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British Values

Promoting British Values at Oasis Academy Henderson Avenue

The DfES 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 this year (2014). At Oasis Academy Henderson Avenue these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:


Each year the children discuss and decide upon their class rules and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the class charter, which is signed by all pupils and adults within that class. We have a school council which meets at least twice a term. All the children are involved in the meetings which are led by a member of staff, although the agenda is set by the children. All members are elected by their classmates via a formal election process. Members debate ideas, vote and then communicate the results with their classes.

The student council has created positive impact in areas such as lunchtime meals and organisation, provision of playtime equipment and the creation of a school travel plan. They have also visited other Academies as our representatives at formal invitations. The children were also involved in the planning and delivery of our creative curriculum, giving their thoughts on what they would like to learn. We will give children ownership of their learning by involving them in deciding what they want to learn and the best way they feel they can learn it through a varied diet of learning. These ideas are then woven into the curriculum by class teachers. Members of the council have had the opportunity to visit the local council chambers and to the Houses of Parliament for a question and answer session with the local Member of Parliament. In addition to this, children complete a number of surveys and questionnaires where they are able to put forward their views about the school on a number of issues including behaviour, safeguarding and anti-bullying.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, is consistently reinforced at Oasis Academy Henderson Avenue. Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. These are our Academy (core) Rules, Playground Rules and Safety Rules. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the local PCSO, Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message. The staff have received training on the Prevent Agenda which is aimed at protecting pupils from extremism and radicalisation.

Individual Liberty

At Oasis Academy Henderson Avenue, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school, we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices through a safe environment, and an empowering education. Positive choices are reinforced by using the language of consequences, responsibility and accountability. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, for example, whether it is through choice of challenge, how they record their work or by choosing to participate in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities. Individual liberty is placed in an historical context by the study of influential figures such as Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King. Pupils learn about important organisations and campaigns such as the Apartheid, civil rights and anti-slavery movements. 

Mutual Respect

Part of our Academy ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values, such as 'Respect', and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. The Academy ethos and aims promote respect, tolerance and understanding for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and Core Rules, as well as our behaviour policy. Mutual respect is also at the heart of the Restorative Practice process which is employed throughout the Academy. Through our Oasis ethos and culture we embed the Inclusion of all of society and will always support and celebrate each individual. 

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Oasis Academy Henderson Avenue actively promotes diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Important festivals, representing a variety of different religions are celebrated throughout the year. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths. The academy aims to promote the importance of citizenship, to encourage pupils to become active and effective members of our academy, as part of the local community and as global citizens. By developing and promoting such attitudes and beliefs, pupils will understand and care about the world in which they live and to understand their responsibility to change that world to make it better.

As part of promoting our British Values, students recently had an assembly all about The Royal Family, learning about the following;

  • Who the Queen is?
  • Where does she live?
  • What is her role?
  • What has happened in her life time?

Year 1 students learning about the Queen and The Royal Family as part of British Values