Statement of British Values
Yate International Academy is an All-through (3-18) mixed comprehensive school, within the Ridings’ Federation. We are a rapidly improving school which focuses on core values based around INSPIRE (Integrity, Nurture, Success, Pride, Innovation, Resilience, Excellence). We are an increasingly popular Academy with almost all of our students coming from within a very small radius of the school. We have a shared Sixth Form (Cotswold Edge) partnership with Brimsham Green School and Chipping Sodbury School.
We continually monitor and evaluate our performance through a robust Quality Assurance process and aim to provide the best all-round education for our students, preparing them for their future lives beyond school.
YIA is a thriving and happy school where students want to learn. We invite you to come and visit us to see the school in action. We operate an “Open Day Every Day” policy as we know that you will see a calm and productive environment every day.
Promoting British Values at Yate Academy
The DFE in November 2014 reinforced the need to promote fundamental British values:
“Schools should 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. This can help schools to demonstrate how they are meeting the requirements of section 78 of the Education Act 2002, in their provision of SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education)”.
At Yate International Academy we encourage students to:
- develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
- distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
- accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely;
- acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;
- display further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;
- encourage respect for other people; and
- respect democracy and support participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.
As a result, students are able to:
- understand how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process;
- appreciate that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety;
- understand that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence;
- understand that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law;
- accept that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour; and
- understand the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination.
Promoting British Values
At Yate International Academy these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Students have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. Student Voice operates through our Guild system and students share their views every week, with a Key Stage Student Voice taking place once a module with the Academy Principal.
Questionnaires happen regularly through our Quality Assurance process and students are encouraged to express their views.
Equally, parent feedback is collected through the same questionnaire at every event. This enables us to show and measure impact and act upon any concerns raised promptly.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies.
Students are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from agencies such as the Police and our PCSOs on PSHE Drop-Down Days help reinforce this message.
Within the Academy, students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Our Tutorial and SMSC programme is based around the Stonewall “Get Over It” campaign which promotes individual liberty and freedom of expression. These are exemplified by annually hosting outside groups such as the “Chelsea’s Choice” production and we talk openly about the use of homophobic terms and language.
Whether it is through choice of learning challenge, setting their own aspirational targets or through participation in our extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, students are given the freedom to make informed choices.
Students learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community are encouraged and enabled to treat each other with respect. This is reinforced through our behaviour system which does not allow for students to disrupt the learning of others and assemblies each week which highlight our INSPIRE values.
In assemblies we promote the following values:
- To travel to/from the Academy in a calm and dignified manner
- To be highly punctual
- To be dressed and prepared for a day of learning
- To be fully attentive during lessons and work exceptionally hard
- To complete all homework on time and to a high standard
- To treat each other and the adults in the Academy with respect
- To respect the environment we are in, your own property, the property of others and the property of the Academy
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Yate International Academy is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse; therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the students. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE lessons and SMSC programme reinforce this.
We actively challenge students, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views and all staff have undertaken “Prevent” training in line with the Government’s requirements.