The DfE have reinforced the need to “create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools 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”
British Values are clearly defined in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and later revised Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015. At Oakfield High School and College these values are reinforced and encouraged day to day at Oakfield. We keep up to date with how this delivered across the whole school curriculum. Oakfield has been awarded the ACT Quality Standard for Citizenship, the initial accreditation in 2017, and a recent re accreditation in 2020.
At Oakfield democracy is promoted through annual elections for the Student Council, Eco Council and the Digital Guardians. Learners are given the opportunity to share their voice as part Student Council throughout the year. Learners complete learner voice questionnaires every term to ensure their views are heard by senior leaders and staff members. The Student Council regularly invite senior leaders and guests to their meeting so that changes occur that are relevant to the learners.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws and consequences are consistently reinforced through the Oakfield Respect Charter. The emphasis on the rule of law as part of the citizenship curriculum, has embedded that to active citizens in society we must all live by rules. Learned know that rules ensure we are protected and safe and that there are consequences for our actions and when rules are broken.
At Oakfield, learners are encouraged to make choices. Staff encourage learners to make the right choice, putting the ownership of choice with the young person. As a school, we educate the learners to make informed choices within a safe environment. Learners are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are taught how to do this safety through PSHE/Citizenship and IT/E-Safety lessons.
Mutual Respect is at the heart of Respect Charter and ethos at Oakfield. All members of the school community are consistently encouraged to treat others with respect. All learners have a Respect Charter in their planners and this is all classrooms and corridors. This is supported by the Behaviour for learning policy. All computer users agree to an acceptable use agreement when they log on. Though the school curriculum and school life, learners are encouraged to have tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, we consistently reinforce the promotion of diversity. Assemblies are planned to address a range of citizenship themed topics.