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Promoting British Values

 

Westfield Academy promotes fundamental British through following DFE advice for maintained schools (November 2014), which states “schools should 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”

These fundamental British values underpin school ethos and are promoted on a day to day basis. The examples that follow indicate ways in which these values are promoted.

Democracy

Annual elections are held for the posts of form captain following a round of hustings. Form captains represent the views of their peers and report back following school council meetings. Mock elections are held to mirror national and local elections or referenda. Students are able to take on a wide range of roles of responsibility (Prefect, House Captain, and Sports Captain) and through so doing, work with others to improve their school and act as role models to others.

Rule of Law

Through assemblies, tutor periods and lessons, students are taught the reason for and thinking behind rules that apply at school and in the wider community. These are re-enforced through a system of rewards and sanctions that are clearly understood and appreciated by students. In age-appropriate Personal Development lessons, students are taught to consider the law of the land, how it has been arrived at, and how it applies to them and others.

Individual Liberty

Within school rules, students are encouraged to express their own views and explore their own beliefs and sense of identity. Our aim is to ensure students are empowered to make informed choices regarding issues that face them.  For example, lessons and assemblies on the theme of e-safety are designed to ensure students use information technologies as powerful learning tools whilst taking steps to stay safe on-line.

Mutual Respect and Tolerance

Westfield is a very inclusive school where an understanding and appreciation of others is encouraged. Students learn about cultures different to their own through Social Ethics lessons, whilst an annual Diversity Week is an opportunity to experience first hand from the wide range of cultures within our local community. Strong links with a school in China and another in India allows students to interact first hand with their peers outside of Europe. Students may also work to support others through being a “peer reader” to support weaker readers, as a “peer mentor” to support students new to the school, or by becoming part of our “school buddy” programme.

Schools in the UK took a major role in the “Prevent” strategy under the ‘Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015’ - specifically to ‘have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. Staff at Westfield are appropriately trained in order to meet these requirements.