Promoting British Values
Big Creative Academy is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom, London and the borough of Waltham Forest. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. The Academy is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its students through lessons, a focus on wellbeing and in extra curricular activities.
The Government emphasises that all education providers are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools and colleges. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The five British Values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The academy uses strategies within the curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students. The examples that follow show some of the many ways the academy seeks to embed British values.
The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at BCA, with democracy processes being used for important decisions within the Academy community, for instance, elections being held for class rep. The principle of democracy is also explored in all areas of curriculum as well as in tutorial time and wellbeing classes, looking at local and general elections and how we are governed.
The rule of law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the Academy, or the country, are consistently reinforced.
Students are taught the rules and expectations of the Academy which are highlighted by the student code of conduct and student expectations. Students 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 authorities such as the Police and lawyers and community groups reinforce this message.
At the Big creative Academy, students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff at the academy educate and provide boundaries for students to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education.
Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through safeguarding sessions, tutorials and debates.
The academy has a robust anti-bullying culture and has in place a comprehensive Behaviour for Learning Policy.
Respect is a strong part of the academy and it is a value we look to uphold and promote. Students learn that their behaviours has an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the Academy treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through its teaching and learning environments.
Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for students to express their views in a safe environment with so that the thoughts and answers of all are respected’.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved though equipping students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving the opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community. Students benefit from a number of visitors, representing different cultures and faiths. Additionally, students are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the Academy and celebrate and promote them through student led events. The wellbeing curriculum, which is compulsory for all students, provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.
The Academy is part of Educate and Celebrate Programme which is recognised by Department for education for its contribution to students’ understanding of LGBT issues. The academy strives endlessly to ensure that its students leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and a successful contribution to our Society.