At Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey we ensure that through our Academy vision, rules, curriculum and teaching we promote tolerance and respect for all cultures, faiths and lifestyles.
We have a duty to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and to keep them safe. We encourage our young people to take part in Academy life whether that is through Sports Day, Student Voice, Anti-Bullying programme or Humanutopia; a workshop which runs inspirational courses targeting hope, confidence, happiness, relationships and employability. Our young people have a chance to be part of a deomocracy and to celebrate diversity of the many cultures that exist. The curriculum, both academic and pastoral, taught at Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey provide our young people an opportunity to consider other views in a safe and respectful environment.
Further information can be found here: OAIOS FBV.
Being part of Britain
As an Academy, we value and celebrate the diverse heritage of everybody at Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey. Alongside this, we value and celebrate being part of Britain. In general terms, this means we celebrate traditions, such as customs in the course of the year; for example, harvest festival during the Autumn term; and what could be more British than going to see a Pantomime at Christmas! We also value and celebrate national events; the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, and through our involvement with the NCFA we were one of the first schools in the UK to have our playing fields linked with Messines in Belgium, the site of the Christmas Truce football match.
Students, parents and staff have many opportunities for their voices to be heard at Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey. Democracy is central to how we operate. An obvious example is our Student Voice. The election of the Student Voice members reflects our British electoral system and demonstrates democracy in action; candidates make speeches, students consider characteristics important for an elected representative, students vote in secret using ballot boxes etc. Made up of two representatives from each class the Student Voice meets regularly to discuss issues raised by different classes. This is further supported by the election of Community Representatives and Students Leaders across all Key Stages.
Rules and laws
The importance of rules and laws, whether they be those that govern our Academy or our country, are referred to and reinforced often, such as in assemblies and when reflecting on behaviour choices. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves, and the consequences when laws are broken. These values are reinforced in different ways:
- visits from authorities such as the police, RNLI and fire service
- during Religious Education, when rules for particular faiths are thought about
- during other school subjects, where there is respect and appreciation for different rules – in a sports lesson, for example
Alongside rules and laws, we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs. Through the provision of a safe, supportive environment and empowering education, we provide boundaries for our young pupils to make choices safely; for example:
- choices about what learning challenge or activity
- choices about how they record their learning
- choices around the participation in extra-curricular activities
Our students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are taught how to exercise these safely, such as in our e-safety and PHSE lessons.
Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Our pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have, and to everything, whether it is an Academy resource, a religious belief or whatever. Children learn that their behaviour choices have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the Academy community should treat each other with respect.
Specific examples of how we at Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey enhance pupils understanding and respect for different faiths and beliefs are:
- through Religious Education, PHSE, Citizenship, Mentoring and other lessons where we might develop awareness and appreciation of other cultures – in English through fiction and in Art by considering culture from other parts of the world
- Through gaining an understanding of global schools, for example our partnership with a school in Bangladesh.