Promotion of British values at The Co-operative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent
We know the importance of allowing students to flourish academically, and we embrace our wider role in preparing them for their adult life. Part of our role in that is promoting British values with our students; values which underpin a modern, civilised society of which we can be proud.
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. These values are democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. These values play a central role within the school community.
At the heart of these values lie good relationships in which teachers and students work together towards common goals.
We encourage Democracy within the academy, both through our Co-op values and our work across the Academy. Students have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our student voice and student questionnaires. Students also have a say in the ‘student charter’ which is co-constructed at the start of each year. Students have a say in which rules should apply in the classroom so as to create a positive, learning environment for all. Students are involved in the recruitment of new staff members, allowing them to have input on how our community grows.
The Rule of Law
Students are taught the value of and reasoning behind laws, and why they are important to govern and protect us. We also teach them about our social and self-responsibility to respect laws; be they those which govern the class, the academy or the country. We use our own behaviour in the Academy as an example of how to respect the rule of law.
Students are encouraged to use their own self-responsibility, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As an academy, we provide the education and safe environment where pupils can start to make their own choices. We encourage students to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms. We offer a range of extra-curricular clubs and opportunities and students are given the freedom to make choices about what they want to do.
The Academy’s ethos and behaviour policy is built around the co-operative ways of being (Succeed Together; Be Yourself, Always; Do What Matters Most and Show You Care). Students are part of discussions and assemblies relating to what these mean and how they manifest themselves. We display these values around the Academy to promote respect for others, and this is strengthened through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
We are proud that our Academy is very diverse and we give all students the opportunity to experience this within our Academy and community. We help students understand their place in a culturally diverse society, and the importance of accepting others. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying are followed and supported by learning in RE, citizenship, coaching time and Guild theme days. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences with each other.