Briscoe Lane Academy promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We promote British Values in the following ways.
Being part of Britain
As a school, we value and celebrate the diverse heritages of everybody at Briscoe Lane Academy. 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; for example, Harvest festival during the Autumn term, and watching a pantomime around Christmas time.
Furthermore, children learn about being part of Britain from different specific perspectives. In teaching Geography and History we specifically teach about being part of Britain and what has shaped our country eg language and law, roads.
In Geography: The children are taught about their local area and the world about them, looking at interesting geographical features and landmarks locally and in Britain. Other geography topics have given children information about Britain:
- Its capital cities and counties, its rivers and mountains;
- How ‘Great Britain’ differs from ‘England’ and ‘the United Kingdom’;
- Where Britain is in relation to the rest of Europe and other countries in the world.
In History: Various British themes/topics are taught, throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 including; The Stone Ages; Invaders and Settlers; Florence Nightingale ; Mary Seacole; Queen Elizabeth 1; Queen Elizabeth 2; Guy Fawkes; Great Fire of London/Samuel Pepys; The Tudors; Local history; Victorian Manchester and World War 2.
Children, parents and staff have many opportunities for their voices to be heard at Briscoe Lane Academy. Democracy is central to how we operate.
An obvious example is our School Council. The election of the School Council members reflects our British electoral system and demonstrates democracy in action: candidates make speeches, pupils consider characteristics important for an elected representative, pupils vote in secret using ballot boxes etc. Made up of one representative from each class, the School Council meets regularly to discuss issues raised by the different classes.
Other examples of ‘pupil voice’ are:
- Children decide with their teachers fair classroom rules.
- Children have the opportunity to nominate and vote for others to receive certificates. For example, the Urban Crew and Playground Buddies decide which children are deserving of their special ‘role model’ awards for the weekly Well Done assemblies.
- School Council members report to Governors twice a year about the strengths of the academy and any areas to feel needs improving.
- Pupil questionnaires are conducted throughout the year. The children are asked about a range of issues in school ranging from their thoughts on bullying and keeping safe to their opinions on lunchtime provision.
Rules and laws
The children learn from an early age that we are all subject to the Rule of Law which applies in this country. The importance of Laws, as applicable to, the academy, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. The children understand how laws are there to protect us; keeping us safe. They acknowledge their responsibility to uphold laws and understand the consequences when laws are broken.
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. These values are reinforced in different ways:
- School Behaviour Policy is shared with all stakeholders.
- Children reflect regularly on their learning during lessons and their behaviour during lessons.
- Yearly parent/carer questionnaires which relate to behaviour, safety etc.
- Links with police officers, community officers and fire officers who support the importance of laws.
- Throughout the year, assemblies link to the law eg school rules, anti- bullying.
- Anti –bullying week and e safety day help children understand how to behave towards each other and how to be safe.
- During Religious Education, when rules for particular faiths are thought about.
- During other school subjects, where there is respect and appreciation for different rules – in a sports lesson, for example.
- Through philosophical enquiry in our philosophy lessons, where children are given opportunities to discuss and debate the reasons for laws so that children can see the importance of these for their own protection.
Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school, we educate and provide boundaries for our children to make these choices safely, through our provision of a safe environment. We encourage the children to express and justify their opinions; exercising their rights and personal freedoms. As a school, we celebrate every individual and children are treated from this viewpoint.
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; for example:
- Choices around the participation in extra-curricular activities.
- Regular circle time, challenging activities, philosophy and e-safety lessons enable the children to listen and make informed choices.
- Within the academy and in the community, children demonstrate a clear understanding of expectation of behaviour
- Children take responsibilities such as school council members, the Urban Crew and Buddies, helping and caring for other children.
- We use Christian values as a focus for assemblies eg respect, forgiveness, truthfulness, responsibility.
- Children participate in whole school and community remembrance assemblies.
- We encourage participation in charitable events eg Children in Need, Macmillan Coffee morning, Sport Relief, NSPCC.
- We collect and distribute food from our parents to good causes such as Walking with the Wounded and local community centers.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. Children develop an understanding of tolerance and mutual respect. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
- Our PSHE curriculum allows planned opportunities to develop topics such as being me in my world, celebrating differences, dreams and goals, healthy me, relationships and changing me. These units enable children to develop a greater understanding of themselves, those around them and across Britain. Themes covered include what represents modern Britain and how we are both similar and different.
- Our Religious Education scheme of learning throughout the school enables the children to learn not only knowledge but also develop an understanding of the world of religion and how beliefs impact on daily lives. This helps develop tolerance and mutual respect for religious viewpoints.
- Celebration assembly every Friday where children show respect for everyone.
- Yearly anti-bullying week and e-safety day which explore how their behaviours affect others.
- We have a child friendly anti-bullying policy which has been shared with the children and their parents/carers and displayed.
- Promotion of ‘fair play’ in PE and Sport sessions.
- School Council
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
At Briscoe Lane Academy we offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected. We strongly believe that tolerance is gained through knowledge and understanding. Through our curriculum and the routines of our daily school life, we strive to demonstrate tolerance and help children to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens who can build a better Britain for the future.
This is achieved through:
- Enhancing children’s understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
- Inviting children and parents/carers to share home cultures in school.
- We have a yearly Multi Cultural Week.- where sometimes we will celebrate and enjoy learning about the differences in countries and cultures around the word.
- Our RE scheme of learning throughout the school involves the children learning both knowledge and understanding of the different world religions and how these beliefs impact on daily lives. Christianity is taught alongside Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. We follow SACRE.
- Use of a variety of Faith Stories in assemblies
- Reflection opportunities in assemblies
- Opportunities to taste and make food from around the world.
- Visits to places of worship that are important to different faiths e.g. Synagogue
- Celebration of festivals throughout the year e.g. Diwali, Chinese New Year, Hanukah