Promoting British Values at Joseph Swan Academy

At Joseph Swan Academy we believe in creating an environment “Where Everyone Can Shine”.  One of the primary ways we achieve this important ethos is by continuing to strive to promote the key areas of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development for our students.  We encourage pupils to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance.

These ideas are essentially reflected in fundamental British values, the values of democracy, the rule of law and individual liberty and the mutual respect and tolerance of those with varying beliefs and lifestyles.  Here at Joseph Swan Academy we actively promote British values by challenging opinions and behaviours which are contrary to those values and providing pupils with the tools to become thriving members of the community in Britain and the wider world.

Through the continued deliverance of high quality SMSC provision we provide our pupils with the following:

  • the ability to develop self-esteem and self-confidence;
  • the ability to distinguish right from wrong and have knowledge and respect for the laws of Britain;
  • a willingness to accept responsibility for their own actions and take initiative in contributing positively to their local community and society in general;
  • a broad knowledge of the public institutions and services in Britain;
  • the opportunity to learn about the importance of tolerance and respect for different cultural and religious traditions;
  • a respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process, and a respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in Britain.

Examples of how these aims are fulfilled at Joseph Swan Academy:


At Joseph Swan Academy we promote the importance of Democracy through:

  • Students being encouraged to take control of their own learning
  • A strong programme of student voice that impacts on key school decisions
  • Citizenship teaching focusing on the key elements of the democratic process in Britain

Individual Liberty

At Joseph Swan Academy we promote the importance of Individual Liberty through:

  • A strong and varied programme of extra-curricular activity
  • A curriculum which fosters independent enquiry
  • Encouraging students to develop and voice their opinions on a range of subjects in a constructive manner
  • By offering students a range of pathways regarding their academic progression

Rule of Law

At Joseph Swan Academy we promote the importance of the rule of law through:

  • A shared and consistent classroom code of conduct
  • A clear and consistent Attitudes to Learning policy is enforced by staff and high expectations of students are reinforced
  • Students are encouraged to be accountable for their own progress and behaviour
  • The ethos of where “Everyone can Shine” is consistently referred to and applied to all students.

Mutual Respect

At Joseph Swan Academy we promote the importance of mutual respect through:

  • The school ethos
  • Consistent application of high expectations of behaviour and conduct by staff and students throughout the school environment
  • A tutorial work programme which covers a range of topics concerning respecting others and oneself
  • The centrality of high quality SMSC provision in lessons and in whole school activities harbours a sense of respect for all people.


At Joseph Swan Academy we promote the importance of tolerance through:

  • Observance or recognition of a range of important days of faith through assembly programme and EPRE syllabus
  • A promotion and acceptance of the practices of all faiths by providing, for example, a multi-faith prayer room
  • EPRE which teaches the fundamentals of the main faiths of Britain and encourages understanding and acceptance of these.