Frank Whittle Studio School

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Fundamental British Values

Summary statement about the Sir Frank Whittle Studio School response to the requirement to promote fundamental British Values in schools.

The government has identified that schools should promote the fundamental British values of:

•       Democracy
•       The rule of law
•       Individual liberty
•       Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

(Promoting Fundamental British values as part of SMSC  (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) in schools, Nov 14)

Promoting these values means sometimes challenging opinions, and it is therefore important that through our provision we:

·         enable students to develop their self confidence

·         enable students to distinguish from right and wrong, and respect the law 

·         encourage students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions

·         further tolerance and harmony between cultures and traditions by enabling students to appreciate and respect other cultures

·         encourage respect for democracy

 

The ways that we promote these values at Sir Frank Whittle Studio School:

Democracy:

We provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services (such as visits from local member of Parliament, Police and Crime Commissioner and local councilors who explain what they do). We also work with the RAF in leadership development as part of our readiness to work programmes during induction. Our PSHE programmes have dedicated moral reasoning and respect strands which revisit topics in greater depth as students mature.

As part of the curriculum we provide regular opportunities for children to persuade each other of something, and as a result children have the opportunity to give a reasoned view. This is a key feature of our “real life” curriculum; which offers students  the chance to take a role as a public or business/industrialist figure. The HPQ and EPQ provide a vehicle for students to experience a high degree of control over their learning which is designed to help them develop a participative character. Team work is also a part of this learning style. This is allied to our devolution of power and control to student leadership in areas that often require a devolution of budget management such as refurbishment of the student eating area. This actively allows students to experience collaborative action as a body in pursuit of commonly agreed objectives as we expect in a democracy.

 

The Rule of law:

Our students will encounter rules, regulations, standard operating procedures, accepted codes of practice (ACOPS) and laws throughout their entire lives, We work to help students understand that whether those laws govern the class, the school, the neighbourhood or the country, they are set for a good reason and must be adhered to.

Our school rules are clear and understood by the students. They are discussed regularly, at the start of each half term, in assemblies and tutor time. They are consistently used by all staff. 

Our behaviour policy is clear. It provides clear guidelines and promotes and understanding of respect, and of right and wrong. The students are aware of consequences. Our PSHE programme and assemblies will make it clear to students what their rights and responsibilities are in a democracy governed by the rule of law. We use external visitors using real life stories to bring this set of issues to life.

 

Individual liberty:

One of our central aims is to ensure pupils develop their self - knowledge and self-esteem and confidence. This empowers our students to demand and attain the individual liberty that they should expect. We use the CREATE framework developed by the Studio Schools Trust and this is reflected even in our architecture. We recognise that this is a cornerstone around which everything else is created. In doing all this we are investing to create a positive culture in our school.

 We work hard to ensure that students receive feedback on their learning regularly, and are given opportunities to respond and self-improve. Our ethos is one of praise and celebration but also of holding students to account for their choices. We teach that with liberty comes accountability and we stress earned autonomy.

The CREATE framework  underpins all aspects of learning , and where an individual student may need support in this area, it is  provided via one to one support through coaching to enable that Student to flourish. The coaching is confidential apart from any disclosure that triggers safeguarding concerns. Within this framework students are empowered to agree or not for information revealed in coaching to be discussed with teachers and parents etc. This is a profound expression of the individual liberty. We champion individual liberty through a strong focus on equality and diversity delivered in many ways but most particularly through the highly personalised coaching regime.

Individual liberty operates within a framework of checks and balances. We quickly challenge stereotypes and are quick to deal with any form of discriminatory behaviour. This includes anti bullying. Bullying or intolerance are not tolerated at Sir Frank Whittle Studio School.

 

Mutual Respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs:

We are not a multicultural school with many faiths and cultures and so we work hard to promote the respect of individual differences and to challenge stereotypes. We are a school that is only 12 miles away from one of the most multicultural cities in the UK and therefore Europe. We have worked with another local school to develop a diversity day that brings a wide range of cultures into our predominately white British context.

We work in an environment of mutual respect and understanding of each other. Prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour is challenged. We discuss differences between people, such as faith, gender, ethnicity, disability or sexuality. Our students will ( during their time with us) experience many different inputs on faith and culture including a significant “pump priming” event of a blue badge guided tour of the East End of London looking at the huge contribution made to the UK of successive waves of immigration dating at least as far back as the Huguenots.

 Our assemblies cover a wide range of topics and cultures and are usually led by senior Leadership. We encourage our students to look, think and comprehend beyond “our village” so that they are better able to develop themselves into future young leaders.

 We use trips to experience values in action and for us as a Studio School this ranges from all students in post 16 entering school via an NCS programme through to volunteering to garden in the local churchyard