Thornaby Academy is committed to serving its community. At Thornaby Academy we recognise not only the importance of allowing students to flourish academically but we also embrace our wider role in preparing them for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum. Part of our role in that preparation is ensuring that we promote and reinforce British values to our students.
Thornaby Academy recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. The Academy also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
Thornaby Academy follows 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 Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The five British Values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The academy uses strategies within the curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students. The examples that follow are an indication of some of the many ways we seek to embed British values at Thornaby Academy and should be seen as an indication of our approach rather than an exhaustive list.
The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at Thornaby Academy, with democratic processes being used for important decisions within the academy community, for instance, elections being held for Hub Leaders, the Student Leadership team and Student Parliament members. The principle of democracy is explored in the History, Life and Religious Studies curriculum as well as in tutor time and assemblies. Student voice activities occur throughout the year to inform teaching and learning and policies such as Behaviour and attendance, and anti-bullying. The student leadership team lead on a variety of whole academy strands such as community, events and transition.
The rule of law
Our students will encounter rules and laws throughout their lives. The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the academy, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Thornaby Academy.
Students are taught the rules and expectations of the school which are highlighted by the student code of conduct and student expectations. Students are taught the value and the reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service are regular parts of our calendar and reinforce this message.
The staff and students at Thornaby Academy work hard to ensure that there is a positive culture where they are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. All staff at Thornaby Academy educate and provide boundaries for students to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. We offer students enrichment opportunities that they are free to choose from, and within many lessons they are given the challenge and support to allow them to have some degree of independence within their learning.
Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through e-safety in ICT, whole academy lessons and assemblies. At the academy we believe that valuing choice and freedom in daily school life will foster a value for individual liberty as the children embark upon their adult lives.
Mutual respect is at the core of our academy life. Students learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through all teaching and learning environments.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At Thornaby Academy we offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions of the world are studied and respected. We strongly believe that tolerance is achieved though equipping students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving the opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community. Students are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the academy and celebrate festivities throughout the calendar year. The Religious Studies curriculum, which is compulsory for all students up to the end of KS4, provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.
Through our curriculum and the routines of our daily academy life we strive endlessly to ensure that our students leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and a successful contribution to our Society.
A downloadable version is available here British Values audit 2018