Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

British Values

In November 2014, Lord Nash said: “We want every school to promote the basic British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs.”

The government has set out seven areas for schools to implement. At Oasis Academy Johanna, we address these in abundance!

Here are some examples:

Enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence

What we do at OAJ:

  • Class assemblies and performances
  • Children attend target setting meetings with parents
  • Children assess their own work – they mark an LI box
  • Oracy session every week
  • Gold stickers, ‘Nice letters’ and certificates are awarded
  • Children’s work is displayed.

Enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England

What we do at OAJ:

  • We have a clear ethos of respect
  • Class rules agreed at beginning of the year and referred to throughout
  • Rewards and sanctions consistent across school
  • We teach RE and PSHE following our school ethos
  • Where needed, individual behaviour agreements are drawn up
  • We challenge all racism, homophobia, sexist and body shaming remarks.

Encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely

What we do at OAJ:

  • Children have jobs and share responsibilities in class
  • There is an expectation for all to collect, put away equipment
  • Opportunities to hold representative positions as: Eco Warriors, School Council, Music Captains, Prefects and Playground Pals
  • We learn about and raise money for our partner hub in South Africa
  • Each year we take part in the International Day of the Girl and the group initiates follow on activities
  • We take part in activities to raise money for charity – Macmillan, Comic Relief and Children in Need
  • Sell poppies for Remembrance Day
  • Soft Play Crew – four children have formed their own action group to raise money for soft play.

Enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England

What we do at OAJ:

  • Visit the fire station and teach fire safety
  • Police officers, fire marshals visit the school and lead assemblies
  • Transport for London give talks here and at Waterloo Station about transport services
  • Children visit museums and art galleries
  • Children visit and perform at Royal Festival Hall annually.

Further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures

What we do at OAJ:

  • Black History celebrated annually
  • Songs from home traditions valued and learnt
  • Books and resources reflect many cultures
  • Families encouraged to share food, experiences throughout year through topics and social events
  • Highlight of the year is our annual carnival!

Encourage respect for other people

What we do at OAJ:

  • Annual Grandparents lunch
  • Collect food and clothing at harvest, and throughout the year for foodbank and refugees
  • Respect workshops in Year Six
  • Buddy reading and activities
  • Good manners are modelled by all staff and expected!

Encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.

What we do at OAJ:

  • Children learn how to vote for representatives
  • Candidates write and present manifestos for school council elections
  • Prefects write letters of applications in response to a job description
  • Pupils make class decisions, understand majority rule, and learn to accept losing!
  • Pupils know how to have their voice heard
  • Pupils challenge and report unacceptable behaviour.