What are British Values?
Schools have been required to actively promote fundamental British values since 2014 to provide the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of their pupils. These values were first set out by the government in the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2011 to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. They run alongside our own school values of: confidence, friendship, determination, cooperation, independence and courage.
What does this mean for your child at The Ferrars Academy?
- Making decisions together
- Playing cooperatively
- Each child has a voice and their views are important and valued
- Allow children to decide when they need help or not
Rule of law
- Understanding that rules matter
- Setting a code of conduct
- Learning to take turns and share
- Learning to distinguish right from wrong
- Understanding that their own and other’s behaviour and its consequences
- Learning that the law is there to keep us safe
- Self confidence
- Reflection on differences and similarities
- Respect for choice
- Interests and different opinions
- The right to be heard
- Exploring the language of feelings and responsibility through a range of experiences
Mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs
- Treating others as you want to be treated
- Being kind and helpful
- Friendship and playing together
- Challenging negative attitude
- Being part of the community
- Understanding that all the children / adults have individual needs
- Learning about different faiths and culture
- Share and discuss practices, celebrations and experiences
In addition, the Ferrars Academy organises various charity work throughout the year. This includes fun days for Children In Need, Comic Relief and Guide Dogs for the blind; coffee mornings to support Macmillan nurses; and non-uniform days to raise money for the Nepal earthquake fund. This fostering of a commitment to charities is another way in which we teach a sense of Britishness. We also hold Christmas and Summer Fayre’s which help develop a strong community.
The Ferrars Academy follows a values based approach to much of our learning. We follow a different value for each half term. These are Confidence, Friendship, Independence, Determination, Courage and Co-operation. Work to support these values is streamed through PSHE lessons, assemblies, external visits and other curriculum opportunities. Children displaying these values are also recognised.
We celebrated St George's Day in style by coming into school dressed in red and white clothing, decorated the school, held an assembly where children acted out St George slaying the Dragon and hosted an after school disco.