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Promoting British Values

 

Harborne Academy is a Multicultural School speaking at least 27 different languages

Students at Harborne Academy come from all over the world and we aim to instil the British values outlined by our Government in all students, so that they all understand what the people of our society see as being important and what we feel is right and wrong.

At Harborne Academy, we actively promote a culture of mutual respect and tolerance, democracy, the rule of law, equal opportunities and freedom.  British values permeate throughout the school curriculum and support the development of the whole child.

Harborne Academy is committed to serving its community. The school embraces the belief that at the heart of a modern ever changing, multi-cultural and multi-faith community is the acceptance of key British values which it is its responsibility to promote. In doing so, our learners will be able to grow as individuals and citizens in the community and country in which they live.

The school believes that this is something not only achieved through the curriculum but through the school’s core values and ethos as well as its provision for students beyond formal lessons.

Central to the advocacy of British values are the schools

  • Strategic commitment purpose intent

  • School motto “ Aspire Believe Achieve”

  • Core values of “belief, motivation, success”

  • Five Pillars of Learning

These guide and drive the direction of the school’s improvement but are also fundamental in supporting the development of British values.

The government set out its definition of “British Values” in its “Prevent Strategy”; values of

  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty

  • Mutual respect

  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Democracy

The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at Harborne Academy, with democracy processes being used for important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections being held for Head Boy and Girl and Prefects positions, Form and Sport Captains and Student Council members. The principle of democracy is also explored in the History and Religious Studies curriculum as well as in form time and assemblies. 

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 Harborne Academy. 

Students are taught the rules and expectations of the school 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 Prevent and other Services reinforce this message.

Individual liberty

At Harborne Academy, students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff at Harborne 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 e-safety and Form Time work.

Harborne Academy has a robust anti-bullying culture and has in place a comprehensive Behaviour for Learning Policy.

Mutual Respect

Respect is a strong part of Harborne Academy and is part of its Mission Statement & Values.  Students learn that their behavior’s has an effect on their own rights and those of others.  All members of the school community 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

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 international visitors, including students from other continents and cultures.  Additionally, students are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school and celebrate festivities throughout the calendar year. 

Please follow the links below for more information:

PSHE and British Values Governor  SMSC Guidance Maintained Schools 

ASSEMBLY THEMES 2015/16:

SUMMER TERM , WINTER TERM

Promoting British Values by Subject:

SMSC RS BRITISH VALUES AUDIT  HISTORY KS3-4  SMSC RS BRITISH VALUES AUDIT MUSIC 

SMSC RS BRITISH VALUES AUDIT BUSINESS STUDIES  SMSC RS BRITISH VALUES AUDIT DRAMA 

SMSC RS BRITISH VALUES AUDIT GCSE HISTORY  SMSC RS BRITISH VALUES AUDIT ICT 

SMSC RS BRITISH VALUES AUDIT RESISTANT MATERIALS  SMSC RS BRITISH VALUES AUDIT GEOGRAPHY

SMSC RS BRITISH VALUES AUDIT SCIENCE   SMSC RS BRITISH VALUES AUDIT ENGLISH

SMSC RS BRITISH VALUES AUDIT  SMSC RS BRITISH VALUES AUDIT MATHS

SMSC RS BRITISH VALUES AUDIT SCKILLS SCHOOL  SMSC RS BRITISH VALUES AUDIT ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY

 

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