Promoting British Values

In line with DFE guidance, Freebrough Academy understands the importance of the knowledge expected of pupils, as a result of promoting fundamental British values.

The Academy is committed to embedding and promoting British values through its broad, balanced, inclusive and unprejudiced curriculum. Lessons delivered to all pupils are inclusive of, and sensitive to the British values as set out in the Prevent Strategy. The five key British values are:

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

Our pupils on a daily basis are expected to treat each other with respect, in line with the Academy vision, ethos and Behaviour Policy.

Freebrough Academy uses strategies within its curriculum and beyond to secure these outcomes. Some of the ways that we seek to instil these values are given below.

Democracy: In Freebrough Academy pupils have numerous opportunities to have their voices heard. The Academy has an effective student council whuich we have called our ‘Freebrough Parliament’. The Members of the Freebrough Parliament are nominated by their peers. Senior students apply for the positions of Prime Members (who oversee all the committees) as well as Senior Members of the Freebrough Parliament (who chair the four committiees) and have formal interviews before they are appointed. Pupils learn about democracy in History and PSHCE as part of Citizenship.

The Rule of Law: Throughout the school the importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, the local community or the country, are consistently reinforced in  assemblies, as well as when dealing with issues of behaviour and conduct when pupils are expected to accept responsibility for their actions.

Individual Liberty: At Freebrough Academy we value and strive to consistently create a safe, supportive and positive culture where pupils are actively encouraged to make choices based on their interests and aspirations. In lessons children are encouraged to opt for challenging tasks and develop positive Growth Mindset, to become resilient, determined and persistent learners. This links closely to the ‘Can Do’ culture promoted through our Business and Enterprise specialism. Students in Year 7-9 are currently trained to Level 1 in the Learner Effectiveness Enhancement Programme (LEEP) which supports them in developing essential attributes including resilience and grit, that will lead to them becoming more effective learners both in and out of school. This programme has been carefully designed to provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to be independent, positive and successful. The school offers a range of extra- curricular opportunities for pupils to opt into. Within PSHCE, RE and the E- Safety programme, pupils learn about their rights and personal freedoms and are encouraged and advised on how to exercise these freedoms safely.

Mutual Respect: Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. All members of our Academy community treat each other with respect. This can be seen in the professional relationships formed between our pupils, our staff, parents, carers, guardians, local businesses and other education and training providers. Throughout the year pupils support local charities with fundraising.

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs: The curriculum at Freebrough Academy is culturally diverse. Our RE, PSHCE and tutorial programme strive to demonstrate tolerance and respect for others. Our curriculum and school daily routines develop our pupils’ knowledge and understanding of cultural diversity and embed it into the work of the school.