British Values

The Department for Education has recently 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.

We are committed to serving our community and surrounding areas. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom, and therefore those we work with. The academy accepts admissions from students of all faiths or none. We follow our Equal Opportunities policy which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, ability, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar.

At Oasis Academy New Oak, students are taught these values in a variety of ways across the curriculum. The following are examples of how these are actively promoted:

Democracy:

In New Oak, students elect their representatives on the Student Council.  Each class is able to vote in two representatives but each one has to present their ideas to the class first. The Student Council meets regularly to discuss ideas and opportunities for improving the school further.  Members of the Council are often chosen to represent the Academy or to take visitors on a tour of the Academy.   Through our curriculum, the children are taught about democracy and how they can influence decision making. For example, children, parents and staff have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school.

Other examples of democracy in action at our academy:

  • PSHE Circle time to discuss feelings, opinions and ideas
  • The Academy has been used as a polling station 

The Rule of Law:

Classes are encouraged to create class rules at the beginning of each year.  This process helps children of all ages to recognise the difference between right and wrong.   Assemblies help students understand why we need to have rules and why laws both limit us and protect us as well as what happens when rules are broken.  Our behaviour policy is framed around the language of choice so that children understand that actions have consequences. Visits from organisations such as NSPCC helps to reinforce this. 

Other examples in our academy:

  • Pastoral team to support children making the correct choices
  • A Home School Agreement 
  • A system of rewards based around developing our 9 habits 

Individual Liberty:

We have endeavoured to create a safe and supportive environment where children know their boundaries but where they are also able to make choices.  Students are taught they are responsible for their own behaviour and that they have rights and responsiblities.  We encourage them to join in a range of activities and welcome their views and opoinions.  Many opportunities are given in class for students to learn how to express their views in a respectful way.  We also advise students how to keep safe, for example during our PSHE and E-safety lessons and thorugh certain extra curricular activities.  Our curriculum challenges stereotypes and as an Academy,we respect the rights of individuals.

Other examples in our academy:

  • Year 6 life skills trip
  • Year 4 and Year 5 attend a residential trip which builds on their team building skills
  • Celebrate achievement eg attendance awards, learner of the term
  • Anti-bullying policy and our yearly appointed anti-bullying champions

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

With two specialist learning bases, our school is very inclusive and our ethos teaches the importance of showing respect to all and our motto to 'Be Nice' reflects this.  We encourage respect for differences and have links with faith communities. For example, the children have opportunities to visit places of significant cultural interest and places of worship and, we actively encourage visitors from a range of communities and organisations in school. We make opportunities to discuss the differences between people, faith, ethnicity, disability and gender.

Other examples in our academy:

  • We learn about other cultures as part of our MFL curriculum
  • Our RE syllabus-includes learning about multi-faiths in all year groups
  • We hold teach about different religions' festivals in assemblies