British values and SMSC GMU

British values and social, moral, spiritual and cultural (SMSC) provision at Cockburn John Charles Academy

It is a statutory requirement for all schools and academies 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.

Actively promoting these values means challenging opinions or behaviours in school that are contrary to fundamental British values.

The following table outlines the statutory expectations, alongside how these are promoted and monitored within the academy.

Statutory guidance Academy provision
Enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. A broad and balanced curriculum supports the potential of all students to develop their knowledge, understanding and to explore their own personal interests and develop their talents.
Enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England. All students receive 1 unit of PHSCE teaching during weekly curriculum time, alongside weekly assemblies based around the values and expectations of the academy. Safer schools police officer is based full time on site at the academy.
Encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to 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. Clear guidelines and expectations of behaviour are communicated via the positive discipline for learning (PDFL) system, supported by an experienced care, support and guidance team.
Enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England. All students will study public institutions and services through PHSCE lessons, in year 11 students will be guided through the options process to fully understand post 16 pathways which are appropriate to their aspirations.