Luddendenfoot Academy

Luddendenfoot Academy
Where Children Succeed

British Values

At Brighter Futures Academy Trust, we promote fundamental British values through our Trust’s code of conduct, the whole curriculum and our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development.

We reinforce and promote British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance.

Democracy

We promote an understanding of democracy by giving children in our Trust a voice, a right to express their opinion. Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. Classes hold annual elections in order to select two school council members for each year group. The school council meets regularly to discuss issues raised by pupils. School Council is also involved in the recruitment of new staff, wherever possible. The council discuss rights and fundraising, and present ideas at assemblies on whole school issues.

Children have an annual questionnaire to put forward their views about the school. The children have been involved in making decisions about a range of aspects of school life, such as the new school uniform, school lunches, sponsored animals for each class and play opportunities. Our children are often encouraged to discuss their viewpoints in lessons and to make decisions as a group, giving them additional choice and autonomy.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws is consistently reinforced throughout the school day. Children 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. The Trust’s Home-School agreement sets out the contract between the school, the child and their parents. The Community Class Rules sets out expected behaviour and associated rights in each class. Our philosophy for children programme is used as an opportunity to discuss difficult situations that benefit from whole class discussion. Keeping safe when using the internet is regularly discussed with children in computing lessons and in assemblies. All members of the school community sign our Acceptable Use Policy and pledge to use the internet safely. The Trust has very good links with authorities such as the Police and Fire Service, who visit and help to reinforce the Rule of Law and education children on ways to keep themselves safe.

Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a Trust we educate and provide boundaries for children to make choices, through provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely.

Mutual Respect

Children learn that their behaviour has an impact on their rights and those of others. There are many opportunities to develop SMSC (Social, Emotional, Spiritual and Cultural Education) across the curriculum for example through R.E., PSHE, PE, art, music, history, geography, science and English. Children are encouraged to work in collaboration as much as possible either in their class, with other

year groups, as mediators, and sometimes with other schools in sport or at music and dance festivals.

All members of the school community treat each other with respect. We publish all our behaviour policies on the website and parents, children and staff sign a Home-School agreement setting out our expectations. Assemblies on inspirational people reflect this ethos. We hold regular events where members of the school community are able to celebrate our diversity.

Tolerance

Within our school we constantly promote tolerance towards others from different backgrounds, cultures, languages, faiths and beliefs. Our Religious Education curriculm and Personal, Social, Health and Emotional curriculum reinforce our commitment towards a tolerant society. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths. As an inclusive school we celebrate a variety of important religious festivals throughout the year for example Diwali, Eid al Futr, Guru Nanak's Birthday, Christmas, Chinese New Year, Easter and Shrove Tuesday. During these we encourage the children to identify similarities between faiths. Parents or children take on central roles in these assemblies to which other members of the school community are invited.