How We Promote British Values
HOW WE PROMOTE BRITISH VALUES
At the R.Y.A.N Education Academy we recognise not only allowing young people to make progress academically, but we also embrace our wider responsibility in preparing them for their wider adult life so they can contribute to community /society. A part of our responsibility is to ensure we promote and reinforce British values to our young people.
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and considered them to be Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs. At the R.Y.A.N Education Academy these values are reinforced in a persistent manner and are threaded through the daily practices of the school community.
The examples that follow show some of the many ways the R.Y.A.N Education Academy seeks to embed British values.
The principle of democracy is a factor which is consistently reinforced with the R.Y.A.N Education Academy, with democracy processes being used to make important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections being held for peer mentor positions and team leaders. The principle of democracy is explored in the History, P.S.E and Religious Studies curriculum as well as in school assembly and tutorial time.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country are consistently reinforced at the R.Y.A.N Education Academy.
Young people are taught the rules and expectations of the school which are highlighted by the behaviour policy and monitored daily using the school behaviour and expectation chart. Young people are taught the value and the reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from the Police, External Speakers / Drama Performances and mentor sessions reinforce this message and or learning.
The R.Y.A.N Education Academy actively promotes and encourages young people to be independent thinkers which in turn prepare them to make independent choices. Young people are able to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff at the R.Y.A.N Education Academy educate and provide boundaries for young people to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education.
As a result our young people are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through e-safety and personal development lessons.
We endeavour to build on a foundation of love and respect for one another so that each pupil can build on their confidence, self-esteem; achieve their academic potential, thus approach the future with great enthusiasm and determination.
Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for students to express their views in a safe environment and to reinforce this, the R.Y.A.N Education Academy ethos implements morals which are founded on spiritual values namely respect, hope, love, faith and forgiveness.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved though equipping young people with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community. Young people are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school and celebrate festivities throughout the calendar year. The Religious Studies curriculum, which is compulsory for all young people up to the end of KS4, provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.
The R.Y.A.N Education as academy strives endlessly to ensure that its young people leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and make a purposeful contribution to our Society.
- All young people are encouraged to learn amongst those of other Faiths and those of non- Faiths with respect for diversity within a community.
- To promote resilience in a diverse school community and in the community we live in, as well as neighbouring communities.
- We promote, moral, social, cultural and educational values.
- Promote that all faiths have been crucial to British history.
We promote there is, ‘Unity in Diversity!’