British Values

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We actively encourage and promote British values at Chatham Grammar and firmly believe that all students should embrace and outwardly demonstrate the values of honesty, loyalty, integrity, respect and democracy, regardless of their nationality, culture or religious beliefs.  We immerse and offer our students access to learning about spiritual, moral, social and cultural education through our Personal and Professional Development Programme, Ethics, Assemblies and Tutor time.

We strongly believe students should not merely be taught British values but that they are embedded into Academy life and are the foundations for how we interact, learn, communicate and work together as a wider community.  Our innovative approach ensures that British values are core to the Academy’s ethos of inclusivity and are accessible to all students at Chatham Grammar . 

Through our bespoke Personal and Professional Development (PPD) curriculum we focus on personal values and identity in Phase One. Students look at what helps form their own identity and what people consider as being typically British. Students learn that Britain is a diverse nation full of a variety of ethnicities, cultures and beliefs.

In Phase Two, Year 9 students focus on diversity, prejudice, discrimination, self-image and assertiveness. In Year 10 we look at issues that are linked to various different cultures within Britain, such as; domestic violence, forced marriages, extremism and female genital mutilation. In Year 11 this spiralled curriculum approach allows students to develop their prior knowledge with further learning about: Diversity, discrimination, conflicting values and challenging and offensive behaviour.

In RE and Ethics we look at the rule of law and how this may be contrasted with religious rules or moral precepts. For example, in an exploration of the idea of rules generally, children may consider why we all have to follow civic law and the impact this has on our lives. 

We also explore the idea of individual liberty by studying non-Christian faiths in the UK and how the idea of freedom of religion may arise as part of the rights of an individual. 

We address the issue of mutual respect across the phases in RE and Ethics lessons through case studies, religious teachings and ethical debates. Pupils hear stories of people who have taken particular actions because of their beliefs - actions that have been about equal treatment and respect for those who are, for example, black, female, or who have  different religious beliefs from the majority, such as Martin Luther King or Malala Yousafzi. 

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