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Promoting British Values

It is the duty of every member of staff at Hinckley Academy and John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre to support and promote the fundamental British Values as detailed in the current Teachers’ Standards.

Through the curriculum and its content as well as every aspect of school life, including; student experiences, displays; assemblies; supporting charities; the behaviour policy; extra-curricular clubs and activities and CEIAG we embed the values of:

  • Democracy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respectand Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs

Democracy

We take every opportunity to enable our students to experience democracy, through the teaching in PSE of modules such as Democracy and Citizenship. In addition students have the opportunity to vote for Form Reps, key members of the Post Sixteen Student Union (PSSU) and then have their voices heard through the Student Council.  Year 12 students are exposed to the ‘hustings’ experience when voting for the President of the PSSU and associated offices, and the candidates have to campaign to be elected into office. There is a focused drive in encouraging staff to conduct Student Voice, with their classes / departments, through which the students can shape their own learning.  Selecting charities to raise funds for, talks from visiting MPs and holding mock elections enhance the democratic process.  

The Rule of Law

Many elements of the PSE curriculum promote the appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety.  This is taught through the PSE modules such as Drugs and Education; Sex Education; Citizenship as well as through the school ethos of being responsible for the choices an individual makes. Every opportunity is taken to highlight to the students that school rules are reflective of laws in society.  Throughout the year we welcome visits from members of the wider community including police, war veterans, the fire brigade and many more. We believe that clear explanations and real life stories emphasises the importance of the rule of law for our students.

Individual Liberty

Students are encouraged to know, and understand their rights, responsibilities and personal freedoms both within school and in life beyond the school boundaries. Students receive advice about how to exercise these safely through the teaching of PSE modules such as Human Rights; Anti- bullying and Social Justice as well as exploration of e-safety through the Computing curriculum, assemblies and Tutor time activities.  Through a strong CEIAG programme, students make informed choices about their studies at both KS4 and Post 16.  In addition, every student has the freedom to participate in any extra-curricular activity of their choosing.

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs

HAJC6 is situated in an area which is not exposed to cultural diversity; therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with our students. Through the PSE curriculum, modules such as Respect; Global Environment and Community Cohesion and together with the RE and EPM curriculum students are exposed to the concept of tolerance and respecting others who hold different beliefs and values. In addition, assemblies are planned to address diversity either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Themes such as ‘Languages Week’ and trips abroad enable our students to gain valuable experiences of other cultures and languages.

At HAJC6 we will actively challenge students, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.

The teaching and promoting of fundamental British Values is not exclusive to the PSE and RE curriculum and we are confident that staff take every opportunity to promote these values in all aspects of the curriculum and beyond.

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