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British Values

Promoting British Values at Acorn Multi Academy Trust

The Department for Education have recently reinforced the 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.”

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values have been reiterated and emphasised very publicly.

All the schools within the Acorn Multi Academy Trust work closely together to promote these values by sharing ideas and best practice. The Heads of Schools regularly report on activities which have taken place within their schools to their Governors, and Governors also monitor the impact this has had.

Amongst many other activities this year, children from Acorn Multi Academy Trust schools have visited the Houses of Parliament, held mock elections and raised money for numerous charities. The news feed on each school’s website has further information about events at each school which support British Values.

Acorn Multi Academy Trust has produced the following statement which reflects the importance of British Values within all our schools and how these values are upheld on a daily basis.

Democracy:

Democracy is prevalent in the schools. The children have the opportunity to nominate and vote for the school council members. Pupils are encouraged to express their views democratically and to make lead decisions on issues to do with the organisation of the school. Our core values of mutual respect and listening to the views of others encourages democracy in the daily play and work of the children. The behaviour policies are understood and supported by the pupils and all are encouraged to value the contribution of others to classroom and school life. They are taught to abide by the agreed wishes of the majority.

The Rule of Law:

The importance of laws is taught to children from as early as reception (nursery) class. Our behaviour systems both empower pupils to make the right choices and show them that there are consequences to acting against the accepted rules. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws and how they govern and protect us. Reward systems are in place for pupils who demonstrate a commitment to following the school rules. Our school rules are taught consistently across the school and are fundamental to our behaviour policy. The values include: honesty, kindness, respect, listening and politeness and these help to promote a democratic ethos for all.

Individual Liberty:

We teach children about the freedom of choices and pride ourselves on giving them a safe and supportive environment within which to do this. We often present role-models to the children within our Assemblies and Acts of Worship about people who have battled for individual liberty and freedom. We encourage them to think about their role within a global society and how passion and motivation can support change. We also empower children within their learning through our assessment for learning systems where pupils are able to participate in the decision relating to the next level of challenge that they undertake in their learning. We present pupils with relevant information regarding E-Safety and personal freedoms through our computing and PSHE curriculum. We also offer pupils a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities that they can choose to participate in.

Mutual Respect:

Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around such values as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy. The Church Schools work closely with the local minister to introduce and discuss how our Christian faith supports and encourages respect and love of others. The Community Schools also have close links with their local ministers who will often attend an assembly as part of the RE curriculum.

Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs:

We are very aware that our schools are in a predominantly white, mono-cultural environment. Because of this we believe that our children need to see themselves as part of a global, diverse community. Assemblies, Acts of Worships and special visitors to the school and visits support the work in helping children develop an understanding of other faiths and cultures. We continue in class through RE, PSHE and topic work. We seek to allow every child in the school to identify with their own culture but encourage them to look at different faiths and religions. We give the children the opportunity to learn a modern foreign language to help them understand that they live in an interdependent world.

Announcement

What a busy week we have had in school! Celebration Worship is at 2:45 pm today, Sports Day Certificates will be handed out to the children during this Worship.

Residential - Fencing, Dinner time, Disco and Giant Swing

23 May 2018

Today is the final day of the residential.  We are looking forward to hearing all about it when the children return.  The children finished off their day yesterday with fenc...

Abseiling Residential Year 6

22 May 2018

The children are all having a wonderful time on the residential and all enjoyed abseiling yesterday afternoon.  

Year 6 Residential - Tunnel and Giant Swing

22 May 2018

The children have been exploring tunnels today.  They have also enjoyed using the giant swing.  

Residential Year 6

21 May 2018

It has been a great start to our stay so far. We arrived and were settled in, before having a tour of the fantastic site and playing some games. All children well fed and full of roast dinner, macaron...

Residential Year 6 Monday

21 May 2018

All children full of cooked breakfast, porridge and fruit and ready and waiting for our rafting morning on the Isle of Portland today. All Children slept well and up nice and early! All good.

Residential Year 6 Monday Raft Building

21 May 2018

A fantastic morning spent raft building at the sailing academy on Portland. "This is the best thing I've ever done!" Said one child.

Holly Class Longleat Trip

14 May 2018

​Holly class thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Longleat on Friday. Although it was a long day, their enthusiasm and intrigue of the animals was uplifting. On the way back, we counted 52 animals that...

Oak Class Forest School

09 May 2018

Oak class have been making bread down in forest school. The children made the dough themselves and then wound it around sticks, and cooked it over the fire. Some of the boys constructed a bush craft...

Hazel Class - we the curious Class Trip

09 May 2018

This month Hazel Class enjoyed a fantastic learning experience at 'we the curious' in Bristol. We had a wonderful time playing with some super science displays and learning...

Hazel and Holly's Celebration Worship

29 Apr 2018

The parents all enjoyed watching the children from Hazel and Holly Class performing their assembly. We heard lots of poetry, riddles and stories. Well d...

Maple Class Eco Animal Encounter Visit

27 Apr 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit from Eco Animal Encounters. We got to hold touch and get up close and personal with Bluebell the Blue tonged lizard, an Asian Forest scorpion, an African Bullfrog, a mi...

Holly Class African Land Snail Visit

25 Apr 2018

Holly class had a special visitor on Tuesday afternoon. Rosie, who has a pet Giant African Land Snail, brought in her special pet to show the children. The children were able to ask Rosie lots of ques...

Mrs Slingsby's Celebration Worship

18 Apr 2018

Mrs Slingsby retired at the end of the Spring Term. Mrs Slingsby had worked at St. Andrew's Primary for many years. We held a Celebration Worship to thank her for all of her hard work and dedication t...

Netball Tournament

28 Mar 2018

Six Key Stage 2 children represented the school in an Acorn Netball Tournament on Tuesday afternoon at Mrs E's in Uplyme. They played a total of four matches and came third place. A huge well done to...

St. Andrew's Church Easter display

28 Mar 2018

Every child in school has produced a butterfly or flower to help make a display in the church for Easter. Please do go along and take a look.

Holly Class look at telling the time!

21 Mar 2018

Holly Class were looking at telling the time recently. 

Fizz Pop Science Assembly

21 Mar 2018

Fizz Pop Science gave the whole school a taste of how fun science can be today. They will running a club in the Summer Term, letters will be sent home shortly.

Fizz Pop Science

21 Mar 2018

The children from Willow and Oak had a fantastic morning with Alice from Fizz Pop Science! As their topic for this half term is Water, the children learnt about how liquids can change colour with the...

Recycled Sculpture Workshop

16 Mar 2018

Willow and Oak children took part in a recycled sculpture workshop with Peter Margerum, an artist and designer this week. They recycled plastic waste washed up from the sea in to an assortment of sea...

Holly Class Recycling Centre Day

08 Mar 2018

Holly class have had a lovely morning with Sally from Devon Recycling Centre,  learning lots about reusing, recycling and reducing our rubbish. They then all made a piece of paper each by creating a p...

World Book Day 2018

05 Mar 2018

World Book Day 2018 We are holding our very own World Book Day in school today. The children have dressed up as their favourite characters and have brought their favourite book in to school to share...

Holly Class Bicton Park Trip

03 Mar 2018

Just before half term Holly class concluded their learning on plants and rainforests by going on a trip to Bicton Park. It was thoroughly enjoyable and they were able to show off their knowledge as...

Holly Class

03 Mar 2018

Holly Class planted some coriander in September outside the classroom. Recently they picked it and made some potato salad using their own coriander. They have thoroughly enjoyed planting, looking afte...

Nativity 2017

15 Dec 2017

Our Reception and KS1 performed their Nativity play Chirstmas Counts this week. They all worked incredibly hard. Congratulations.

Clip and Climb Trip

01 Dec 2017

Willow and Oak Class spent the day at Clip and Climb this week. In their current topic they are looking at mountains. The children thoroughly enjoyed challenging themselves.

Exeter Chiefs Tag Rugby Tournament

05 May 2017

On the last day of term St. Andrews sent 2 teams to the tag rugby tournament that Exeter Chiefs organised. The teams were from year 3 and 4 and have been currently working with them on a Tuesday after...

Lady Chapel in St Andrew’s Church

05 May 2017

"Children throughout the school contributed to the decoration of the Lady Chapel in St Andrew’s Church with prayers on fish shapes to connect our knowledge with our patron Saint as a fisherman. The ch...

Holly Class Pen Pals

05 May 2017

Holly Class were extremely excited when the postman dropped of 29 letters today. Miss Andrews had secretly set up a pen pal from Cambridgeshire for each child in Holly Class. They had a great afternoo...

Shrove Tuesday

04 May 2017

The whole school celebrated Shrove Tuesday yesterday with a pancake race organised by Mrs Melville. All of the house teams worked together to earn lots of house points.

World Book Day

03 May 2017

St. Andrew's celebrated world book day today. The staff and children dressed as characters from their favourite books. The costumes were fantastic. Thank you to all of the children, parents and staff...

Holly Class Gymnastics

02 May 2017

Holly class loved their gymnastics session with Miss Andrews and Go Active on Monday afternoon. They practised their balances in groups of 2 and 3 and then performed them to the class at the end of th...

Stockland Cross Country

01 May 2017

Congratulations to all of the children that took part in Stockland Cross Country last night. Despite the very muddy conditions the children all ran exceptionally well! Thank you to Mrs Parsons for the...