British Values

Promoting British Values at Acorn Multi Academy Trust

British FlagThe Department for Education have 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 and these values have been reiterated and emphasised very publicly.

All the schools within the Acorn Multi Academy Trust work closely together to promote these values by sharing ideas and best practice. The Heads of Schools regularly report on activities which have taken place within their schools to their Governors, and Governors also monitor the impact this has had.

Amongst many other activities this year, children from Acorn Multi Academy Trust schools have visited the Houses of Parliament, held mock elections and raised money for numerous charities. The news feed on each school’s website has further information about events at each school which support British Values.

Acorn Multi Academy Trust has produced the following statement which reflects the importance of British Values within all our schools and how these values are upheld on a daily basis.

Democracy:

Democracy is prevalent in the schools. The children have the opportunity to nominate and vote for the school council members. Pupils are encouraged to express their views democratically and to make lead decisions on issues to do with the organisation of the school. Our core values of mutual respect and listening to the views of others encourages democracy in the daily play and work of the children. The behaviour policies are understood and supported by the pupils and all are encouraged to value the contribution of others to classroom and school life. They are taught to abide by the agreed wishes of the majority.

The Rule of Law:

The importance of laws is taught to children from as early as reception (nursery) class. Our behaviour systems both empower pupils to make the right choices and show them that there are consequences to acting against the accepted rules. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws and how they govern and protect us. Reward systems are in place for pupils who demonstrate a commitment to following the school rules. Our school rules are taught consistently across the school and are fundamental to our behaviour policy. The values include: honesty, kindness, respect, listening and politeness and these help to promote a democratic ethos for all.

Individual Liberty:

We teach children about the freedom of choices and pride ourselves on giving them a safe and supportive environment within which to do this. We often present role-models to the children within our Assemblies and Acts of Worship about people who have battled for individual liberty and freedom. We encourage them to think about their role within a global society and how passion and motivation can support change. We also empower children within their learning through our assessment for learning systems where pupils are able to participate in the decision relating to the next level of challenge that they undertake in their learning. We present pupils with relevant information regarding E-Safety and personal freedoms through our computing and PSHE curriculum. We also offer pupils a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities that they can choose to participate in.

Mutual Respect:

Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around such values as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy. The Church Schools work closely with the local minister to introduce and discuss how our Christian faith supports and encourages respect and love of others. The Community Schools also have close links with their local ministers who will often attend an assembly as part of the RE curriculum.

Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs:

We are very aware that our schools are in a predominantly white, mono-cultural environment. Because of this we believe that our children need to see themselves as part of a global, diverse community. Assemblies, Acts of Worships and special visitors to the school and visits support the work in helping children develop an understanding of other faiths and cultures. We continue in class through RE, PSHE and topic work. We seek to allow every child in the school to identify with their own culture but encourage them to look at different faiths and religions. We give the children the opportunity to learn a modern foreign language to help them understand that they live in an interdependent world.

British Values Overview

Announcement

Notice to Parents

The Trust Board of Acorn Multi Academy Trust has agreed to submit a request for a variation to be made to the Admissions arrangements for Mrs Ethelston's CE Primary Academy for 2021-22, in respect of the over-subscription criteria relating to church attendance.

The variation requested is that " In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these [admissions] arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for public worship". 

If you need to contact the school please use the main email address, the phone will not always be monitored. uplymeoffice@acornacademy.org

Mental Health and Wellbeing

15 Jan 2021

New information has been added to our website under the Mental Health and Wellbeing section (this can be found under Key Information heading).

Bags2School Collection

18 Dec 2020

Thank you for all the donations for Bags2School.  We raised £237!  Thank you to Travis Perkins for assisiting moving all the bags!

Christingles

18 Dec 2020

Thank you to the church for providing all our families with Christingles.

Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day

11 Dec 2020

We took part in Christmas Jumper Day today to support Save the Children.   The children looked wonderful in their Christmas jumpers today and we have raised almost £200 for Save the Childre...

Christmas Film Night

11 Dec 2020

It was wonderful to see so many children at our Christmas Film Night - thank you so much to everyone for supporting this evening. On film night we had the chance to come back after school and watch a...

Year 6 Printing

11 Dec 2020

This week we have enjoyed doing some art. Throughout this term we designed our own art based on the artist 'Hokusai'. We drew our designs on polystyrene before pushing in our design. Then we printed...

Volcano Day

11 Dec 2020

On Volcano day we enjoyed making our volcanoes out of paper mache and a water bottle. This was really fun and we all worked well together. We also got to talk to Nick Finney, an aid worker, it was gr...

Mrs E's Christmas Tree

10 Dec 2020

Thank you to the Lyme Regis Firemen who helped put the tree up and thank you for Holly Hill Nurseries for donating the beautiful tree.  The children were thrilled to see it!

Swallows' class

20 Nov 2020

Swallows’ went on a trip to South America and their plane had to make an emergency landing in the rainforest, where they had to make shelters to protect them from the...

Children In Need 2020

13 Nov 2020

Thank you for all the donations - we raised over £ 260 !