At John Smeaton Academy, students leave school with an understanding of the political, legal and economic functions of adult society, and with the social and moral awareness to thrive in this society. Citizenship education is about enabling students to make their own decisions and to take responsibility for their own lives and their communities. Citizenship helps students to develop self-confidence and successfully deal with significant life changes and challenges. It gives them a voice, in the life of John Smeaton Academy, in their community and in society in general. It enables them to make a positive contribution by developing the expertise and experience needed to claim their rights and understand their responsibilities and prepare them for the challenge and opportunities of adult and working life in modern Britain.
The essential elements of Citizenship Education and the core principles of Modern British values include:
Knowledge and Understanding: about topics such as laws and rules, democracy, human rights, justice, freedom and the world as a global community.
Skills and Aptitudes: expressing opinions, taking part in discussions and debates, participating in community action.
Values and Dispositions: respect for justice and democracy, openness, tolerances for others and those with different faiths and beliefs, a willingness to listen to, work with and stand up for others.
As part of our approach to British Values, we take very seriously our public sector equality duty (s.149 of the Equality Act 2010) which requires us to have due regard of the need to:
- eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under that Act;
- advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it;
- foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.