British Values Statement
At Chilwell Croft Academy, we are proud that our pupils represent a diverse background. We teach a curriculum that makes cross-curricular links as well as integrating the interests of pupils. We are dedicated in supporting them to develop their knowledge and skills to become responsible citizens of the future.
The Department for Education states that there is a 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”.
Our school takes every opportunity to promote the fundamental British values. All areas of our curriculum provides further understanding of these concepts and assemblies provide opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. Our pupils are encouraged to be open-minded, creative and respectful towards themselves and of others in our school, our local community and beyond.
At Chilwell Croft Academy, we actively promote British values in the following ways:
We empower our pupils by providing them with opportunities to make choices about the things that they believe to be important.
By respecting their opinions and by listening and responding to them, we show that we support democracy and liberty.
Through elections we also have an active School Council and group of House and Vice Captains whereby pupils are encouraged to share their opinions.
Rule of Law
We are committed to praising pupil’s efforts. At Chilwell Croft, we have a behaviour reward system which is actively promoted in each class. From this, pupils are placed on different behaviour zones based on the expectations they achieve. They then receive behaviour certificates and if they are able to reach a certain amount of points by the end of each term, pupil’s will receive a prize and be taken on a reward trip. This encourages the pupils to follow the rules and make good choices regarding their behaviour.
Pupils are also rewarded for achievement in curriculum areas. These rewards are given in the form of stickers, house points and certificates. Pupil’s achievements are also recognised during Celebration Assemblies.
At school, we aim to actively encourage pupils and give them the freedom to make choices. We feel it is vital that pupils understand how to achieve self-confidence, use their initiative and be independent as well as have a growth mind set in all areas of school life.
Some pupils will be able to take responsibility for particular roles and to understand that with certain rights come a level of responsibility. For example, having key responsibilities in school like being a school council member and a library monitor. Pupils also have the freedom to sign up for extra-curricular clubs and challenging themselves in their learning. A further example is how the foundation stage pupils have the opportunity to choose their extended learning through adult-guided child-initiated play.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
Respect is a core theme that runs throughout our expectations at school. The pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever our differences. This can be seen and felt in our ethos in school. We help pupils to develop an understanding of, and respect for their own and other cultures.
Through the PSHE and RE curriculums pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations, such as looked after children or young carers.
Our assemblies also place a great emphasis on providing awareness of others to broaden all pupils’ experiences. We also actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures
The staff work closely with parents, carers and other professionals to ensure that the pupils at Chilwell Croft Academy are happy, well cared for and enabled to learn the skills they need to live a fulfilling life as part of their community.