At Wednesfield High Specialist Engineering Academy, we are committed to the promotion of the five fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of other faiths and beliefs. At the heart of these values lie good relationships in which teachers and students work together towards common goals. At Wednesfield High, these values are both integral and reinforced regularly.
- An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process
Teaching students the importance of democracy is an important part of their education. Taught sections in History and Citizenship particualrly focus on democracy both past and present. Throughout the Academies tutor programme listening to and learning from the opinions of others is embedded. Each tutor group has a form representative who feed in to a year council. Each year council apponts two representatives to sit on the Academy council. The Academy council sits regualrly with the Headteacher to discuss areas fo strength and areas for development.
The Academy also has a nominated Head Boy and Girl, who provide the "face" of the student body. Currently the Head boy and girl sit on the Wolverhampton Youth Council
- An appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety
Students fully understand the expectations of the Academy and the rewards and sanctions that apply across the school. They are taught the importance of the Academies values and the impact of these on our community. Through taught areas such as Citizenship they explore the importance of the law and the impact this has on keeping our country safe. Issues around the law and its application are explored during assemblies and the wider Academy Tutor programme
- An understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence
Through the Academy we continually focus on the importance of both indivudal rights and responsibilities. We encourage students to express their opinions in an acceptable way, taking in to account the impact that their thoughts can have on others. We work closely with a range of local public bodies including the police and the local authority to ensure that students are aware of the risks and expectations on their local community
"An understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law"
At Wednesfield Respect is one of our core values. We promote respect for one another at all levels use opportunities during lessons and the academies tutor programme to teach students the importance of respecting themselves and others. We support difference and diversity and recognise that we are all important as individuals. Particular focus areas include
Respect for Learning environment and culture.
Respect for one another’s opinions and building relationships.
Opportunity to share ideas and thoughts.
Through the taught curriculum: respect for other cultures, groups and sectors of society, poverty and wealth, disability, health and wellbeing
Rights and responsibilities, between adult and child, social inequality, discrimination, immigration, ethical topics.
Students learn to respect their opposition through playing competitive sport both within and outside of the academy.
Our academy behaviour for learning is also used to enforce our school values and ethos.
- An acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
- An understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination
The Academy consitently promotes the importance of tolerance. We are proud of the way that our community treats people of different religions and backgrounds. We ensure that our students are safe and happy. The key messages of the Governments PREVENT strategy are shared with both staff and students