Oasis Academy Short Heath is a school where pupils come from diverse backgrounds. They come with a variety languages and cultural differences. We aim to unify our academy community through shared values. In September 2014 the Department for Education introduced a statutory duty to all schools that they should promote British Values which are :
- Rule of Law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect and tolerance of other faiths and beliefs
These principles are promoted at all levels throughout the academy by way of a variety of methods and in particular through the teaching of Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTs) which is also known as Successful Learners and the 9 Habits- an initiative promoted by Oasis Community Learning.
We aim to teach our pupils to develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes which allow them to participate fully and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
British Values are promoted through the curriculum, through everyday activities and through the interaction of all members of the academy community. These are examples of the ways we experience British Values at Oasis Academy Short Heath.
- Through our work on Successful Learners team work is a key aspect of behaviour both in the classroom and beyond.
- The Pupil Leadership Team meets regularly to discuss academy issues and then supports implementation of initiatives.
- Each class votes for their Pupil Leadership representative.
- House captains are elected by the members of their house. The houses are named after the patron saints of the countries of the United Kingdom- St George, St Patrick, St Andrew and St David. Pupils are taught facts related to their saints which are then shared with the whole school on the saints’ days.
- National election proceedings are followed by upper Key Stage 2 pupils.
- Younger pupils have opportunities to make class decisions through a show of hands.
The Rule of Law
- Each class has a set of class rules with reward systems which they decide upon collectively.
- Academy rules are constantly updates and adapted to circumstances.
- Rewards and sanctions are reiterated by class teachers and in assemblies.
- Behaviours which impact negatively on teaching and learning or during recreation times are dealt with fairly and with behaviour modification as a primary principal.
- Pupils distinguish right from wrong and respect the rules of the academy.
- Differences between rules of home and the academy are explored along with differences between religious and English law.
- Rules are displayed in classrooms and around the academy.
- Pupils develop self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Pupils are taught to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative and understand how they can contribute to the lives of those in their community.
- The 9Habits are being taught on a rolling programme to promote the development of personal characteristics.
- The Behaviour Policy emphasizes the need for mutual respect and collective responsibility.
Mutual respect and tolerance of other faiths and beliefs
- Pupils are taught a fully comprehensive RE programme which teaches the fundamental principles of the main world religions and the differences between right and wrong.
- British festivals are commemorated alongside festivals of other faiths ie. Diwali and Eid
- Remembrance Day is observed annually with the full participation of all members of the school community following on from individual class preparations for all pupils.
- Representatives from Oasis India visit the academy annually and have
- established Skype links.
- Collective worship is a vehicle for promoting the understanding of other faiths and beliefs.
- All adults speak respectfully to pupils and among themselves about differences of faith, belief and culture.
- Visits to places of worship and visitors from other faiths promote understanding and tolerance.