At Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy we take a cross-curricular approach to the promotion of fundamental British values, including ‘democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs’. These values are core across the curriculum and intertwined with everything that we do. Throughout their education at Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy, students are encouraged learn about and exemplify these fundamental values, it is these experiences both within lessons and in extra curricula activities across the Academy that prepares students for life in modern Britain.
Being part of Britain
As an Academy, we value and celebrate the diverse heritage of everybody within our school community. Alongside this, we value and celebrate being part of Britain. In general terms, this means we celebrate traditions: student Graduations and formal prizegiving ceremonies are held, the latter being held in the Stationers’ Livery Company; and what could be more British than a Pantomime performance or visiting care homes to entertain residents at Christmas! We also value and celebrate national events such as Remembrance Day led by student members of cadet forces.
Our links with the Stationers’ Livery Company exposes our students to a wealth of opportunities to learn about the rich history and traditions of the City of London as well as its vital importance as one of the world’s leading global cities and financial centres. The Stationers’ support our students through mentoring programmes in the Sixth Form and also sponsor projects within the curriculum such as the WW1 Art Exhibition. This project involved students exploreing the heritage of the supply chain behind the scenes in WW1 and the importance of the trades and industries represented by the Livery Companies both in terms of the strategic role they played and the human stories linked to them. In 2017 the Exhibition will be displayed at the Guildhall Art Gallery
Students, parents and staff have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. Democracy is central to how we operate. An obvious example is our Student Council. The election of students reflects our British electoral system and demonstrates democracy in action; candidates make speeches, students consider characteristics important for an elected representative, students vote in secret using ballot boxes etc. Made up of two representatives from each class the Academy Council meets regularly to discuss issues raised by different classes. This is further supported by the election of our Academy Presidents and Prefects in the Sixth Form. In addition, student Sport Leaders are elected across all Key Stages to promote and encourage participation in sports clubs and competitions as well as champion ‘healthy living’ .
The appointment of Parent/Carer Associate Governors to each of our Small Schools also follows a democratic election process, as does Parent/Carer representatives on the Governing Body Half termly meetings, discussions and visits with Small School Leaders ensures that Associate Governors are fully briefed on issues within the Academy and can feedback to Governing Body members at main Governing Body meetings.
British values are modelled within a respectful classroom environment. Within the curriculum, democracy and justice are explored across subjects including History, Geography, SRS, MFL, English and other subjects, including Wellbeing time. For example, within the Maths curriculum real life data such as electoral statistics are used to model contemporary mathematical problems. Our aim is to use every opportunity to help students understand that different societies and communities exist in their own country and beyond and help them appreciate political differences, fairness, equality and democracy.
Rules and laws
The importance of rules and laws, whether they be those that govern our Academy or our country, are referred to and reinforced often, such as in assemblies and when reflecting on behaviour choices. Students are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves, and the consequences when laws are broken. These values are reinforced in different ways: the presence of a Metropolitan Police School Support Officer on site and visits from other authorities such as the fire service; during Social & Religious Studies, when rules for particular faiths are thought about and modelled through a ‘blind vote’; during other school subjects, where there is respect and appreciation for different rules – in a sports lesson, for example.
Alongside rules and laws, we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs. Through the provision of a safe, supportive environment and empowering education, we provide boundaries for our young pupils to make choices safely; for example: learning how to challenge viewpoints in a respectful manner; understand that different cultures exist and have the right to live by different set of rules.
Our students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are taught how to exercise these safely, such as in our e-safety and Wellbeing sessions.
The importance of teamwork, problem solving and understanding complex concepts is demonstrated in Maths and across the curriculum, where students are encouraged to work together, and support each other to make the right choices or arrive at the correct solutions.
Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Our students know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone and everything, whatever differences we may have, whether it is an Academy resource, a religious belief or whatever. Students learn that their behaviour choices have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the Academy community should treat each other with respect and our Vision and Mission Statement and Behaviour Policy: ‘ Rights, Responsibilities and Expectations’ reinforces our values.
Specific examples of how we at Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy enhance students understanding and respect for different faiths and beliefs: