British Values

Acle Academy is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum, serving the whole community and ensuring that we promote and reinforce British values to all our students. We follow 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 five British Values are:

        Democracy 

        The rule of law 

        Individual liberty 

        Mutual respect

        Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

 

The examples that follow show some of the many ways Acle Academy seeks to embed British Values through strategies within the national curriculum and beyond. 

Democracy 

The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at Acle Academy, with democratic processes being used for important decisions within the school community.  For instance, elections are part of the process for selecting representatives for the Student Council and House Captains.  The principle of democracy is also explored in subjects such as History and Life Skills as well as in tutor time and assemblies.  

During our Kindness Week students were able to nominate others for kindness shown.

Students take part in a consultation process when changes need to be made, such as to uniform or to the new school values, prior to implementation.  When appointing new posts to the school, students are always involved in a student panel and we regularly seeks students’ views on their provision through student panels and questionnaires. Students can post their thoughts on school activities and processes through the student suggestion box. 

 

The rule of law 

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the academy or the country are consistently reinforced at Acle Academy. 

Students are taught Acle Academy’s rules and expectations, which are highlighted by the Code of Conduct.  Students are taught the value and the reasons behind rules that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken – both inside and outside of the academy.  Visits from authorities such as the police reinforce this message.

 

Individual liberty 

Staff at Acle Academy provide an empowering education and positive boundaries for students whilst actively encourage them to make individual and informed choices in a safe environment.

Students are encouraged to know and understand their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely.  This is delivered through assemblies, Life Skills lessons and during tutor time.  Acle Academy has a robust anti-bullying culture as result of a high-level pastoral support through our Engage Centre and a clear and comprehensive Behaviour Policy

 

Mutual respect 

Respect is an integral part of Acle Academy and is part of its aims and values.  Students learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others.  All members of the academy 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.  Students are encouraged to express considered opinions with enthusiasm and respect for others.

 

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

This is achieved through equipping students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by creating opportunities to experience diversity within the school community.  The RE curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.  The syllabus helps students to have a broader understanding of spiritual, moral and sociological issues and encourages them to think about their own spiritual development. 

 

Acle 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.

In all phases a variety of religious beliefs are not only tolerated but embraced by staff and students.

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