At Bedlington Academy students encounter these principles throughout everyday school life. Listed below are some of the examples of how we promote these values in our school community.
Student voice is significant to life at Bedlington Academy. Our student elected school council play a strong role in our school. They are elected by their class peers and are involved in making the Academy a better place to learn.
Student questionnaires and interviews are also conducted throughout the year. We know that the formation of the school council and the active participation of our students will sow the seeds for a more sophisticated understanding of democracy in the future.
Wherever possible we use opportunities from the real world to educate students about democracy. For example, in the recent general election, and for the Northumberland Youth Parliament elections, we held mock elections in school.
RULE OF LAW
Our students will encounter rules and laws throughout their entire lives. We want our students to understand that whether these laws govern the class, the school, the neighbourhood or the country, they are set for good reasons and must be adhered to.
This understanding of the importance of rules will be consistently reinforced through assemblies and our curriculum. Through philosophical enquiry in our RE lessons, we allow opportunities to debate and discuss the reasons for laws so that children can recognise the importance of these for their own protection. Throughout the year we welcome visits from members of the wider community including police, war veterans, the fire brigade and many more. We believe that clear explanations and real-life stories emphasise the importance of the rule of law.
We invest a great deal of time in creating a positive culture in school so that children are in a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged. We offer a range of clubs which students have the freedom to choose from, based on their interests. Through our e-safety and personal development curriculum, and through our RE lessons, we educate students about their rights and personal freedoms as well as supporting them in recognising how to exercise these freedoms safely. At the Academy, we believe that valuing choice and freedom in daily school life will foster a value for individual liberty as the children embark upon their adult lives.
Mutual respect is at the core of our school life. Students learn to treat each other and staff with great respect, and these values are explicitly taught. This is evident when walking around the Academy and in the classrooms.
TOLERANCE OF THOSE WITH DIFFERENT FAITHS AND BELIEFS
At the Academy, we offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected. We strongly believe that tolerance is gained through knowledge and understanding. Through our curriculum and the routines of our daily school life, we strive to demonstrate tolerance and help children to become knowledgable and understanding citizens who can build a better Britain for the future.