At Bournville School we encourage all students to be proud of British heritage and we thrive to model the importance of our shared British Values through our provision.
Across the curriculum we 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. Although these are the key fundamental British values, we feel there is more to being British, and we therefore ensure that we teach a full, rounded curriculum that prepares students for life in modern Britain.
Students receive an assembly linked to the Fundamental British Values weekly, and also receive PSHE / Guidance lessons on the subject.
At Bournville we promote and encourage pupil voice and participation across all aspects of our school. Below you will find just a few examples of where you can see democracy in action.
Student Voice: At school we believe that all students should make regular, consistent and valued contributions to our school community. Through our Student Voice program all students have the opportunity to give their opinions on key aspects of our community such as behavior and safety, teaching and learning, attainment and leadership and management. The views and opinions of students are highly valued by leaders and staff at all levels and guide decisions that ensure that our school community continues to move forward, now and in the future.
Assemblies: A focus for assemblies to all year groups during the week beginning 27th April 2015 was the UK General Election and how the process will form the new government. We also hosted a forum for local parliamentary candidates, where they talked to students about the 2015 general election as well as their party’s policies. In September 2015, some students in year 10, they were provided with an sight into the political system in Birmingham through the Trailblazer project: this included how decisions are made and how counsellors vote in the council chamber. PSHE Lessons: We have taken a deeper look into democracy by learning about the UK membership of the European Union. Students have researched into pro and against arguments so that they can form their own decisions on the issue. In school, on 23rd June, we too will hold a vote on whether we think we should continue to be part of the European Union – we are excited to see if we will reflect the views of the country?
Awards: We introduced a new reward system of ‘Griffins’ in September 2015. Rewards are presented to students for their effort and achievement in lessons. In January 2016, we hosted a Rewards Evening for student achievement during the 2014/15 academic year and also recognised students achievement in the first term of 2015. We intend to reward students annually so to recognise their achievements in the different subject areas and for demonstrating our school moto of “Successful people work hard, think and reflect a lot”. Staff will nominate students for these awards. Students are nominated termly to go into the Bournville ‘Record of Excellence’ book. Staff are asked to nominate one student from each key stage for each subject area. Students are aware of the nomination process, with all nominations based on excellent work ethic and achievement.
The rule of law
At Bournville we talk regularly with the students about ‘The Rule of Law’. Below you will find just a few examples of where you see ‘The Rule of Law’ in action.
Code for Learning: Within school we have a Code for Learning. As well as having this code we feel it is important that students understand why the code has been made and the benefits of following this. For example the students are reminded of the school code and their purpose through relevant assembly themes.
Behaviour management: The school has a structured behaviour management system (the GAR system), which all the students know. To learn more about our school behaviour systems visit our website under policies.
Care for our School: Within school we talk to students about respecting and looking after school property. Within school we have a number of Student Leaders (equipment monitors) and groups (eg: Librarians) who are responsible for the looking after and caring for certain areas.
Through our Assembly programme: Our assemblies promote respect and responsibility through our assembly themes. When lack of respect is shown staff always refer to the school rules and respect during the discussion, focusing the student’s attention so that in the future respect is shown.
Uniform: At school we have developed a dress code for both students and staff to follow. We encourage all students to be individuals but also to take pride in wearing their uniform and being part of Bournville School. Through a united uniform students grow up to respect each other.
At Bournville we promote and encourage students to show ‘Individual Liberty’. ‘Individual Liberty’ involves encouraging students to exercise their freedom of rights outside government control. Below you will find just a few examples of where you see ‘Individual Liberty’ in action.
Freedom of speech: In all classrooms we create a safe and nurturing environment where students can feel free to voice their beliefs and opinions without ridicule. Students can make mistakes and errors understanding that this is part of their learning journey.
Freedom of choice: Where possible we encourage students to make their own individual choices, whether this be choosing items from the wealth of healthly options at lunch time to choosing their options in year 8. Where appropriate we also offer students the opportunity to express themselves in different ways throughout the curriculum; choosing their own genre to write in, or picking their own technique for producing artistic representations.
Music: As a school we give the students a choice of taking up a musical instrument in year 7. Students then have the choice to continue with the instrument if they wish, with the Academy Association subsidising the cost of the lessons for those students for who this may not be financially viable.
After School Clubs: At Bournville School we offer a wide variety of after school clubs; netball, football, tennis, athletics, drama and music clubs. Students have the choice of which club they would like to attend and as a staff we are working to encourage/develop individual’s interests and strengths through this provision.
At Bournville we promote tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. Through learning about a range of religious beliefs and how people of different faiths live, we actively encourage mutual respect and understanding within our community. Below you will find just a few examples of how we teach students tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
Interactions of staff and students: At school we promote the positive interaction between staff and students, this is illustrated through passing the time of day and conversations with students.
Controversial Subjects: Our SMSC assembly programme and PSHE / Guidance lessons, as well as other subjects such as RS, English and Science frequently deal with controversial subjects. Students are taught to tolerate and respect each other’s opinions and the appropriate way of challenging and debating ideas.
Celebration of Festivals: Throughout the year as well as Christian Festivals we also celebrate a variety of festivals from other religions as part of our assembly programme.
RE Curriculum: Whilst the majority of our RE curriculum is based on Christianity we also look at other world faiths.
Reading: Form time is an opportunity for students to read, students may be paired with a peer or an older student or the form tutor may hear students read. We find this a very rewarding opportunity for the students to develop respect for each other.
TOLERANCE OF THOSE OF DIFFERENT FAITHS AND BELIEFS
Bournville, like society at large, is diverse and as such we place great emphasis on promoting diversity with the students. Assemblies and tutor activities are regularly planned to address this issue either directly through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. In addition, our curriculum reinforced the message of tolerance and respect for each other. All members of the school community are encouraged to share their knowledge of different and religious to enhance learning.
Opinions that are contrary to fundamental British values whether expressed by students, staff, parent/cares are actively challenged.