At Fishtoft Academy we embrace our wider role in preparing our learners for their adult life beyond the formal, academic aspects of the curriculum. Part of our role in that preparation is ensuring that we promote and reinforce British values to our learners.
These are defined as:
Democracy – Making decisions together & the right to an opinion / voice.
The rule of law – Understanding rules, why they are important & following rules to develop order.
Individual liberty – Freedom of speech for all & the right to make their own choices.
Mutual respect – Treating others as they would want to be treated themselves; showing respect for each other & working together.
Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs – Learning about different faiths and cultures; listening to other viewpoints and developing an understanding of diversity,
Like our Academy values, these values are taught as part of our PHSE curriculum but are also reinforced in a pervasive manner and permeate all aspects of school life.
The examples that follow are an indication of some of the many ways we seek to embed British values at Fishtoft Academy and should be seen as an indication of our approach rather than an exhaustive list.
At Fishtoft Academy the principle of democracy is consistently reinforced, with the democratic process being employed for important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections being held for our Academy Ambassadors. The principle of democracy is also explored in History, PHSE and Religious Studies as well as in assemblies. Our Learners also visit the local council offices to engage in the art of debate and decision making as part of Parliament Week each year.
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 and through school assemblies and our PHSE programme of study. Students are taught the values and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. We actively engage with the Mini Police Program which helps our learners to develop an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety.
Within Fishtoft Academy, learners are actively encouraged to make independent choices knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Our learners are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PHSE lessons. Pupils are also given the freedom to make a wide range of choices from the challenge level of tasks within lessons to which extra-curricular clubs they wish to attend.
Respect is at the core of our school ethos and is modelled by learners and staff alike. The Academy promotes respect for others and this is evident throughout our classrooms and learning environments. In line with our commitment to democracy, learners are always able to voice their opinions though the student council and we foster an environment where students are safe to disagree with each other, as long as they do so in a respectful manner. Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum from the concept of ‘fair play’ in PE to the ‘community table’ system we adopt in the hall at lunchtimes where our older pupils work together with the midday supervision team to ensure all pupils have a safe and enjoyable dining experience.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved through equipping our learners with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. We seek to enhance their understanding of this through a range of educational visits and through welcoming visitors into the Academy from across the Academy. From these experiences, our students gain valuable knowledge about other cultures and beliefs. Additionally, our learners are actively encouraged to share their own faith and beliefs within the school. Our Religious Education curriculum provides a broad and balanced education covering a range of faiths, religions and cultures.