The Department for Education have recently 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.” At St Augustine Academy, the promotion of these values, in line with our Christian ethos, is taught across all areas of the Academy.
The ethical values of openness, honesty, social responsibility and caring for others are also at the heart of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of Academy students. Click here to see a summary of our Academy ethos. These values are part of the Woodard Academies’ Christian distinctiveness and as such are not owned by any individual, national, cultural or religious group.
The Academy also has a Chapel which is used both as a place for reflection as well as a break and lunch time safe social space for some of our less self-confident students.
- The Academy Student Council is made up from elected student representatives from each Mentor group who meet every week to discuss any issues relating to the Academy environment and find ways to resolve them. They also contribute to a range of initiatives including fundraising in conjunction with the Senior Student Team.
- Student voice is a mechanism whereby small ‘focus groups’ of students are invited to give feedback on specific lessons to their teachers
- There are opportunities to take part in mock versions of UK elections and referendums. Citizenship is taught across the curriculum at KS3 with an option to study at GCSE level. Fundraising events (eg. Marie Curie, Macmillan, Nepalese earthquake) are popular throughout the Academy and often feature as part of the Citizenship course.
The Rule of Law
- Academy rules and expectations of students are backed up by a clearly defined rewards & sanctions system which expects students to take responsibility for their own behaviour and choices.
- Student freedom to express personal views within the Academy with an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself or having none at all should be accepted and tolerated and should not be the victim of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
- E-safety is explained and emphasised
Mutual Respect and tolerance
- Assemblies and ‘Theme of the Week’ – the topics chosen encourages students to think deeper about world issues that affect us all as well as highlighting important celebrations from other cultures and faiths. It also helps students to reflect on concepts such as restraint, success, respect and standards.
- Mentor time discussions
- Restorative justice
- Anti-bullying policy
Individual subject areas
- Subjects such as Citizenship, RE and PSHE directly address these issues as part of their curriculum.
- Other subjects contain elements of these areas that are relevant to the topics that they study which more broadly reflect these values