The core values that are promoted at The ACB are based around the 5Rs of lifelong learning. It is thought that all staff and young people have the capacity to develop their character through a focus on improving:
Staff have high expectations of the students through the ongoing promotion of the 5 Rs. It is believed that a student able to become more respectful, resilient, resourceful, responsible and reflective is bound to make progress socially, emotionally and academically and be in a stronger position to make stronger relationships with potential future employers and promote independent readiness for work.
When young people start at the Academy, they complete a 5R self assessment tool and reflect on their rating 6 months later.
Here is some of the data relating to 5R student self assessment from the Academic year 2016/17.
Data taken from a pilot group based on the Kingsland site and is now being rolled out across the Academy.
British Values Statement
Through the work done on promoting the 5Rs of lifelong learning, we are also able to support and promote British Values.
The Department for Education has introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values more actively from September 2014, and to ensure they are taught in schools.
The Academy of Central Bedfordshire is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. The Academy of Central Bedfordshire is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal, examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its students.
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The five key British Values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
How we Demonstrate the 5R Values
The Academy of Central Bedfordshire uses strategies within the national curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students. The examples that follow show some of the many ways ACB seeks to instil British Values.
Students at The Academy of Central Bedfordshire play an essential role in the decision making process and are consulted in shaping all of the systems that we have in the school. Students voted for representatives to be part of the school council. Students are also involved in deciding which local and national charities the school supports. Student questionnaires are regularly used to inform the school of the students’ opinions, for example students had the opportunity to agree the school uniform.
The Rule of Law (Responsibility)
The Academy of Central Bedfordshire has a comprehensive behaviour policy, which has been designed in consultation with our students. All students know and understand the rationale behind this as well as the consequences of not following the behaviour code. We also have a very successful restorative justice system providing students with the opportunity to repair difficulties in a meaningful and lasting fashion.
Individual Liberty (Reflection)
Students are encouraged to think for themselves and make informed decisions about their lives and their futures, knowing that they have the support of staff and their peers. In addition to this, has an anti-bullying culture where tolerance is expected by all.
Mutual Respect (Respect)
Respect is an integral part of the ACB. Visitors to the school frequently comment on the mature and respectful attitudes that students have for each other and for staff. Mutual respect is embedded throughout the curriculum, with students encouraged to express their own opinions on sensitive matters without infringing the rights of others.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs (Respect and Resilience)
We work hard at The Academy of Central Bedfordshire to ensure that students both exhibit and promote religious tolerance. We give them an insight into the world of faith through Diversity Days. They are encouraged to ask questions, make comparisons and challenge stereotypes.