British Values / SMSC
Ash Hill Academy promotes ‘British Values’ through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which permeates through each academy’s curriculum and supports the development of the ‘whole child’. We recognise that such development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by all staff and provide a model of behaviour for our students.
‘British Values’ have been identified as:
The principle of democracy is consistently reinforced, with the democratic process being employed for important decisions within each school community. The principles of democracy are explored in History and Life as well as in Form Time and assemblies. Student Voice ensures that our students exercise their democratic rights and feel part of big decisions within our academies.
Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern classrooms, schools, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Students learn the values and reasons behind the laws that govern and protect us. They learn about the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
Our students learn to manage their behaviour and take responsibility for their actions. Our staff are committed to providing a consistent and predictable environment within each academy and beyond. An environment of this type enables students to feel safe and secure; this in turn, promotes the optimum conditions for learning to take place.
We encourage students to become good and valued citizens. Our academy does this by supporting each student to become as independent as possible.
We invest a great deal of time in creating a positive culture, so that children are in a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged. Our academy offers a range of enrichment activities which students have the freedom to choose from, based on their interests.
Mutual respect is at the core of academy life. Students learn to treat each other and staff with great respect. This is evident when walking around any of our academies and within their classrooms.
We value the importance of facilitating opportunities for every academy to be part of the community as the students, families and staff have much to offer in the development of community cohesion.
Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
Our academies serve multi-faith communities where each person is respected and valued equally without regard to ability, gender, faith, heritage or race.
We offer a broad and balanced curriculum in which religions are studied and respected. Our assemblies help all students to find out about themselves and others; linking their lives to the communities in which they belong. We place great emphasis on providing opportunities to participate in events and celebrations to broaden all students’ experiences and awareness of others.
In our academy we believe that tolerance of different faiths and beliefs are best gained through knowledge and understanding. Through our curriculum as well as the routines of daily life at every academy, we strive to not only learn about but also to demonstrate tolerance and help children to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens who can build a better Britain for the future.
Radicalisation and Extremism
We believe and actively support the view that all students should be protected from radicalisation and extremism. Our approach to this is in line with the Government’s CONTEST (the counter terrorist strategy) and PREVENT (stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism) strategies.
Radicalisation is defined as “a process by which an individual or group comes to adopt increasingly extreme political, social or religious ideals and aspirations that (1) reject or undermine the status quo or (2) reject and /or undermine contemporary ideas and expressions of freedom of choice.”
Extremism is defined as “Vocal, or active opposition to fundamental British Values including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.”
Our 100% commitment to safeguarding student welfare means we are vigilant to monitoring vulnerability to radicalisation.
We are committed to educating students with regard to their engagement and acceptance with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We aim to support our students in developing and demonstrating skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
Educate Against Hate
Messages of hate can take many forms. Extremist groups use them to recruit young people. Parents can find information to aid understanding the issues and protect their children via the website: educateagainsthate.com
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of pupils at Delta Academies
The Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of our pupils has always been at the heart of the education offered in Delta Academies. Our Academies’ approach to SMSC is embedded in the Delta ethos of mutual respect, partnership working and collaboration; an approach that we believe is fundamental to a full and positive participation in life in modern Britain.
Examples of how fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, have been actively promoted across Delta Academies include:
- Academy ethos statements;
- Student Voice activities;
- Citizenship lessons;
- Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) programmes;
- Religious Education (RE);
- Healthy schools initiatives;
- Discussion within curriculum subjects;
- Charity work;
- Sporting events;
- Themes days and weeks;
- Educational visits and other learning outside the classroom.
We support the spiritual development of our students to enable them to develop their:
- ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values;
- sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them;
- use of imagination and creativity in their learning; and
- willingness to reflect on their experiences.
We support the moral development of our students to enable them to develop their:
- ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, and to apply this understanding in their own lives and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England;
- understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions; and
- interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, and being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.
We support the social development of our students to enable them to develop their:
- use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds;
- willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively;
- acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs;
We support the cultural development of our students to enable them to develop their:
- understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others;
- understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain;
- knowledge of Britain's democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain;
- willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities;
- interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity,
- tolerance towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.
Through the range of activities offered we aim to enable our students to develop their:
- self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
- their acceptance of responsibility for their behaviour;
- their understanding of how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality in with the Academy is situated and to society more widely;
- respect for their own and other cultures;
- respect for other people, with particular regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010; and
- respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process.
These are the skills and attitudes we believe will allow our students to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.