As British Values are a very important part of education. The Department for Education states that there is a 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”.
Crompton House CoE Academy is committed to serving its community. Within our ethos of Loving God, Caring for Each Other and Achieving Excellence, we have always embodied British values. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom and as a school of Christian heritage we look to promote ‘life in all its fullness” (John 10:10). We also understand the vital role we have in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to pressurise, or illegally influence them.
Our school reflects British values in all that we do. We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world. We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded, and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world.
We agree with and uphold Department for Education’s five British Values:
• The rule of law.
• Individual liberty.
• Mutual respect.
• Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
The examples below summarise the ways in which we seek to embed British Values:
The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at Crompton House, with democratic processes being used for important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections being held for the Sixth form student council. We run parallel mock elections and always take part in Oldham Youth Council elections, promotion of political events and the importance of registering to vote for our sixth formers. The principle of democracy is also explored in “SUPER LEARNING DAYS” as well as in Assemblies. PSHE, units play an active part in educating students about DEMOCRACY and some students have the opportunity to access visits to the Houses of Parliament. Elements of citizenship are delivered as part of the PSHE programme. In addition, Student Voice is very strong at Crompton House and we feel that, by valuing and responding to the students, we demonstrate their democracy and freedom. We have Student Councils i.e. The Sixth Form – from which students’ feedback on what was discussed, suggested and resolved, is then reported to the Senior Leadership Team (SLT). Students are equally involved in the interviewing process when new appointments are made in school. They also play a massive role in supporting charities, not only choosing the activities that they do to raise money, but also making decisions
regarding where the money that has been raised goes. Over the past few years, students from Crompton House have supported those involved in the Haiti and Nepal earthquakes, annually support Comic Relief / Sport Relief, Education for All in Morocco and supported local charities such as Mountain Rescue, Kershaw’s, Oldham Hospital. In 2023-24, Crompton House will focus on a range of local and national charities.
The importance of laws, whether they may be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Crompton House. Students are taught the rules and expectations of the school, sign a Home School Agreement stating that they and their parent/carers understand and agree to follow rules and our rules are consistently reinforced through our assemblies and curriculum. Students are taught about the consequences of abiding or not abiding by rules within school through our behaviour system – showing clear positive and negative consequences. Students are also taught and reminded about UK law through Religious Studies, PHSE and in a range of different topics, including equality, personal safety and e-safety. Throughout the year, we welcome a range of visitors from the Health Service, the Police, Theatre in Education and a range of speakers from local and national charities who reinforce this message. The rule of law is explored through PSHE lessons e.g. British justice drop-down day, in which students learn about law making and administration. It is also emphasised that all people are equal before the law.
At Crompton House, students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure, and supportive environment. Staff work hard to provide a positive culture using our Caring for each Other key value – educating students and providing them with boundaries enabling them to make informed choices, through a safe and empowering education. Students are ALL encouraged to set personal targets and seek to challenge themselves in individual classes, giving them more freedom to determine their own success. We offer a wide range of enrichment activities, which students have the right to choose from, based on their interests. Students are also encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely – for example, through e-safety. Crompton House has a robust anti-bullying culture and has in place a comprehensive Behaviour Policy. Students are encouraged to understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised to exercise these safely, through assemblies, PSHE, Super Learning Days and other subjects. This can also include their freedom of choice when participating in extra-curricular activities. We aim for students to become independent, believing this can boost and nurture a healthy self-esteem. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, The Human Rights Act and how these link to personal responsibilities are all taught through the PSHE curriculum.
Respect is an underpinning value at Crompton House and is at the core of our school life. Students learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through our teaching and learning environments. Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for students to express their views in a safe environment. (Diversity Group/s, Student Voice, buddying systems) PSHE curriculum.
This is achieved through equipping students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity through a culturally rich and diverse curriculum. Crompton House promotes EQUALITY within its ethos of Loving God and Caring for Each Other and students are regularly reminded of school and UK policy as well as being given an array of opportunities to self–express i.e. the Diversity Group. We invite in a range of outside speakers and seek to draw from our multi-faith staff, to deliver assemblies and activities which promote tolerance and understanding. We engage in annual celebrations of European Language Week, Black History month and Pride month. Students are widely taught about anti-discrimination laws as well as understanding diversity in the UK through their PSHE lessons.
We encourage students to reflect on issues, through form time and access to ” Thought of the Week” videos.
Crompton House strives endlessly to ensure that its students leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and a successful contribution to our society.