Curriculum

Below is a variety of documentation pertaining to the curriculum at Calthorpe Academy.

Promoting British Values at Calthorpe Academy

The DfE have identified 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.”

At Calthorpe Academy, we are actively committed to promoting the fundamental British values.

Democracy:

We listen to pupils’ and parent’s/carer’s voice. We are clear in showing that we want the young people to contribute and co-operate and consider the views and needs of others. Our Curriculum policy ensures that through ‘Personalised teaching strategies’ pupils are able to develop their voice in order to have a real say in their school.

The Rule of Law:

We consistently reinforce our high expectations of young people. Whenever appropriate learners are taught the value and reasons behind our expectations (rules) that they are there to protect and that everyone has responsibility. Our Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) approach aims to improve quality of life and focuses on understanding the reason behind behaviour in order to prevent it. We pride ourselves on encouraging positive behaviour and using proactive rather reactive strategies

Individual Liberty:

Within our academy, everyone is actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school, we try and help our young people learn about how to make choices and what makes a good choice. Young people are encouraged to express their views and we respond to their preferences and interests throughout our teaching, by using ‘motivators and incentives’ highlighted in our Curriculum policy.

Mutual Respect:

All staff demonstrate respect to everyone they come into contact with. They consistently promote the behaviours and attitudes that are the foundation of positive relationships. The strong school ethos encourages everyone to consider and support each other and to celebrate the worth and individuality of every member of the school community, alongside this we promote inclusion activities and facilitate opportunities to participate in their communities.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

A key theme in our teaching is understanding the world around us, and this includes providing experiences relating to different faiths, beliefs and cultures. We have strong links with the Ladywood Interfaith Project (LIP) which allows our pupils to make visits to a variety of different places of worship within our local community. We also welcome multi-faith external visitors from LIP into school to participate in celebrations and acts of collective worship.

Members of staff have the duty to use every opportunity to share these values across any subjects or activities and our medium-term plan is a way to tackle issues as they emerge as well as planning for a good level of coverage of British values in our curriculum. Grid Maker software will record evidence of learning opportunities created by teachers and provided to our pupils. The recording of these will be uploaded termly. Much work was already in place to support and embed these values and it is our aim to ensure we effectively share this with pupils, staff, governors and the wider community. The British values are integral to our academy vision and ethos.

Last updated 10/10/2017

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