At The De La Salle Academy we believe that we 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.” (DfS)
Citizens of the UK are encouraged to:
- Respect and obey the law
- Respect the rights of others, including their right to their own opinions
- Treat others with fairness
- Look after yourself and your family
- Look after the area in which you live and the environment
At The De La Salle Academy we believe our Code of Conduct, which is rooted in our Christian faith and our enriching curriculum and extra-curricular activities, fully supports these fundamental British Values.
We are committed to promoting these in the following ways:
Democracy is rife within our school. Pupil voice, as well as parent/guardian voice, plays a central part in developing school improvement priorities. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires. Our school behavior policy involves rewards which the pupils have contributed to.
The school is clear in demonstrating how pupils should respect, contribute, co-operate and consider the views, beliefs, values, lifestyle and needs of others. The School Council meets regularly and takes part in decision making on a range of topics, which the school population have identified.
The Rule of Law:
All staff members have high expectations of the children in our school. The importance of laws and rules are consistently reinforced in the classroom, as well as through school assemblies. Pupils are taught to understand the need for laws - which they are there for individual protection, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Pupils follow a positive behavior policy and clearly understand the rewards and sanctions that are used. Assemblies and discussions in class focus on recognising right from wrong and visits from the Police, Knife Crime Team, the schools Police Liaison Officer (PC Caroline) and the Fire Service help to reinforce these messages. Through Religious Education, PHSE and Form Time pupils discuss many moral, and extra-curricular clubs enable them to develop their understanding of the rules of the law.
Pupils are encouraged to be independent learners, constantly making choices, within a safe and supportive environment. Developing their self- esteem and self-confidence is very important. Pupils are encouraged to understand their personal freedoms and are taught how to use these rights to best effect. All pupils are keen to support charities, whether local, national or global. They are taught consideration for others through our Religious Education curriculum and enriching curriculum.
At The De La Salle Academy, our Christian values of respect and tolerance permeate all areas of school life. This engenders a climate within which pupils feel safe and secure and facilitates the fulfilment of potential. All staff demonstrates respect to everyone with whom they come into contact. They consistently model and promote the behaviors and attitudes that are the foundation of positive relationships. The strong school ethos encourages everyone to consider and support each other and to celebrate the worth and individuality of every member of the school community. Discussions in class and during whole school assemblies as well as issues that are promoted during collective worship, allow the children to show respect and reverence to all other individuals.
We are a Stonewall School and promote respect for all people regardless of gender and sexuality.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
As a Catholic community, pupils are reminded of their place in a culturally diverse society. This is achieved through our Religious Education curriculum and the spiritual life of the school. Assemblies and class work promote the diversity of society and the right for each person to be respected and valued equally regardless of ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. Members of different faiths or religions are invited to school to share their knowledge and enhance learning within assemblies and in class. We also often use opportunities such as the Olympics/World cup to study other cultures.
This work is further enhanced by our Community Champions and our links with our partner school in Mexico City.