British Values

At Frances Bardsley Academy, we are committed to actively promoting British values to ensure our students leave us fully prepared for life in modern Britain.

The Department for Education emphasise that all schools have a duty to promote British values of

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

 The examples below include some of the ways we seek to embed British Values at Frances Bardsley Academy

British Value How do we support it at Frances Bardsley Academy
Democracy Democracy can be seen as a state of society characterised by equality of rights and privileges. It can also refer to our nation’s electoral systems.

The value of democracy is consistently reinforced at Frances Bardsley Academy, with students involved in democratic processes across a range of areas in the school. We held an FBA Mock Election in December 2019 to coincide with the General Election, to help students develop their knowledge and understanding of how the voting system works and who represented our local area. Student Voice is strong at Frances Bardsley Academy, and we feel that by valuing and responding to the students, we demonstrate their democracy and freedom. Changes have been made to areas such as school uniform and the Canteen as a result of Student Voice. We have an active Student Council, who represent their respective year groups. Feedback from students on a range of areas is discussed during meetings and reported to the Senior Leadership Team. Representatives from the Student Council are involved in the interview process of new staff to our school. Students also play a big role as part of our Charity Committee, by deciding which charities we support and are fully involved in fundraising and raising awareness of a variety of causes.  
The Rule of Law All people and institutions are subject to and accountable to law that is fairly applied and enforced.

The value of the Rule of Law is explored at Frances Bardsley Academy in a number of different ways. All students are taught the rules and expectations of the school, and sign a home school agreement stating that both they and their parents/carers our expectations at FBA and agree to follow rules consistently. We have a clear and consistent process to manage behaviour, showing clear consequences which is shared with students. The Rule of Law is reinforced through various assemblies and Big Activity Days which involve sessions delivered by visitors such as the Metropolitan Police on issues such as knife crime, grooming, and e-safety. The Rule of Law is also explored through a range of subject areas such as Religious Studies, History and Drama.  
Individual liberty Individual liberty suggests the free exercise of rights generally seen as outside Government control.

Students are regularly encouraged to make choices in a range of areas, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are given advice on how to exercise these safely, for example in scenario-based activities in PSHCEE lessons. Students are also given the freedom to make choices in what they participate in when it comes to revision activities, trips and visits, and extra-curricular activities. At Frances Bardsley Academy, we promote the importance of Individual Liberty through activities such as Choosing which extra-curricular activities they participate in opportunities to participate in events with other schools such as MFL Spelling Bee, Anne Frank Ambassadors and sporting events. Through taking responsibility to be a member of the charity committee, LIFE Ambassadors, Sports Leaders, and Student Council Student feedback is encouraged frequently on a range of areas where students are encouraged to share their views and concerns. Opportunities for freedom of speech and individual expression through our School Council and student-led assemblies offering students choices for their future academic pathways as they move from KS3 to KS4 to KS5 and beyond.  
Mutual respect The proper regard for an individual’s dignity, which is reciprocated.

Respect is a strong part of Frances Bardsley Academy which is reinforced in our Behaviour Policy and Student Code of Conduct. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through our teaching and learning environments. Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for students to express their views in a safe environment such as through Student Voice and Student Council. Students are encouraged to share their views in a range of different ways, and to understand the views of others, even if they are different to their own.
Tolerance of those of different Faiths and Beliefs. A fair, objective and permissive attitude to those whose faith and beliefs may differ from one’s own.

Tolerance of those of different Faiths and Beliefs is achieved though equipping students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity within the curriculum through subjects such as Religious Studies and PSHCEE. Both of these subjects are compulsory in KS3 and KS4 and all students go on to take a full course GCSE in Religious Studies which focusses on two religions: Christianity and Islam. We welcome a range of visitors to our school to share their knowledge to enhance learning in lessons and in assemblies. Examples include local Church groups who deliver our weekly Christian Union session, assemblies and Prayer Week, and the Anne Frank Trust who work with students in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 on issues related to prejudice and discrimination.
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