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Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy

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Curriculum

PHSE (ECM), SMSC and British Values

Our ECM (Every Child Matters) PHSE Curriculum is followed by years 7-11. Each form has three 20 minutes dedicated ECM sessions during morning form time whereby they cover a range of topics linked to the 5 strands of the ECM Agenda. The 6 school terms are divided up into different strands of the ECM agenda which allows students to learn about topics linked to the following strands;

  • Making a Positive Contribution
  • Stay safe
  • Achieving Economic Wellbeing
  • ‘Be Healthy’
  • Community Cohesion
  • Enjoy and Achieve

Students spend four weeks working on schemes of work with these topics and have one week of ‘Academic Mentoring’ whereby they set targets based on ATL scores, attendance, punctuality, and attainment. Students discuss these one to one with their form tutor to ensure that SMART targets are set and reviewed each half term.

Every half term at OBA we have a full day dedicated to the ECM agenda. On this day students come off their normal timetables and take part in a variety of activities related to the specific strands in focus.

SMSC

At OBA we feel it is vital to help nurture and develop the whole student in order to equip them with the skills, knowledge, resilience, and compassion that they will need for life beyond the classroom. SMSC is carefully considered and addressed not only in the ECM Curriculum but also across all departments in the planning and delivery of lessons throughout the school.

Spiritual :

Pupils’ spiritual development is shown by their:

  • Ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values
  • Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
  • Use of imagination and creativity in their learning willingness to reflect on their experiences

Moral:

Pupils’ moral development is shown by their:

  • Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to readily apply this understanding in their own lives, recognise legal boundaries and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • Understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions
  • Interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues

Social

Pupils’ social development is shown by their:

  • Use of a range of social skills in different contexts, for
  • Use of a range of social skills in different contexts, for example working and socialising with other pupils, including those from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
  • Acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; they develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain

Cultural

Pupils’ cultural development is shown by their:

  • Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others
  • Understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
  • Knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain
  • Willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities
  • Interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities

Cultural

Pupils’ cultural development is shown by their:

  • Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others
  • Understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
  • Knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain
  • Willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities
  • Interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities

British Values

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British Values information:

At Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare our students for life in modern Britain. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed, taught and lived out through our Academy. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering students understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our ECM curriculum provides excellent opportunities to deepen and develop an appreciation of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and mutual respect.
Students embrace these concepts with enthusiasm and demonstrate a good understanding of their application to their own lives. The academy makes considerable efforts to ensure students have exposure to a wide range of experiences beyond the school environment during which these concepts are shown.

Democracy

OBA students engage in the democratic process by electing their student council representatives each year. Through the student council, every child has a voice which is heard. This voice is heard through Student Parliament meetings and termly student voice surveys. Through a broad and varied curriculum, students learn about how Britain has evolved into the society as we know it today.

The rule of law

At OBA we consistently reinforce the importance of laws and rules, whether they govern a class, the school or the country. Students are taught the values of laws and rules, the reasons behind them and the consequences that apply when they are broken. The school has links with many external agencies related to the law and has an onsite Community Support Officer fostering positive relationships with our students and the wider community. The schools compete in a Magistrates Court Competition annually which is ran by Mrs Jarvis

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

We strive to improve our students understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society. Students are offered a wide range of opportunities to experience such diversity in school through the ECM curriculum which focusses on current affairs, ECM days and extra-curricular and curricular trips and visits.

Individual Liberty

Our students are provided with a safe environment which allows them to think about and make informed choices in their lives both in and out of school. The extensive enrichment programme encourages students to be involved in a range of school and community-based activities of their choice. The enrichment ethos of ‘Lucere Aude’ ‘Dare to shine’ challenges all students to contribute positively in school and within the wider community in order to develop the skills to become effective British citizens.

Mutual respect

Mutual respect is central to our school. Respect for staff, students and peers is evident throughout the school environment. Respect is upheld within classrooms and students are encouraged to share their views as well as listen to others points of views. Students are given responsibility to help and support each other, working together to ensure all students achieve their personal best.