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‘British Values’ at Arco Academy 

At Arco Academy, we expect all staff and students to embrace our key values of high standards, personal responsibility, professionalism and integrity. As part of that we want them to learn about and uphold the principles of democracy; the rule of law; individual liberty; and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, and for those without faith. These are what are known as British values.

Arco students learn about these through the curriculum – in lessons like English, History and Religious Education. They are also part of our personal development programme, including relationships education. Our assemblies and lessons help students understand democracy and combat discrimination. We encourage them to appreciate the power of law and understand individual rights and freedoms. As part of this our staff are aware that some children may be vulnerable to radicalisation and know what to do about such risks.

Through PSHE, students are expected to learn

  • To develop their knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • To distinguish right from wrong and respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • To accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative and demonstrate how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and society more widely
  • To acquire a respect for public institutions and services
  • To acquire an appreciation of and respect for their and other cultures
  • To respect other people irrespective of their status
  • How citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process
  • That the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs, or none, should be tolerated, not subjected to prejudicial or discriminatory practices or behaviour
  • The importance of identifying and tackling discrimination.

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