At Portslade Aldridge Community Academy, we value the diverse backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and series of lessons to celebrate these differences. This teaches tolerance and respect for the differences both in our community and the wider world. Underpinning this are a range of curriculum topics which have strong links to British Values.
In Year 7, pupils study World War Two and the impact that the military had in fighting for the British Empire. This is linked with the annual Poppy Day celebrations where children purchase poppies and a minute’s silence is respected in specially created school assemblies. In Key Stage 3 students have an annual trip to the French Christmas Market to look at cultural differences. As a whole school, for example, we have celebrated the Olympic Games, with Olympic themed sports days, competitions to design sports kits and opportunities to learn about the history of Olympians in this country.
The school undertakes daily assemblies which uphold traditional British values. These values are also taught within formal PSHE and RE lessons to all Key Stage 3 pupils and as an option to Key Stage 4 students. At PACA, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is rife within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through Student Leadership and pupil questionnaires. Our school behaviour policy involves rewards, which the pupils decide upon. Students are nominated democratically to receive different rewards at each rewards assembly for their embodiment of the school’s core values: team work, passion, creativity, determination, risk taking and problem solving.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether those that govern the school, or the country, are reinforced consistently throughout the school day. Through humanities subjects in Key Stages 3 and 4 pupils are taught the values and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and the Fire Service are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
PACA pupils are actively encouraged to make choices. We educate young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a supportive environment with clear boundaries and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms, for example through the e-safety topic taught in PSHE lessons or by choosing to participate in some of our many extra-curricular clubs and opportunities.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour revolves around mutual respect. Pupils participate in discussions and assemblies relating to what mutual respect means and how it is embedded into the school community. Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved by enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been supported by learning in RE and PSHE. The school has a high-profile ‘Language of the Month’ activity that runs throughout the year, linking to the wide variety of languages spoken by our pupils. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within the school.