British Values

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and considered them to be democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. At Top Valley Academy, in line with guidance from the DFE in November 2014, and in addition to other policies such as our safeguarding and equality policies, these values are actively promoted across the school community.

We believe the fundamental British values are closely connected to the school's own ethos and core values of pride, opportunity, respect and belief.  As such, we actively seek opportunities to promote our ethos and core values alongside the fundamental British values in all areas of school life.

The examples that follow are an indication of some of the many ways we seek to embed fundamental British values and should be seen as an indication of our approach rather than an exhaustive list.

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Democracy

At Top Valley Academy the principle of democracy permeates all areas of school life.  The students run a school council, allowing students to have a voice and to actively contribute towards driving positive changes around school.  Equally, pupil voice is an integral part of our evaluation and improvement.

Numerous opportunities exist to allow students to contribute to the school community.  Our Commando Janes (year 11 students) run support clubs for key stage 3 students.  Students share responsibility by participating as school ambassadors on open evenings, transition days and other events throughout the school year.

Students participate in a variety of activities and events to develop their understanding of democracy.  In addition to learning about the principle of democracy in lessons such as History, Geography or Citizenship, students participate in a democracy themed day which involves a variety of activities including "government for a day" role play, "democracy dilemmas" workshop, a visit to Nottingham city council house, holding a mock election, designing their own country and visiting the galleries of justice to learn about the suffragettes.  

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or the country are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, school policies and through assemblies.  Students are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Our drop down days on both Law and Finance and Rights and Responsibilities allow students to gain more insight in to the way laws can affect us. Through these days, and across the school year, students work with outside providers such as prison officers, the emergency services and the youth offending team as well as our dedicated police community support officers. 

Individual Liberty

Within Top Valley Academy, students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. As a school, we educate and provide boundaries for students to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education.   Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and receive advice about how to exercise these safely, for example through assemblies and our drop down days, and more specifically, through specific curriculum areas such as an exploration of E-Safety in ICT and tutorial activities in year 7.

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Respect is at the core of our school ethos and is modelled by students and staff alike. The school promotes respect for others, evident in our fundraising work for numerous charities. Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum from the concept of 'fair play' in PE to a number of 'buddy' programmes which promote mutual respect between students across different year groups within the school.  Our active partnership with the Outwards Bounds Trust allows our students to work in challenging situations where team work and mutual respect are key to their success.

Equally, we aim to equip students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and give them opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community.  We believe that this is essential to ensuring students have the skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute to life in modern Britain.  As a school, we are fortunate to benefit from international partnerships with schools in Cameroon and Spain. Through the curriculum, drop down days and through our assembly program, we provide a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures, encouraging students to share their faith and beliefs within the school.



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