British Values

British Values Statement

“British Values” are embedded in the school curriculum contributing to our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education. This supports the development of the “whole child” and helps to ensure our pupils leave Villa Real School prepared for modern times and modern life in Britain.

We at Villa Real School recognise that such development is most successful when those values and attitudes are positively promoted by all staff and provide a model of behaviour for our pupils.

The curriculum at Villa Real School offers broad and balanced opportunities.

British Values have been identified as:

Democracy

The ability to understand and communicate are the most important areas of learning. We ensure pupils are given a ‘voice’ to communicate. This ‘voice’ may be different for every child.  For some children it is using spoken word and or written word. Other children use symbols, sign language, pictures, body language, physical responses, eye pointing, ICT, and augmentative communication tools.

We empower our pupils by giving them opportunities to make choices about things which are important to them or they believe to be important.  By valuing each ‘voice’ and by listening and responding to that voice we demonstrate that we support democracy and liberty.

At Villa Real School we have a Student Council where pupils meet termly and make decisions with regard to school life.  The Rights Respecting School agenda is also incorporated within school and we are currently striving towards achieving Level 2 Rights Respecting School Award.  As Article 8 states:

Governments must respect and protect every child’s right to an identity, and prevent their name, nationality or family relationships from being changed unlawfully.  If a child has been denied part of their identity illegally, governments must act to protect and assist the child to re-establish their identity.

Rule of Law

We involve pupils in setting rules and staff support pupils to make decisions and choices that are acceptable to the school community and society at large. Pupils are supported and helped to learn how to manage their behaviour and take responsibility for their actions. Staff are committed to providing a stable, consistent, structured and predictable environment within school. We enable to endeavour to support pupils in developing an understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions; and how this can affect others. This enables pupils to feel safe and secure whilst promoting optimum conditions for learning to take place.

Individual Liberty.

Pupils are encouraged to become good and valued citizens. At Villa Real we do this by supporting each pupil to become as independent as possible. We have achieved RRSA Level 1 and endeavour to demonstrate that everyone has rights. This includes the right to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to ideas or activities. Some pupils will be able to take responsibility for particular roles within school and develop a firm understanding that with certain rights comes a level of responsibility. Learning how to be independent is a fundamental part of learning to understand yourself. We support others by participating in charitable events such as Water Aid, Children in Need and Red Nose Day.

Pupils at Villa Real run a Coffee Morning at Blackhill Church selling Fair Trade products from teabags to items such as bags and purses made from recycled materials.

We currently have KS5 pupils partaking in regular work experience sessions at ASDA, local stables and Elderly Care Home.  There are 6 KS4/K5 pupils who are Young Sports Leaders.

Mutual Respect.

We promote each pupil’s inclusion in activities, settings and locations that are appropriate to them and meet their needs. Within school, pupils work with a range of people and positive interactions with others are always positively promoted on a personalised basis for each child.  This may include working with pupils from different classes within school, partaking in events with pupils from other schools and outside professionals.  The curriculum is personalised and planned for pupils and may include transitioning within the range of resources and places on site and also going out into the community to meet a wide range of people in various settings.

We at Villa Real believe that it is essential to facilitate opportunities in our pupils becoming part of a wider community as our pupils, their families and school staff have much to offer in developing community cohesion.  Teaching pupils the skills they need in order to do this forms part of our curriculum through PHSCE, PE, RRSA, Enterprise and various enrichment activities.  As Article 29 of the RRSA states:

Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full.  It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.

Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs

We are part of a school and local community where each individual is respected and valued equally without regard to ability, gender, heritage, sex, faith or race.

Cultural appreciations and development forms part of our curriculum.  We place great emphasis on providing encounters and participation in events and celebrations to broaden all pupils’ experiences and awareness of others.  Our assemblies and SMSC education enables all pupils to find out more about themselves and others linking their lives to the communities in which they belong.  Some of the themes cover; friendships, helping others and celebrations from a wide range of faiths and beliefs and world events.

Pupils are actively encouraged to experience British Culture through the curriculum.  For example, learning through Geography and History lessons based on the UK, RRSA, Citizenship, RE and PSCHE lessons.

Some pupils at Villa Real School find it difficult to express and to articulate their feelings and concerns; staff are very attuned to changes in pupil demeanour, body language, communicative ques which may sometimes indicate anxiety.  If staff are ever concerned about a pupil our accepted practise links directly to the Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy which entrusts a duty of care to all staff and actively protects and promotes the welfare of children.

The staff at Villa Real School work closely with parents and carers along with other professionals, ensuring that all pupils are happy, well cared for, feel safe and feel valued. This enables our children to learn the skills they need fulfilling life as part of their community.