At Ormiston Victory Academy we recognise not only the importance of supporting our students in achieving academically but also embrace our wider role in safeguarding their wellbeing and preparing them for their adult life. Part of our role in that preparation is ensuring that we promote and reinforce British values to our students.
The Government set out its definition of British values in the Prevent Strategy (Home Office, 2011) and subsequently The Prevent Duty: Departmental Advice for Schools and Childcare Providers (DfE 2015). It stated that:
“Schools and childcare providers can … build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge extremist views. It is important to emphasise that the Prevent duty is not intended to stop pupils debating controversial issues. On the contrary, schools should provide a safe space in which children, young people and staff can understand the risks associated with terrorism and develop the knowledge and skills to be able to challenge extremist arguments” (DfE, 2015 p5.)
These “fundamental British values” are considered to be democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. At Ormiston Victory Academy these values are openly promoted and are embedded throughout the academy community.
The examples that follow are an indication of some of the many ways we seek to embed British values at Ormiston Victory Academy and aim to provide an insight into our approach rather than an exhaustive list.
Click here for some samples of the other information in the academy regarding British Values.
Click here for the Scheme of Learning followed by Year 9 students as part of their core curriculum in PSHE+R.