Modern British Values

At Healing School we are dedicated to promoting values which ensure that our pupils develop a strong sense of social and moral responsibility. We prepare our pupils for life in Modern Britain because values such as individual liberty, democracy, the law, mutual respect and tolerance are embedded within the curriculum and the school ethos. In addition these values are promoted at various times throughout the school year.

As school leaders and Governors, we are responsible for providing a curriculum which:

  • Is broad and balanced, complies with legislation and provides a wide range of subjects which prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in Modern Britain.
  • Actively promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
  • Promotes tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths or of no faith, cultures and lifestyles through effective spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, including by engaging pupils in extracurricular activity and volunteering in their local community.
  • Is supported by a well-rounded programme of assemblies which offer clear guidance on what is right and wrong.

SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural)

We support the spiritual development of our students to further develop their;

  • ability to be reflective about their own beliefs and perspectives on life, and the extent to which they are the same as/different to others' faith, feelings and values.

Examples:

Through the RS curriculum students reflect upon the main religious traditions of Christianity in Britain, as well as the teaching and practices of other principal religions represented in Britain.

Assemblies which include the significance and importance of religious dates; as well as the recognition and significance of other important dates in our history such as November 11th Remembrance Service, choice of books for class reading during tutor time.

  • have a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about the world around them and participate actively in artistic, sporting or cultural activities.

Examples:

School performances including plays and musical events, sporting fixtures, Roving Reporters, field trips, Library, Maths Challenge, Society Chemistry Competition, Globe Trotters, expeditions to Borneo.

We support the moral development of our students to further develop their;

  • interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.

Examples:

"Thought for the Week" delivered by all tutors.

Many areas within the curriculum allow for students to discuss their own and others viewpoints about such issues for example: Preparation for Working Life "PWL" lessons, English, English Literature, Geography, History and RS lessons.

  • ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, understand that actions have consequences, and apply this understanding in their own lives and in doing so, respect the civil and criminal law of England.

Examples:

School policies for welfare, health and safety, Behaviour policy [sanctions and rewards], Reward assemblies, Aiming Higher certificates. Areas covered in the curriculum including PWL, RS.

We support the social development of our students to further develop their;

  • ability to cooperate well, celebrate diversity and resolve conflicts effectively, through working and socialising with students from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.

Examples:

School council, local, regional and national sports teams, Maths team challenge, Healing Helpers.

  • acceptance and engagement positively with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Examples:

School council elections, Young Peoples Parliament elections, interviews for prefects including senior prefects, D of E, pupil voice.

We support the cultural development of our students to further develop their;

  • understanding and appreciation of the history, heritage and wide ranging cultural influences that underpin our individual and shared experience of life in modern Britain.

Examples:

Recognition of the significance of Remembrance Day, Year 7 trips to France, commemoration of World War 1, Geography, History, RS and English, English Literature, financial management, school Prom, fund raising.

Through the range of curricular and extra curricular activities offered, we aim to enable our students to develop their:

  • self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • their understanding and acceptance of responsibility for the behaviour and subsequent positive or negative consequences
  • their understanding of how they can have a positive influence in the local community both inside and outside of the school environment
  • respect for their own and others' cultures and beliefs
  • respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process

In summary we believe that our pupils are able to recognise right from wrong, resolve conflicts, understand and explore diversity, develop a moral code, understand others beliefs and understand how communities function. These qualities will allow them to participate fully in life in Modern Britain.