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The three R's

 

Our aim is to develop ...

 

    Respect

        Responsibility

            Resilience

 

... in each of our students to become confident and motivated young adults.

 

Respect:

JSTC prides itself on creating a warm, nurturing and respectful learning environment at the heart of its local community. Staff are passionate about ensuring students receive a first class educational experience in a happy, stimulating setting. As a school, we value, appreciate and celebrate the achievements and efforts of our students.

 

Responsibility:

Staff at JSTC work hard to ensure lessons are both engaging and challenging. Our carefully planned curriculum will nurture and guide our students not only to academic success, but will also ensure they leave us as young adults ready to play a key role in the wider world. Together, we can support your child to excel in school, be happy and leave as confident young people.

 

Resilience:

JSTC values the contributions that all students make – whether in the classroom, on the sports field or swimming pool, as part of a team in our school council, leading a primary school event or helping a young student with their reading. We believe that, in partnership with parents, we can make the difference and ensure that your child reaches their full potential.

What are British Values?

 

In 2014 the Department for Education published guidance on promoting British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain.

 

The guidance aims to help schools understand their responsibilities in this area, and their duty to ‘actively 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. These values were first set out by the government in the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2011.

 

Until now schools have been required to ‘respect’ these values, but as a result of changes, schools must now have a clear strategy for embedding these values and show how their work with pupils has been effective in doing so. In a letter to the Education Select Committee in March 2014, the then Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools, Lord Nash explained the changes were designed to “tighten up the standards on pupil welfare to improve safeguarding, and the standards on spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) of pupils to strengthen the barriers to extremism”.

 

Ofsted and the independent inspectorates now take the work of schools in this area into account during inspections.

 

Lord Nash said:

  • A key part of our plan for education is to ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background.

 

  • We want every school to promote the basic British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs.

 

  • This ensures young people understand the importance of respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.

Examples of the understanding and knowledge pupils are expected to learn include:

  • an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process

 

  • an understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law

 

  • an acceptance that people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour

 

  • an understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination

Examples of actions schools can take to promote British values are to:

  • include in suitable parts of the curriculum - as appropriate for the age of pupils - material on the strengths, advantages and disadvantages of democracy, and how democracy and the law works in Britain, in contrast to other forms of government in other countries

 

  • ensure all pupils within the school have a voice that is listened to, and demonstrate how democracy works by actively promoting democratic processes such as a school council whose members are voted for by the pupils

 

  • use opportunities such as general or local elections to hold mock elections to promote fundamental British values and provide pupils with the opportunity to learn how to argue and defend points of view

 

  • consider the role of extra-curricular activity, including any run directly by pupils, in promoting fundamental British values

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