The Government has recently encouraged 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.’
At Easington Academy these values form part of the school ethos. They are embedded throughout our curriculum both within citizenship, RE, history and sociology lessons. Assemblies are also an important vehicle in promoting British values throughout the school. There are also carousels for Key Stage 3 students on a variety of Citizenship issues.
Democracy is deeply embedded within the school. Students have many opportunities to voice their opinions. Democracy is also taught in the Key Stage 4 RE and citizenship GCSE programmes. This encourages the students to discuss key issues including the reasons why voting is important, devolution, referenda and making laws.
The rule of law
The importance of rules and laws is consistently reinforced throughout the school day, be these the schools or those on a national level. Rights and responsibilities of the individual are covered through the GCSE RE and citizenship programmes. Students understand the consequences of breaking the rules/laws. This is reinforced in the school through the behaviour policy, which is shared with the students in their planner.
Within school, students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe supportive environment. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through e-safety lessons and assemblies. Students are also encouraged to make informed choices regarding extra-curricular clubs, activities week and selecting GCSE courses at the end of Year 8.
Easington Academy is an inclusive school. We believe that all students are valued and that second best is not good enough for our students. Respect in lessons is highly valued and reinforced through our school expectations, routines and behaviour policy. The need for respect is discussed in school assemblies and ‘thought for the day,’
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Easington Academy embraces diversity and enhances student’s understanding of different faiths and beliefs. RE and citizenship lessons at Key Stages 3 and 4 focus on the importance of identity and diversity and the benefits this brings to society. RE lessons examine prejudice-based bullying and the RE curriculum supports student understanding of the value of different faiths. Students have had the opportunity to visit Rome, Holy Island and places of worship in the last two years.