British Values Statement

British Values at The Excel Academy

The Excel Academy is committed to working closely and in harmony with its community and celebrating the diversity of the UK. We aim to prepare students for life in modern Britain and to ensure that our Academy ethos, curriculum and approaches to teaching and learning reflect and promote British Values.

We recognise that these values are not exclusive to being British and that they have come to be accepted throughout the democratic world as the method of creating an orderly society in which individual members can feel safe, valued and can contribute for the good of themselves and others.

We work alongside our local community and recognise the variety of religious beliefs within it. Students take part in local events and meet different members of the community to appreciate the valuable contributions they make. All subject departments are aware of the importance of transmitting British Values through their curriculum content.

We take opportunities to:

  • acknowledge, celebrate and commemorate national events and anniversaries related to key events in Britain’s past

  • join in with international sporting events and find out more about the countries that host them

  • invite members of the local community to charity fundraising events here at the Academy

Two core values central to our work with young people at Excel Academy are “Pride and Respect”, and these values are embedded in the day to day activities of the Academy, and link closely to the five identified British Values. Excel Academy is also developing the Growth Mindset concept in staff, students and parents, and works to ensure that the principles of Growth Mindset (Expect Excellence, Effort, Feedback, Resilience, Challenge and Inspiration) are incorporated not only into the daily curriculum activities of our young people, but also when educating them with regard the core values of the Academy (including British Values).

We understand the role that our Academy has in helping prevent radicalisation and supporting our students in developing a world view, recognising Britain’s place within it. The five British values are:

  • democracy

  • the rule of law

  • individual liberty

  • mutual respect

  • tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

Below we include more details about how each British Value is embedded in our Academy.

British value Statement In practice

Democracy

Many of our Academy routines are built upon the concept of democracy. All students have an opportunity as an individual, as a member of a tutor group and within subject departments, to influence decision making and to have a voice. They understand that they must use this voice responsibly.

Students are regularly consulted both formally and informally about how their Academy might be improved. They see the example that is set with staff working cooperatively with each other to make the Academy the best it can be.

Students within the Academy have key roles and responsibilities and are democratically elected to take on leadership roles. They understand that they are accountable to the Academy community for the way in which they carry out these roles. Roles include Prefects, Peer Mentors, Student Executives, Form Reps, Form Sports Reps, Reading Champions, Sports Leaders and Dance Leaders.

Students learn how to work in a team and have the opportunity to develop leadership skills through the curriculum and during form time activities.

In Citizenship students learn about the British electoral system, how it has developed and how it works. Mock elections are incorporated into Academy life at key points in the local and national political landscape.

Regular consultations with form tutors, Heads of Year and SLT, both formal and informal, take place throughout the academic year. Students receive feedback and are made aware of any actions that are taken as a result.

The rule of law

Students in our Academy understand the need for rules to make ours a happy and secure environment. Our behaviour policy is shared and understood and this provides a basis on which we discuss other laws and rules and how they apply.

Ground rules are established in all areas of the curriculum and students are encouraged to see the reasons for them.

We set ground rules during PSHE classes where sensitive issues are discussed. ICT lessons include discussion around data protection and our e-safety code of conduct.

Every form group discusses the Behaviour for Learning policy with their tutor and have a clear understanding of the importance of rewards, consequences and sanctions.

Excel Academy sanctions are clearly established and shared.

In citizenship students learn about the legal system in the UK.

Individual liberty

The rights of every student are at the centre of our ethos. However, students must also recognise the boundaries there must be too.

Independent thinking and learning is encouraged and there are frequent opportunities for students to grow in maturity and independence as they move through the Academy.

We place an emphasis on respecting difference and valuing creativity.

Human rights is a topic included in our PSHE curriculum and during RE lessons.

In Citizenship we discuss what it means to ‘contribute to society’ and discuss what it means to be ‘free’.

Mutual respect

Respect is one of our core Academy values. We recognise the importance of not only respecting one another but also of self-respect.

We have a clear anti-bullying policy which emphasises the importance of us creating an environment both within the Academy and the wider world in which individuals can feel safe and valued.

Our welcome for visitors is part of the Academy ethos as is the focus on each student as an ‘ambassador’ when they are out in the community.

Every individual is respected in our Academy and our actions towards one another reflect this.

Our PSHE curriculum includes topics on relationships and what a good and healthy relationship consists of.

Our extra-curricular clubs and enrichment activities focus on building self-esteem and self-respect. They also include team-building activities. The staff code of conduct ensures that staff behave towards each other in an exemplary way, setting a good example for the students. The language used between staff and students at all times is considered vital in showing how we respect one another, and is key in developing positive relationships.

The tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

We welcome difference and diversity and aim to create understanding of how this adds to the richness of our community.

We aim to do more than ‘tolerate’ those with different faiths and beliefs. We recognise the extent to which our own traditions and history have developed side by side and the rich cultural heritage that different world religions bring.

We believe that exploring and understanding other people’s faiths and beliefs are rewarding experiences and help us understand our own faiths and beliefs better.

We take the opportunity to find out more about different cultures we encounter through research and discussion, where appropriate.

We welcome faith leaders from our local community to the Academy to talk to the students about their beliefs and their religion, providing the students with a rounded education and understanding of different faiths.

We encourage those in our Academy who hold different faiths and beliefs to share their experiences and provide us with insight.