In June 2014, David Cameron emphasised the important role that British values can play in education.
How well a school promotes such values is an aspect of Ofsted’s inspection process.
At the Blackbird Academy Trust, as well as actively promoting British values, the opposite also applies: we would actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’ views.
For our policy with regards to the promotion of British Values, please see the policies section of our website.
Below are just a few examples of how we promote British values. The first section is a general overview; the others are specific expectations set out by Ofsted.
Being part of Britain
As an Academy, we value and celebrate the diverse heritages of everybody in Blackbird Leys. Alongside this, we value and celebrate being part of Britain. In general terms, this means that we celebrate traditions, such as customs in the course of the year.
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.
Pupils 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.
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.
Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Orchard Meadow, Pegasus and Windale schools are in an area which is greatly culturally diverse and we are proud to promote and celebrate our different backgrounds and beliefs. Mutual respect is at the heart of our aims and vision.
Our pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have, and to everything. Children learn that their behaviour choices have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community should treat each other with respect.