British Values and Prevent Duty at Global Academy

See how Global Academy fosters British values, promotes diversity, and prepares creative minds for modern Britain.

Global Academy is a unique school and sixth form for 14-19 year-olds in Year 10 to Year 14. Students join the school from a wide variety of communities across London, Berkshire, and across the South East. As a diverse community, we are dedicated to providing a range of opportunities that enable all of our students to kickstart their careers in the creative industry and become active citizens in the world.

Global Academy believes that in order to prepare our learners for life in modern Britain – the role of ensuring that we promote British values to our students is paramount. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these were reinforced in 2014.

The British values are:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of Law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect / tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

At Global Academy – students will encounter these values within the core and creative curriculums and through our wider Global Cultural Learning programme. See below on how we are integrating Fundamental British Values into everyday life at Global Academy.

How does Global Academy support British Values?

  • Democracy

    This means making sure that elections are fair and open to everyone, following the rules of the law, and safeguarding the freedoms and rights of each person. It stresses how vital it is for all Globallers to be part of making important decisions and to show respect for the democratic way of doing things in our country.

    Global Academy will achieve this by:

    Encouraging students to participate in decisions that impact them (known as “student voice”). This involves regular student focus groups where they discuss the strengths and areas where Global Academy can improve.

    Engaging students in discussions and panels related to staff employment decisions.

    Incorporating discussions and debates into Global Cultural Learning lessons – part of Personal, Health, and Social Education (PHSE).

    Welcoming guest speakers,  organising workshops, and visiting workplaces in the creative industry and beyond to expand students’ horizons and knowledge.

    Supporting various charitable causes, including fundraising efforts for Global’s Make Some Noise.

    Facilitating regular meetings between the Student Leadership Team, Senior Leadership Team, governing body, and industry partners.

    Recognising achievements through special assemblies dedicated to rewards and acknowledgments.

    Promoting educational fairness through differentiated lessons and ongoing training in intervention strategies for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

  • The Rule of the Law

    British values mean that every person and organization must follow the law and be responsible for our actions. This includes treating everyone fairly and making sure that everyone’s rights are protected.

    Global Academy will achieve this by:

    Home-School Agreement: We establish a mutual understanding between the school, students, and their families, ensuring that everyone knows their responsibilities in maintaining a positive learning environment.

    Behavior and Rewards System: We have a structured system that encourages good behavior and recognizes students’ achievements. This helps create a respectful and supportive atmosphere.

    Global Cultural Learning Lessons: We provide lessons where students learn about how laws are made and administered. We emphasize that all individuals are treated equally under the law.

    Promotion of Respect: Global Academy actively promotes respect among students, helping them understand the difference between right and wrong.

    Consistent Behavior Management: We have a clear and consistent behavior management system that all staff members follow, ensuring fairness and accountability.

    Reinforcement of Rules and Laws: The importance of rules and laws, whether they apply to the classroom, the school, or the entire country, is consistently emphasized throughout the day, during assemblies, and when addressing behavior issues.

    Partnership with Local Authorities: We collaborate with local authorities such as the Police Service to ensure a safe and secure environment for all.

  • Individual Liberty

    This value underscores how essential it is to have personal freedoms and rights, such as the freedom to express your thoughts, gather with others, and practice your beliefs. It also stresses the right to live without being treated unfairly or harmed because of who you are or what you believe in.

    Global Academy will achieve this by:

    We take pride in fostering a creative culture that meets industry standards, emphasizing respect, tolerance, and resilience.

    Our teachers engage in conversations with students about making the right choices, knowing that they are in a secure and supportive environment.

    Students are actively encouraged to be aware of, understand, and exercise their rights and personal freedoms.

    At Global Academy, we have zero tolerance for bullying, and any rare incidents are promptly and appropriately addressed.

    We promote independence among our students, encouraging them to work independently during a portion of each lesson.

    Our students are motivated to take responsibility for their behavior, and they receive support in learning to make safe choices that enable personal growth and achievement in all aspects of their learning.

    For our vulnerable students, we provide dedicated support to help them make appropriate decisions, ensuring that the adults assisting them always prioritize the students’ best interests in decision-making.

    The concept of liberty is woven throughout our curriculum, with a focus on developing students’ employability skills such as problem-solving, resilience, self-management, and organization.

  • Mutual Respect and Tolerance

    British values champion the idea of treating all cultures, religions, and beliefs with respect. They also encourage being open-minded and tolerant of different viewpoints, helping to create a society where people can live together in harmony, even when they have different ways of looking at the world.

    Global Academy will achieve this by:

    Respect lies at the heart of Global Academy’s creative industry ethos. Our students recognise and embrace the expectation of showing respect to everyone – adults, fellow students and industry partners.

    During assemblies and gTalks, we delve into the meaning of respect and how it is demonstrated in our daily lives.

    We emphasise the importance of respect within our classrooms through our Behaviour Policy.

    Inside and outside the classroom, our students gain an understanding of and respect for diverse cultures and ways of life – with a focus on their future in the creative industry.

    We encourage healthy debates in lessons, teaching students to respect others’ opinions while also building their resilience and ability to challenge different viewpoints.

    Both our staff and students are encouraged to speak out against prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour, with any incidents being recorded and addressed appropriately.

    Our Youths Choice and The Loop presenters reflect the diverse makeup of the Global Academy community.

    Receiving our LGBT+ Inclusion Award

    Our unique careers programme places mutual respect in the creative industry at the heart of our activity.

    When it comes to tolerance of various faiths and beliefs:

    Our English and media topics are intentionally chosen to spark discussions on prejudice and discrimination, as well as to expand students’ understanding of different cultures and religions – for example, in the Autumn Term – students are focusing on Windrush.

    RE forms part of our Global Cultural Learning curriculum which provide students with insight into the belief systems and practices of various religions.

    Our industry partners reinforce our values of respecting and understanding diverse perspectives – for example, students take part in panel events with Canon UK for National Inclusion Week.

    We hold unique celebration events for the Global Academy community to help promote tolerance of faiths and beliefs – such as Black History Month, Diwali and Pride.

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