British Values Statement
British Values at The Ebbsfleet Academy include Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Development.
British values are central to our curriculum. All subjects include British values, but the bulk of the relevant learning takes place in RE, History, Geography and English. There are a set of integrated tasks to further written and verbal discussion of British Values in the curriculum focusing upon understanding tolerance, respect, fairness, equality, the law and democracy.
GCSE Philosophy and Religious Education is compulsory and students begin their studies in Year 9 and take their GCSE exam in Year 10.
There are three reasons why every student follows this course:
- To grow their understanding of Britain as a multi-cultural society
- To encourage critical writing as part of developing their English language skills
- To ensure our students have a greater understanding about wider moral and religious questions
In addition to the subjects outlined above British values are reflected in our wider curriculum.
The school's 2013 Ofsted report identified students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development as a strength. The school’s approach to SMSC and British values is embedded with our PRIDE ethos. Students show respect and consideration to those from different religious, ethnic and social backgrounds.
We actively promote these values through our:
- School ethos of ‘Learning Together’
- Weekly team assemblies led by a variety of in school speakers
- Student voice activities through the student council, prefects and team captains
- Enterprise business days with varied SMSC and British Values
- Healthy schools initiatives and cross curricular enterprise days
- School clubs before, during and after school
- Enrichment activities for Key stage 3 on Tuesday 3pm-4pm.
- Strong international links with exchange schools in France
- Charity work at the forefront of vertical tutoring
- Sporting events
- Pro-Soccer Academy (Sixth Form)
- Junior sports leadership award
- Joint learning projects with other schools.
- Educational visits to develop opportunities for learning outside the classroom
- Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme
- World Challenge expedition planned to Thailand in 2017.
We encourage the spiritual development of our pupils to enable them to develop their:
- Ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values
- Sense of enjoyment in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
- Use of imagination and creativity in their learning
- Opportunity to be reflective about their experiences as they grow and develop as young people.
- Annual carol service in St. Stephen’s church in Tonbridge
We encourage the moral development of our pupils to enable them to develop their:
- Ability to identify the difference between right and wrong,
- Apply an understanding of respect for the civil and criminal law of England in conjunction with Kent Police.
- Understanding of the consequences of behaviour and actions with restorative justice.
- Interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, and being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.
We encourage the social development of our pupils to enable them to develop their:
- Use of a range of social skills in a variety of contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
- Willingness to participate in communities and social settings by volunteering and cooperating well with other members of the school, local and global community
- Acceptance and engagement 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
We encourage the cultural development of our pupils to enable them to develop their;
- Understanding and acknowledgement of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others
- Understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within the school and externally as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
- Knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values
- Willingness to actively participate in and respond positively to creative, sporting and cultural opportunities
- Interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity in Philosophy and Religious Education lessons
Through diverse activities we aim to encourage our pupils to develop their:
- Self-confidence, self-knowledge, self-worth, self-esteem
- Acceptance of responsibility for their behaviour
- Understanding of positive contribution to Tonbridge and the wider society Respect for their own and other cultures
- Respect for other people (Equality Act 2010), and
- Respect for democracy and encouraged future participation in the democratic process.
These skills, attitudes and attributes will allow the students at this school to participate fully and contribute positively to life in modern Britain as a global citizen.