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British values

Updated October 2019

Our government believes that, ‘British society is founded on fundamental values and principles, which all those living in the UK should respect and support. These values are reflected in the responsibilities, rights and privileges of being a British citizen or permanent resident of the UK. They are based on history and traditions and are protected by law, customs and expectations. There is no place in British society for extremism or intolerance’. At Robsack Wood Primary Academy, we value the diversity and background of all pupils, families and the wider community. Our academy reflects British values in all that we do. We support the values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs and these are embedded within our curriculum. These values are supported by our own academy values: respect, kindness, honesty, courage and determination.

We plan assemblies and lessons, particularly in PSHE and RE, to teach the children about our values, respecting similarities and differences, tackling stereotypes and understanding why some people discriminate. We aim to empower children to have a voice and to stand up against discrimination, valuing equality, tolerance and mutual respect. The topics and lessons in the academy’s curriculum are designed carefully and planned by teachers to provide a rich learning experience that will have a positive impact on pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Whilst focusing on all pupils developing good skills in English and Maths and across the curriculum, we also ensure they experience extra-curricular clubs such as music, a variety of sports, the arts and outdoor learning. Visits are planned, linking with the class topic to provide children with further understanding of the world they live in. We also link with other academies to take part in singing and sporting events. Competitions provide the opportunity for children to meet other children from different schools whilst experiencing the process of decision making and understanding rules and fairness.

Pupils also learn about being part of Britain within our broad and balanced curriculum. For example, in Geography, pupils learn about our rivers, coasts and mountains to ensure that children have a better understanding of what Britain is and where Britain is in relation to the rest of Europe and other countries in the world. In history, pupils learn about key moments in British history in topics such as World War Two and the Battle of Hastings. We also take pride in studying our local area, both from a historical and geographical point of view.

Through our curriculum, we strive to ensure that all pupils gain the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said, and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement. We ensure that all pupils develop as independent, confident, successful individuals with high aspirations who know how to make a positive contribution to their communities and to wider society. There is a strong focus on developing pupils’ moral, spiritual, social and cultural understanding. Robsack Wood ensures that all pupils are well prepared for the next phase of their education and for life in modern Britain.