Preparing pupils for life in modern Britain
The school prepares pupils for life in modern Britain effectively, developing their understanding of the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, tolerance, and respect. Throughout personal development students look at the following topics: UK democracy, Role of UK Parliament, Rules, laws, courts & Police, Public institutions & voluntary groups, Human Rights, and Identity. The sessions are designed to link with world religions enhancing understanding of different faiths and beliefs.
Charlton encourages respect for democracy by democratically electing school Student Senior Leadership teams. We have Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputies, House Leaders and many more positions for student’s voice throughout the school. Members from each tutor group are also elected to the Charlton school Council. Elected members represent student voice at regular Student Council meetings. The student leadership team is very well established and provides opportunities for students of all ages to represent their peers. Students also take part in mock elections, most recently casting their vote on the national election after taking part in sessions designed to explain the campaign for each political party. Pupils vote on various school decisions, regularly complete questionnaires, and put forward their views. We promote a listen and respond culture where every voice is valued.
The rule of law
Behaviour. Relationships between staff and students are based on our core values: respect, responsibility and resilience. Clearly stated standards of behaviour are to be upheld by all.
As part of the Personal Development programme, assemblies and within form time pupils are taught the value and reasons behind law. This includes the understanding of school rules and responsibilities, rewards, and consequences. Each year during the first tutor session students take part in an activity to help them understand ‘Charlton Expects’, through debate they work to understand the reasons behind the rules we have at school and therefore develop and understanding of the reasoning behind each rule and why it is important that we follow rules as a school community. We have excellent links with the local communities and authorities who help to re-enforce this message through presentations during curriculum enhancement days. The rule of law is also explored through the History Curriculum at KS3 and KS4, through PSHEE in Y7 to Y11 and Citizenship.
Celebrating success. We celebrate success at all levels. Students are encouraged to apply a growth mindset to both their academic and personal progress.
Pupils are always encouraged to make individual choices and are encouraged to work in teams as well as identifying with the whole school community through our #teamblue hashtag. The school has a robust Anti-Bullying policy and a culture in which everybody plays their role in reducing bullying. Where issues are identified students are encouraged to develop their understanding and skills for example the Jon Egging trust have been working with targeted intervention groups of Y8 student tolerance and respect. Plans are in place for Y7 and Y9 to follow this programme. Y11 students have the opportunity to attend a boxing intervention to improve self-confidence, tolerance, and teamwork. Universal coverage is delivered through PSHEE and Citizenship.
Pupils are taught about respect and about caring for themselves and others as part of the Personal Development programme. Pupils treat each other with respect and regularly create fundraising opportunities for a variety of local and national charitable organisations. Within PSHE lesson students explore how to respect each other as well as themselves; pupils are taught how to respect other religions, cultures, genders, ethnicities, beliefs, and sexual preferences. Our pupils are taught about protected characteristics and how to ensure they are respected and observed in their day-to-day life. Our pupils are taught how to be responsible, respectful and resilient individuals, they are encouraged to respect the diversity within our community and culture, and to treat everyone equally. They learn about respectful relationships in an age appropriate manner in RSE. Opportunities such as the Young Citizen ‘making a difference from home’ project provides activities to broaden their wider thinking alongside the environmental action group and house activities to provide food and toiletries for the local food bank.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Belonging. We celebrate our differences and show respect for our community. Students understand and develop their role as active and responsible citizens and are equipped with the skills to challenge discrimination.
As part of the Religious Education curriculum tolerance and acceptance of other faiths and cultures is discussed, debated, and encouraged at KS3. Students’ understanding of the issues surrounding equality and the protected characteristics are developed through both the taught curriculum and co-curricular opportunities such as Diversity Day LGBTQ+ Focus, the ‘Gsus’ bus for all Y7 and Y8. There are also opportunities for students to seek further opportunities such as the Multifaith discussion group and the Equality student voice group within the student leadership structure.
The RE curriculum aims to inspire students to become well rounded and informed citizens who think critically about the world around them. The purpose of the study of RE is to develop students’ sense of identity, understand their place in the world and how and why societies and groups of people differ. By doing this, students will develop a tolerance and a world view that will provide a foundation not just for their religious studies but also for their wider lives. Students finish KS3 with a broad knowledge of the six main world religions (Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Christianity, and Judaism) an example programme of study for Sikhism in Y7 is a 6 week unit which covers Nanak, the Mul Mantra, the Five K’s, the Guru Granth Sahib, the Gurdwara, the Golden Temple.
Students use a range of skills that will enhance their understanding of the world view and decision making of individuals and societies. A strong emphasis is always placed on understanding and respecting the opinions, beliefs, and traditions of others.