Below are some of the areas we cover in the academy. We also map our British Values into our Character Curriculum (please see the theme overviews for more detail as well as the map here)
Promoting British Values at Oasis Academy Warndon:
The DfE have reinforced the need "to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all 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."
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have ben reiterated this year (2014). At Oasis Academy Warndon these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We teach British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum. These values are taught explicitly through our Project and Thrive Curriculum and Religious Education (RE).
The Academy takes opportunities to actively promote British values through our daily assemblies, whole school systems and structures such as electing and running a successful School Council. We also actively promote the British Values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values. Actively promoting British Values also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including 'extremist' views.
Our vision, motto and rules also set some of the foundations of values driven learning:
School Vision: 'Happy hearts, enquiring minds, promising futures'
Believe in yourself Enjoy the journey
Healthy relationships Aspirations Perseverance Prepared for life You can succeed!
1. We are honest
2. We show respect
3. We are ready to learn
4. We try our best
The Pupil Parliament
As part of our curriculum in the 'Self' theme, children have the opportunity to run as am MP for the Pupil Parliament. As part of the campaign process, the children have to communicate their vision for the school and were consequently elected by their year groups. We have members of the Pupil Parliament within years 2-6 who will be work closely with our Pupil Parliament teachers and the Principal to debate current issues, including the Farm, playground equipment, health snacks, a reading shed, buddy benches and the environment around the school. The elected members are very enthusiastic about this opportunity and have already expressed some fantastic ideas.
How are British values reinforced in the Academy?
Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Pupil Parliament, pupil conferencing and by having good relationships with our teachers, pupils are encouraged to share their thoughts with their class. Individual children (or classes) who show they are modelling our vision, motto or rules, are selected for achievement assembly and celebrate their achievement with the whole school. The children have agreed on class rules at the start of the year to help ensure they actively work and demonstrate these rules when conducting themselves around the school. The rules are based around the Oasis Ethos which is embedded in all we do inside and outside the Academy.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. Our system for positive behaviour is aligned to an agreed set of rules and if children are given verbal warnings this is always set against the agreed school behaviour policy. Classes have reward systems where children are rewarded for living their life by the chose set of rules. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind the laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from our authorities such as the police and fire service are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our Academy, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As an Academy, we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedom and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E:Safety teaching, RE Syllabus and Project Curriculum. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs, choose the level of challenge in some lessons and are becoming increasingly more involved in child-led learning within the project curriculum and through Thrive, e.g. year 3 did their Dragon’s Den style pitches to year 6 within their project curriculum. Children are also encouraged to give their opinion on events that have taken place in the Academy and evaluate these experiences to help the Academy Leadership Team assess the impact of experiences to ensure it meets the needs of the children.
Our children are encouraged to participate in sports events to help build their skills and have experienced the taste of success through hard work, resilience and perseverance.
Part of Oasis ethos and behaviour policy is based around core Christian values such as 'respect' and 'responsibility' these values determine how we live as a community at Oasis Academy Warndon. Assemblies are based on 'Values for Life' and are central to how we expect everyone to go about their life at our Academy. Children and adults alike, including visitors, are encouraged to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. Values are highly visible around the Academy as SMSC links are clearly identified on our displays.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils' understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. We have children from a range of nationalities and cultures, but our catchment is predominantly white British, so it is essential that we widen children’s understanding of the diverse cultural and multi faith society in which we live. This is an ongoing area of focus for our Academy. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and identified in our project curriculum. The SMSC content is clearly visible through the project curriculum agreed approaches and the Thrive SMSC Map. Oasis Academy Warndon is also linked to a global project with other leaders and children in South Africa. Our Deputy Principal recently visited Johannesburg and we are creating active global links from this point forwards. Children are encouraged to research and discover differences and similarities between Britain and other countries. Children enjoy the experience of learning about different faiths and visiting different places of worship, comparing their experiences with their peers.
At Oasis Academy Warndon we are an Academy dedicated to ensuring that all children in our care are nurtured, inspired and shown how to achieve, leading to a love of lifelong learning that will enable our pupils to contribute effectively to the society we live in.