PSHE and British Values
At Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey we provide an education that allows our young people to explore and develop their values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal conduct, a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and to celebrate the diversity of other cultures.
The ethos of Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey is rooted in Christian-based values, which include valuing everyone and respecting the beliefs and practices of others. We promote Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education and British values throughout the curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities to develop caring, respectful and responsive students ready to participate in modern Britain.
What We Teach and Right to Withdraw
Our ‘General Studies’ / PSHE curriculums cover a wide range of topics that are important in educating our young people about the world around them and how society works. We teach a variety of topics that are both important in creating well rounded young people but equally are a legal requirement set out by government - for more information click here.
Some of the topics we cover are below.
- Physical Health & Mental Well-Being
- Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
- British Values
Students are timetabled sixty minutes a week for ‘General Studies’ in which our PSHE curriculum is delivered. Lessons focus on the above themes and these are delivered by our teaching staff in an age appropriate way. The resources we use are either created internally by our PSHE coordinator or delivered using DfE approved organisations such as The PSHE Association.
We believe that educating our students on the aspects above are important in ensuring they become global citizens.
Right to Withdraw from Sex Education
Parents have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from some or all of sex education delivered as part of statutory Relationship and Sex Education (RSE).
The Assistant Principal will always seek to discuss this decision with parents, with a view to sharing the educational objectives of this curriculum and any potential detrimental effects that withdrawal might have on the child. In this way, parents can make an informed decision.
Where parents have requested that their child is withdrawn, their right must be respected, and where RSE is integrated in the curriculum, the school will discuss the arrangements with the parents to explore how the child’s withdrawal can be best accommodated.
Requests to withdraw your child from this aspect of the curriculum must be provided in writing and delivered to the academy. Please use this document here to help with your request.
More information of the right to withdraw can be found here
If you have any further questions or queries please contact the school via firstname.lastname@example.org
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 aim to teach our students to develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes, which allow them to participate fully and contribute positively to life in modern Britain. We encourage our young people to take part in Academy life whether that is sports and extra-curricular activities, anti-bullying programme and peer mentoring or student leadership. 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.
British Values are promoted through the curriculum, through everyday activities and through the interaction of all members of the academy community. These are examples of the ways we experience British Values at Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey.
We have an elected Student Leadership team. This is used as an opportunity to promote and teach about democracy and the electoral process.
We encourage volunteerism in and out of school. This includes responsibilities such as subject ambassadors, head girl and boy, house captains and prefects.
Democracy is promoted through focused PSHE lessons and assemblies.
The Academy is involved in the local youth parliament.
The Rule of Law
We have high expectations about student conduct and this is reflected in our S.H.E.P.P.E.Y values and behaviour policy. Students are taught our expectations and rewarded for the consistent demonstration of them.
Academy rules are constantly updates and adapted to circumstances.
Rules are displayed in classrooms and around the academy.
The rule of law is promoted through focused PSHE lessons and assemblies.
We work with our local police / PCSO to provide opportunities for school visits that enable our student to learn about their role in society.
Students are actively encouraged to make choices at our Academy, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
As an Academy, we provide boundaries for our students to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum. Students are taught they are responsible for their own behaviour and that they have rights and responsibilities.
Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedom and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E:Safety teaching, PSHE curriculum and assemblies
Students are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs, volunteering for leadership responsibilities and participating in competitions.
Our students are encouraged to participate in sports events to help build their skills and have experienced the taste of success through hard work, resilience and perseverance.
Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Part of Oasis ethos and behaviour policy is based around core Christian values such as 'respect' and 'responsibility' these values determine how we live as a community.
The Oasis 9Habits are used to promote the development of personal characteristics.
We have students from a range of nationalities and cultures, but our catchment is predominantly white British, so it is essential that we widen student’s understanding of the diverse cultural and multi faith society in which we live. This is an ongoing area of focus for our Academy. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in PSHE and other curriculum areas.
British festivals are observed alongside festivals of other faiths.
Remembrance Day is observed annually with the full participation of all members of the school community following on from individual class preparations for all Students.