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Embedding British Values

At Uplands the students develop their sense of British Values through a broad range of curriculum and whole school activities. For example through Citizenship which is part of the national curriculum and is differentiated to suit the needs of the student groups.

 Examples include:  

  • The development of the political system of democratic government in the United Kingdom, including the roles of citizens, Parliament and the monarch

For example, this is available as a discreet humanities session in Year B for those students who would be able to access this. In addition this is supported by other humanities topics such as the Gunpowder Plot and Regions of the UK. We also teach this (where appropriate) when considering the Youth Parliament and Student Council elections. The ‘role of citizens’ forms part of the citizenship framework and is supplemented by KS3 activities such as visiting Elsie Hazel Court and raising money for MacMillan. 

  • the operation of Parliament, including voting and elections, and the role of political parties

The election and activities of the Student Council are integral to this. Elections are held within classes in Term 1 each year for the Student Councillor from each class. each student has the chance to vote for their preferred candidate and every student has the opportunity to stand for election. Termly Student Council meetings ensure that the views of students are represented, thus reinforcing teaching about the processes of democracy and representation. Uplands also participates in the National Youth Parliament elections, enabling all students to have the opportunity to participate in a national election.

Wherever possible students take part in a school election process which mirrors general elections and enables them to understand concepts such as different leaders, differences in priorities that different groups have and having a voice and voting. 

  • the precious liberties enjoyed by the citizens of the United Kingdom

Uplands is committed to ensuring that all students develop an understanding of their rights as individuals and their responsibilities to each other and to the community. Our Rainbow programme focusses on ensuring that students develop an awareness of friendship, tolerance and free expression as well as the rights of all students to feel safe. Students develop an understanding that with these rights come responsibilities to support others and protects these rights for others. Through our Personal Development programme students begin to develop an understanding of their rights and responsibilities within the wider community. Uplands also participates in anti-bullying week which further reinforces the notions of freedom and responsibility. All of these values are reinforced on a bi-weekly assembly based on the Rainbow theme as well as throughout the week in class activities. In key stage four students learn about key figures such as Martin Luther King and how they are relevant in today’s society. 

Students at Uplands participate in a variety of Remembrance Day activities each November ranging from selling poppies and laying wreathes to participating in the collective silence. 

  • the nature of rules and laws and the justice system, including the role of the police and the operation of courts and tribunals

In addition to the above, students are taught about the role of the police both by looking at ‘People Who Help Us’ but also as part of an annual safety awareness workshop which examines the role of the police in helping to keep us safe. Students also develop an awareness of positive reinforcement and rewards and sanctions through personalised behaviour monitoring systems and the Golden Time programme. Where appropriate, classes develop their own system of class rules which are linked to this. 

  • the roles played by public institutions and voluntary groups in society, and the ways in which citizens work together to improve their communities, including opportunities to participate in school-based activities

Students at Uplands play a full part in contributing to their community in many different ways including singing at concerts for the elderly, taking part in community art projects with other community groups, participating in collaborative work with other schools to be Sports Leaders, acting as mentors to younger students and many more. Specifically every student in Key Stage 3 will have the opportunity to visit a local retirement home to take part in a residents coffee morning. Key Stage 3 students are also responsible for planning and administering the annual Macmillan Coffee Morning. In addition to this, the school takes part in many other charity events such as Children in Need, Sport Relief and Comic Relief. Students also collect for the Swindon Food Bank. 

  • the functions and uses of money, the importance and practice of budgeting, and managing risk

The functions of money are embedded in the numeracy curriculum at KS3. In addition to this, students have many opportunities to practice using money in the community, ranging from purchasing items in shops and cafes as well as buying class tuck items. Where appropriate, classes used a money-based system for ‘buying’ tuck. Also, where appropriate, students begin to understand the connections between work and money, particularly through work experience at the Redhouse Shop and through the Enterprise Initiatives in each provision group.

Mapping to qualifications and showing progress

Students may have EHCP outcomes and 12 month targets that link to concepts around British Values. For example a student may experience particular difficulties understanding or accepting different groups which would create difficulties for them and others in life. A target may try to focus learning in this area.

Students in Key Stage 4 follow the ASDAN Citizenship Towards Independence Module, as a basis for their curriculum or their accreditation. They complete the compulsory sections the first year and the extended project work in the second year. Over KS 4 they complete the whole module. 

Students in Key Stage 5 study formal units related to British Values such as Rights and Responsibilities through the OCR Life and Living Qualification or through various BTEC modules such as Using Money or Working with Others. Some areas of British Values also link to areas within the Uplands Skills Framework. Examples include: Asking questions and Curiosity and research. 

Through external work experience placements students learn, through interacting in the workplace, concepts such as tolerance, respect and working with other people. In addition they learn the value of making an important contribution to their local community through community enterprise projects such as running the school coffee shop, making and selling goods through creative enterprise and raising money for charity through fund raising.