Promoting British Values at The Hastings Academy
All schools have a duty to actively promote the fundamental British Values, which were first set out in the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2011.
The fundamental British Values are:
· The rule of law
· Individual liberty
· Mutual respect
· Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
At The Hastings Academy, we take the responsibility of embedding these values seriously and are committed to ensuring our students leave school prepared for life in modern Britain.
We regularly promote these values in the following ways:
The principal of democracy is consistently being reinforced at The Hastings Academy. Democratic processes are used to elect tutor group representatives, House Captains and Vice Captains, and our representative for the Hastings Youth Cabinet. The academy also took part in the UK Youth Parliament’s Make Your Mark vote this year, where every student was able to vote for the issues they wanted to see the UK Youth Parliament focusing on in the year ahead.
Regular Student Voice is conducted throughout the academic year, which is listened to and, where appropriate and possible, acted upon. As a result of listening to our students this year, we have implemented a number of changes including increasing the range of extra-curricular clubs on offer, reviewing and increasing CCTV coverage across the school, and implementing a year 11 indoor space at break and lunch times.
The rule of law
Students are consistently reminded of the rules and expectations we have in place and the reasons behind them. They understand they are there to protect us all and help ensure a positive environment for learning is in place, where all students feel comfortable and safe. Students are understanding of the fact that there are consequences to their actions.
This year we have welcomed visitors from the wider community, including the police, kNOwknives, and a theatre production company who gave performances and discussions on County Lines and Harmful Sexual Behaviours.
At The Hastings Academy, students are encouraged to make independent choices whilst feeling they are in a safe and supportive environment. They learn about their rights and personal freedoms and understand how to exercise these safely, for example through online safety sessions.
Students are encouraged to make choices based on their own individual interests by attending extra-curricular clubs or activities. In KS4 they have a say in the subjects they study when they make their option choices.
Students learn to treat each other and staff with respect, as well as showing respect for our local and wider community. They are encouraged to respect the views and beliefs of others, even if they are different from their own.
Our students regularly come together to help raise funds for charities and the benefit of others and this is something we are particularly proud of. Red Nose Day and Children in Need are two charities that are regularly supported, and money is raised by the Houses for various other causes and charities that are voted on by students themselves.
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
We believe that one of the most important methods of instilling tolerance is through knowledge and understanding. Student learn about the diversity of Britain in a variety of ways, with themed days, weeks or events recognised and celebrated in assemblies and through our tutor time programme. There is also the explicit teaching of other religions and cultures within RE, as well as through other areas of the curriculum such as history, MFL and music, to name a few.