At UAK we actively promote British Values alongside the development of SMSC. These include democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and respect for and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. Below describes the understanding and knowledge expected of pupils as a result of schools promoting fundamental British values.
• Understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process.
• Appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety.
• Understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence.
• Understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law.
• Acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
• Understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination.
At UAK students experience a range of curricular and extracurricular activities to help develop their understanding of British Values. These have included a ‘Gun and Knife Crime’ and general ‘Keeping yourself safe / anti-social behaviour’ (including zero tolerance towards homophobic and racist behaviour) presentation by our Safer Schools Officers to Year 10 students, the CSE play ‘Somebody’s Sister Somebody’s Daughter’ that was performed by GW Theatre Company which has now been seen by Years 10, 11 & 12 and the ‘Truck and Cycle Safety Day’ (including Police Motorbike and laws of the road talk) for Year 7 students. All of these extracurricular activities have been designed to promote safety and to help our young people understand the rule of law.
Students have also experienced a democratic society through the campaigning and voting for members of our student leadership team which was open to all students. Students have also been included on interview panels for new staff to promote their understanding of democratic systems. All students in Years 7, 8, 9 & 10 have enjoyed a musical performance by pop group ‘The Office Girls’ who not only put on an energetic and engaging performance but delivered an interactive and thought-provoking presentation about Online Safety, Cyberbullying and Discrimination. Hinduism Day, the celebration of Black History Month, attendance at the Holocaust Survivors Conference, and UAK6 trip to Bosnia have all helped to widen our students’ understanding and tolerance of others with different faiths and beliefs and to highlight the negativities of discriminative behaviours.
A range of students have had ‘True Colours’ training to help them understand their own behaviours and triggers and be tolerant of those who behave differently to them. UAK6 students have experienced a varied programme of activities that include presentation and workshops about CSE, Radicalisation and Extremist attitudes and the Media and Online Behaviours and Dangers. They have recently enjoyed workshops entitled ‘My Former Life’ which investigates the previous lifestyles of 4 people caught up in extremist behaviour.
Students have been involved in visits to Mosques and Mock trials at Leeds Crown Court. They have participated in ‘Anti Bullying Week’ and follow our ‘Great Place to learn’ consequences and rewards system. Some students from Years 8 to 11 have been part of our ‘Consequences Programme’ led by our Safer Schools Officer; welcoming students from other local schools to participate alongside our students.
Through our PSHE programme in Years 7 & 8 students discuss issues surrounding topics such as Bullying and Drugs while in Citizenship they study topic areas such as Crime, Human Rights and ‘Identity and Britishness’. In Year 9 History students experience Genocide Studies and in Year 10 Citizenship they cover ‘Rights and Responsibilities’, ‘Power, Politics and Media’ and ‘Community Cohesion’. Year 11 students study ‘Crime and Punishment’ in their Citizenship lessons while students studying Public Services in UAK6 discuss the roles and responsibilities of those in public services, including presentations by the Police and Armed Forces.