British Values

Upholding British values

Witton Park Academy seeks to uphold British values by fostering a culture of tolerance and respect through open discussion and a well crafted curriculum.

Students bring with them diverse values from different ethnic and religious heritages. Our role is to help students develop a common set of values based on the themes of respect, tolerance and upholding the laws of this country.

We have done this by:

● Developing a discrete British Values curriculum for year 9 (see below) exploring themes such as ‘What makes someone an Extremist?’ and   ‘What is a British education?’

● Delivery of a strong RE curriculum which focuses on ethical themes such as the relationship between religious and secular laws, the use of protest in a non–violent way and respect for different cultures.

bvquote1● The development of respect for democracy through participation. The student council election allows for voting and representative democracy.

● Providing extra curricular activities such as students delivering PANDAA training in other schools, the Academy’s involvement with Remembering Srebrenica including a residential visit and organising an annual memorial to the victims of Genocide at Blackburn Cathedral. Annual events including speakers to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

● Providing a PSHEE programme including citizenship and safe use of the internet

● E-Safety training in BICT lessons.

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● Developing links with faith based organisations such as the Blackburn Interfaith forum and local mosques and churches. Witton Park academy hosted a RE conference for BwD schools, which included 15 speakers from different traditions, cultures and religions.

Witton Park Academy provides a high standard of care in relation to safeguarding students. We have dedicated staff trained by the police in the PREVENT, WRAP and CHANNEL agendas, all staff have received training about referring students they have concerns about, we have a mentoring and monitoring programme in place for any students whose behaviour is causing concern which will encompass this agenda within its approach.

bvquote3The key principle in school is to give our pupils a sense of belonging and to feel part of the school and local community. Our school is diverse and inclusive, our specialist staff are passionate, knowledgeable, trusted and respected by both the community and authorities we work closely with.


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British Values Curriculum, Year 9


Events in 2016

 

Holocaust Memorial event with Year 11 students

This year students commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day by writing and presenting speeches for the Blackburn with Darwen memorial event. Students reflected on the key British values of mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and the need to uphold human rights.

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Projects with Year 9

British Values students presented campaigns to the leader of Blackburn with Darwen council. They showed that you can change the world without resorting to extreme ideas. This project allowed them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

 

Visit to the Holocaust Memorial Centre

In April 2016 all Year 9 students had the opportunity to hear from a Holocaust survivor and learn more about the consequences of prejudice and hatred during their visit to the Holocaust Memorial Centre in Laxton, Nottinghamshire. All students learnt the value of mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

National Holocaust Centre webpage

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Visit by Lord Greaves

Year 10 students were privileged to hear Lord Greaves, Liberal Democrat peer, talk about political issues and his life in parliament, with time for students to ask questions of their own.

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Witton Park Academy students create a charter of values

This academic year has also seen WPA students and staff play a lead role in work towards a Charter of Values that can be embraced by all schools within BwD. Our students and staff have worked on a series of issues including International Womens’ Day, Refugees and Migration, Violent extremism, Tackling Stereotypes and most recently Human Rights. They have also received £500 for their excellent presentation in this year’s Supporting Schools Dragons’ Den competition for their presentation on promoting community cohesion. Danielle, Edgars, Faeza, Sana, Taybah, Szedrik and Talha have been excellent ambassadors for WPA in this project.

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The next academic year will see the creation of the Charter of Values and the continuation of our important work to prepare young people for the world outside of school and encourage them in playing active and positive community roles.

Special thanks should go to our former students that play active community roles and who have found the time to return to school and support current students to become active citizens.

 

Witton Park Academy students assist the police.

Most recently fourteen students travelled to Lancashire Constabulary HQ at Hutton to take part in the Police’s Young People’s Summit which aimed to assist the Police in developing effective communications with young people and also tackle some of the issues that most concern our young people as revealed in the recent county wide survey of Young People’s attitudes to crime.

 

Witton Park Academy students remember Srebrenica massacre

During the last two years Witton park Academy students have been involved with the charity Remenbering Srebrenica.

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The aim of the charity is to remember the victims of the Srebrenica genocide in 1995 and to foster   attitudes of mutual respect and tolerance for those of other faiths.

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Activities have included organising a memorial event at Blackburn Cathedral, appearing on local radio , attending and speaking at Westminster Cathedral and visiting Bosnia to learn more about the genocide.

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With attendance at 95% we’ve had our best results at KS3 and GCSE.