Teaching British Values in the Sixth Form

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TEACHING BRITISH VALUES IN THE SIXTH FORM

The government set out their definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. These were reinforced in September 2014. The new regulations will sit alongside the requirements of the Equalities Act, which also applies to all schools/academies in the UK.

The Department for Education’s five-part definition of British values includes:

1. Democracy
2. The rule of law
3. Individual liberty
4. Mutual respect
5. Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

At Lord Lawson, students will encounter these principles throughout everyday Academy life. The academic and pastoral curriculum is mapped in detail across the sixth form to teach our students about the British Values. This allows them to be able to work together as a team, to learn the history of Britain, to see Britain in its true multicultural form, gives us a common identity. Students have been on trips to enhance their knowledge of the world around them.

It also covers a large part of our SMSC within The Academy. The Sixth Form team have been tasked with developing the Sixth Form students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development. The Sixth Form experience has helped to develop students’ social skills and also addressed many moral issues. Our assemblies have also enhanced our cultural understanding of the country we live in. As part of our PSHE programme (delivered outside of the classroom), students must learn how to be resilient and cope in unfamiliar circumstances.

Our goal is to make each Lord Lawson Sixth Former a well-rounded, employable individual who have experienced different circumstances so that they can be adaptable. We work hard helping the Sixth Formers to build positive relations with staff both inside and outside of the classroom.

Here are some examples of how we promote these values in our Sixth Form community:

Democracy
Our Sixth Form Student Council has elected representatives from tutor groups throughout the year. We also host an election, by both staff and students, for the positions of Head Boy and Head Girl. Students have to write a letter of application and go through am interview process. Once elected, the Sixth Form Student Council and the Head Boy and Girl work with staff to help make the Academy a better place to learn.

We also encourage the Sixth Formers to take an interest in giving their own opinions on our work in the Sixth Form and beyond, by encouraging them to take part in student questionnaires/surveys/interviews throughout the year. We know that the active participation of our Sixth Formers will sow the seeds for a more sophisticated understanding of democracy in the future; this is also encouraged by our focus on ‘young people issues’ and British democracy in our assemblies in the hope that we can encourage more of our students to register to vote and have opinions on the subjects that matter to them.

Assembly focus: A Short History of British Politics and Why Vote? The London Mayoral Elections etc.
Other: Sixth Form Council Vote, Head Boy and Head Girl Selection Process, whole school National election and referendum etc.

The Rule of Law
Our students will encounter rules and laws throughout their entire lives. We want our students to understand that whether these laws govern the class, The Academy, the neighbourhood or the country, they are set for good reasons and must be adhered to.

This understanding of the importance of rules will be consistently reinforced through assemblies and our curriculum. Throughout the year we welcome visits from members of the wider community including police, asylum seekers, charity workers including Project Trust and Anthony Nolan. We believe that clear explanations and contextualising learning emphasise the importance of the rule of law for our students.

Assembly focus: The Rule of Law
Other: E-Safety considered in Sixth Form Studies, Human Trafficking to be considered in tutorial activities etc.

Individual Liberty
We invest a great deal of time in creating a positive culture in our Academy, so that students are in a safe environment where choice and freedom are encouraged. Through our assemblies and Sixth From Study Programme, we educate Sixth Formers on their rights and personal freedoms as well as supporting them in recognising how to exercise these freedoms safely. At Lord Lawson we believe that valuing choice and freedom in daily Academy life will foster values of individual liberty as the students embark upon their adult lives.

Assembly focus: Why Vote? Head Boy and Girl Selection Process etc
Other: Sixth Form Council Representative Class Elections, Sixth Form surveys, Volunteering, Why Go to University? Gap Years? Star Futures – studying abroad? FGM to be covered in tutor time etc.

Mutual Respect
Mutual respect is at the core of our Academy life. Students learn to treat each other and staff with respect. This is evident when walking around The Academy. We actively promote respect and this is seen throughout the various relationships between students and staff. It also part of the Academy’s 5Rs+1.

Assembly focus: Tolerance and Respect, Human Trafficking, Black History Month etc.
Events: OAP Christmas Party, Life After Lord Lawson including Blood and Organ Donation, ASDAN reading programme, Classroom Support etc.

Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
Through both our curriculum and the routines of our daily Academy life we strive to demonstrate tolerance, helping students to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens who can build a better society for the future.

Assembly focus: Lessons from Auschwitz (following trip), Holocaust Memorial Day, Remembrance, Tolerance and Respect, Volunteering etc.
Other: Lessons from Auschwitz trip, Holocaust Memorial Day trip, Remembrance, Life After Lord Lawson including Blood and Organ Donation etc.

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