Our Values and Ethos Underlying everything we do at Bensham

Democracy

  • The school and curriculum provides pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services
  • We teach pupils how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process. Through PSHE pupils are taught about the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and how it works in Britain.
  • Pupils are encouraged to become involved in decision-making processes and the school ensures that they are listened to in school e.g. school council, tutor group and Year group meetings etc.
  • The School is in the process of organising visits to the local council and Parliament.
  • The school holds elections for the School council during which the pupils learn how to express, argue and defend points of view.
  • Pupils are taught how public services operate and how they are held to account.
  • The school curriculum and ethos also teaches pupils how we can peacefully challenge perceived injustice.

Rule of Law

As a School we ensure that the school rules and expectations are clear and fair. The school’s ethos and curriculum play a significant role in helping the pupils:-

  • To distinguish right from wrong and to respect the law and the basis on which it is made.
  • To understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals.
  • Through police visits to school via both assemblies and curriculum activities.
  • Through pupils being taught about both civil and criminal law; in addition, we look at how this may differ from some religious laws.

Individual Liberty

Through the school ethos and curriculum we:

  • Support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights.
  • Model freedom of speech through pupil participation, while ensuring protection of vulnerable pupils and promoting critical analysis of evidence.
  • Challenge stereotypes
  • Implement a strong anti-bullying culture

Respect and Tolerance

Through the school ethos and curriculum we:

  • Promote respect for individual difference.
  • Help pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life.
  • Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
  • Organise visits to places of worship
  • Develop links with faith communities
  • Develop critical personal thinking skills
  • Discuss differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations, such as looked-after children or young carers.