Skills for Life
Skills For Life
‘Skills for Life’ Strategy
Children should become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background.
Warren Wood Primary Academy will promote the values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs. This would ensure young people understand the importance of respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain and demonstrate how we are meeting the requirements of section 78 of the Education Act 2002, in our provision of SMSC. Meeting requirements for collective worship, establishing a strong school ethos supported by effective relationships throughout the school, and providing relevant activities beyond the classroom are all ways of ensuring pupils’ SMSC development.
Opinions or behaviours in school that are contrary to fundamental British values would be challenged. Attempts to promote systems that undermine fundamental British values would be completely at odds with schools’ duty to provide SMSC. The Teachers’ Standards expect teachers to uphold public trust in the profession and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour, within and outside school. This includes not undermining fundamental British values.
Our school’s values are:
R – Respect
E – Excellence
C – Cooperation
I – Independence
P – Perseverance
E – Enjoyment
These values are based on promoting positive behaviour for learning, which will establish in our children, the skills that are imperative to function capably in life.
Through the provision of SMSC we would:
• enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
• enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
• encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of Warren Wood Primary Academy and to society more widely;
• enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;
• further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;
• encourage respect for other people; and
• encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.
Understanding and knowledge pupils are expected to learn include:
an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process;
an understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law;
an acceptance that people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour;
an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination It is not necessary for schools or individuals to ‘promote’ teachings, beliefs or opinions that conflict with their own, but nor is it aceptable for schools to promote discrimination against people or groups on the basis of their belief, opinion or background;
an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety;
an understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence.
Actions taken to promote British values
1. Include in suitable parts of the curriculum – as appropriate for the age of pupils – material on the strengths, advantages and disadvantages of democracy, and how democracy and the law works in Britain, in contrast to other forms of government in other countries.
2. Ensure all pupils within the school have a voice that is listened to, and demonstrate how democracy works by actively promoting democratic processes such as a school council whose members are voted for by the pupils.
3. Use opportunities such as general or local elections to hold mock elections to promote fundamental British values and provide pupils with the opportunity to learn how to argue and defend points of view.
4. Consider the role of extra-curricular activity, including any run directly by pupils, in promoting fundamental British values.