Modern British Values
The fundamental British values have been classified as “democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for, and tolerance of, those with different religions or faiths.”
Orion Academy sets out in the day to day running of the school and within its long term strategic planning to promote Modern British Values. This is to enable our students to become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background and diversity.
Orion Academy embeds and reinforces British Values across the curriculum, through tutor time, during ‘Thought for the Day’, during day trips and residential trips, through specialist interventions, and by inviting a wide range of different guest speakers, professionals, and visitors from the local community into the school to meet with students.
Many curriculum areas contribute to the teaching of British Values and the school has audited all subjects and key stages in which a student may expect to come across these values being embedded. Most subject areas contribute directly and explicitly to the teaching of British Values, including English, Humanities, Religious Studies, PSHE, Physical Education, Cookery and Art.
We aim to provide students with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services. We have an active Student Council with students being asked their opinions about important school issues and this ensures our students are aware of the principles of democracy. The elections of the Student Council representatives each year are based solely on student votes. Members of the Student Council regularly play a dynamic role in taking the voice of the students to their meetings and feeding back to their tutor groups. Students are encouraged to take ownership and leadership of this, with staff to facilitate and provide guidance.
The Rule of Law
Processes are in place at school for students to identify and exhibit appropriate behaviours; we promote positive behaviour management strategies and encourage Orion Academy students to take ownership for their own behaviour. We have a robust behaviour policy which clearly states our school standards. We work closely with parents/carers and outside agencies to ensure that standards are followed, and believe consistent communication with students and their families is crucial to promoting an appropriate learning environment. A ‘Restorative Approach’ is often used to help enable those who have been harmed to convey the impact of the harm to those responsible, and for those responsible to acknowledge this impact, and take steps to put it right. This approach empowers students to take ownership of their behaviour. Specialist one to one interventions allow for a safe space where students feel supported and guided to reflect on their actions and given tools to help them act differently in the future.
The right to believe, act, and express oneself freely is a fundamental British Value and one that we work hard to promote. The staff at Orion Academy play an important role in this by acting as appropriate role models for students. We aim to actively support students in increasing their own self-knowledge, self-esteem and confidence so that they have the skills and abilities to express their own individual and diverse views and opinions in a safe environment. We welcome and encourage freedom of speech through student participation in lessons, class discussions and in school council meetings.
Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith
Students are encouraged to respect each other, staff and visitors to the school. We enable students to appreciate different cultures and traditions, including their own, within curriculum areas such as history, geography and religious studies as well as in group talks during tutor time and within the PSHE programme. Students are given the opportunity to visit and meet with a range of different people from different backgrounds through guest speakers at the school and educational trips outside of school. These trips have included visits to local churches, mosques, art galleries, museums, theatres and residential trips to Wales, Cornwall and skiing in Italy. A ‘Thought for the Day’ is discussed in all tutor groups daily and will often include discussions around different religious or cultural celebration days, philosophies and traditions. Restorative Approaches allows time for students to reflect upon their actions and demonstrate tolerance and understanding for those from different backgrounds or with different needs to themselves.