring

Love

Understanding girls and boys and no limits on gender expectations.

Safe touches

Healthy eating, physical activity, sleep, hygiene and medicine

Private parts

How are we the same but different? Disability

Understanding disability including hidden disabilities

Positive relationships/ friendship Telling truth

Secrets

Drugs and alcohol

Knife crime

Bullying including online

Reproduction

Managing anxiety and stress

PLSS summer 1

Direction

Clarity

Patterns

Cause and Consequenc

Synergy

Interdependence

Patience

 

Good secrets

What to do if they feel unsafe and how to ask for help

Strategies to resolve simple arguments

Stranger danger

Road safety

How special people should care for them

Keeping safe at home

Fire safety

 Hot liquids electricity

Stranger danger

 

When to ask permission

Positive family relationships and how to respond if not positive

Safety in the environment

Cycle/road safety/

Warning signs

Telling adults where you are going

 

Healthy parent / child relationships

FGM

Forced marriage

Aspirations

Careers

PLSS summer 2

Sustainability

Awe Wonder

Interdependence

Responsibility

Mindfulness

Honesty

Hope

Power to make changes happen

 

Safety in familiar and unfamiliar settings

Water safety

People who work to keep you safe. How to get help in an emergency

Rules and age restrictions to keep safe

Transition to KS 2

 

Changes in body Good/bad secrets

 

Water safety

Changes during puberty / money

Basic first aid /

Transition and celebration of achievements

Internet safety runs through all topics