Promoting British Values at Oasis Academy Skinner Street.
The DfE have reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated this year (2014). At Oasis Academy Skinner Street these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
In each year group, a House captain is elected for each of the 4 Houses and this forms the Year council, Year councils meet on a fortnightly basis and contribute odeas and initiatoves into the continuing improvement of our school.
There are regular House meetings where the children are encouarged to work hard for their Houses and to do the best they can to earn as many House Points as possible. Together, the Year Councils form the Pupil Academy Council and meet each half term with the Principal to review the organisation and operaiton of the school.
Through our curriculum, students are taught about, and encouraged to respect, public institutions and services.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the Academy, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Oasis Academy Skinner Street.
Students are taught from an early age the rules of the school, when they start in the Early Years Foundation Stage. They are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Students are regularly reminded to follow the rules and expectations in everything they do, which reinforces the rules of law.
At Oasis Academy Skinner Street, students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As an Academy, we educate and provide boundaries for young students to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety and PSHE scheme of work.
Oasis Academy Skinner Street has a robust anti bullying culture and behaviour and safety policies in place; this is further reinforced through anti-bullying week, various anti-bullying assemblies and activities throughout the year, in addition to visits from external agencies to present plays and give talks surrounding anti-bullying, which has proved extremely beneficial for pupils at Oasis Academy Skinner Street.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values and ethos here at our Academy. Students learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the Academy community treat each other with respect. This is reinforced through the 9 habits which drives our academy's vision and values. Students are reminded at all times about compassion, consideration, humility, hope, honesty, forgiveness, self-control, joy and patience.
Oasis Academy Skinner Street provide opportunities for the students to visit places of significant cultural interest, places of worship and we actively encourage visitors from a range of communities and organisations into school.
Students work together and plan fundraising and awareness raising activities to support various charities on a national level.