Promotion of British values at Tudor Grange Academy Kingshurst:
At Tudor Grange Academy Kingshurst we recognise not only the importance of allowing students to flourish academically but we also embrace our wider role in preparing them for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum. Part of our role in that preparation is ensuring that we promote and reinforce British Values to our students.
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 Tudor Grange Academy Kingshurst we endeavor to embed British Values through a number of opportunities both within and outside the curriculum. This is stipulated in our home-school partnership agreement and is an expectation from all stakeholders in our academy; staff, parents and students. Below are a few examples in how we strive to develop our students’ in their awareness and engagement of British Values; this is not exhaustive and should be seen as an indication of our approach rather than an exhaustive list.
Tudor Grange Academy Kingshurst recognise the importance of the student voice and promotes this through a variety of channels such as Form Reps, Head Boys / Head Girls and Student Voice. Each tutor group has the opportunity and is encouraged to discuss and share ideas on key academy policies and topics. These are developed in a number of arenas with Form Rep’s and Student Voice and which in turn are presented to SLT by the Head Boys / Girls. As a result of this process there have been many changes to the academy, most recently the design of our new post-16 common room and our mobile phone policy.
Elected representatives in each year group are given the opportunity and responsibility of producing materials to educate and engage the students on key topics such as radicalisation; bullying; CSE; e-safety etc. Thus empowering the students to take an active awareness and ensuring staff have an understanding from their perspective.
The student body is also heavily involved in our interview process for potential new teachers. They are allotted a section of the interview day where they will conduct their own questions as a panel and feedback to the SLT team.
The Rule of Law
Throughout the school day the importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, the local community or the country, are consistently reinforced through the school’s assembly programme as well as when dealing with issues of behaviour and conduct when students are expected to accept responsibility for their actions.
Through the PSHE programme students are taught the value and reasons behind laws and the consequences if these are broken.
We have an extremely close working partnership with our local CPSO’s who will speak to students either at assemblies to embed understanding, or on an individual / group basis if we feel particular aspects of law need to be re-enforced and explored.
Within school, students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young students to make choices safety, through of provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Through our PSHE curriculum students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely. In lessons, we encourage students to choose the task that will challenge them, giving them more freedom to determine their own learning. Students are also given the freedom to make choices with our extended services programme and the opportunity for participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs.
Respect is at the core of our school ethos and is modelled by students and staff alike. The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning environments. As a restorative justice academy, mutual respect is embraced throughout our behavior policy; where students are encouraged to develop an emotional literacy; where the focus is on accepting respect, responsibility, repair and reintegration. We encourage and teach our students the importance of positive relationships both with staff and each other. This echoed further through our PSHE programme and ‘circle time’, which every tutor group participates in on a weekly basis.
Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
This is achieved through equipping students 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. We also run a number of trips abroad throughout the academic year from which our students gain valuable experience of other cultures and languages. Assemblies and discussions during the curriculum and PSHE programme encourage students to gain knowledge, question and understand the diverse world we live in. Religious Studies curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.
Should you feel that you would like to understand British Values in more detail and how the academy integrates it within school life; or have any suggestions / resources which could embed British Values further, you should contact the Assistant Vice Principal for Personal Development and Welfare to arrange a meeting to discuss.