Within each year group, Citizenship is designed to enhance the experience of students at WRC. The program incorporates a wide range of focus points which are closely linked to developing the: social; moral; spiritual and cultural needs of each individual. The SMSC and PSHE (Personal, Social, and Health Education) are incorporated into form time and derived by tutors on a fortnightly basis. Our students respect and embrace these programmes, and appreciate the core values and skills they are being taught. Wright Robinson College aims to enhance the achievement and respect of our students as well as developing British values through teaching concepts such as: democracy; religious tolerance; cultural diversity and appreciation of others.
Citizenship at Wright Robinson College is delivered during form time on a fortnightly basis. Furthermore, weekly assemblies are used to help promote charitable work, British Values and raise the aspirations of all students. The staff body at Wright Robinson College is committed to promoting British values and ensuring that lessons are varied and differentiated to include the SMSC development of all of our students.
Promoting British Values at Wright Robinson College
Wright Robinson College is committed to reinforcing key ‘British Values’ and promoting the community of East Manchester. Wright Robinson College recognises the multi-cultural and multi-faith nature of contemporary life in the United Kingdom and aims to educate students on the diverse nature of our society. The College understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation. It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of: faith; ethnicity; gender; sexuality and political or financial status. The government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools and has set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The five British Values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The examples that follow are an indication of some of the ways we embed British Values at Wright Robinson College and should be seen as an indication of our approach rather than an exhaustive list.
Wright Robinson College students have a voice. That voice is heard through regular Student Council meetings and correspondence with the Head Teacher. The Student Council is made up of students from all year groups, and members are selected through a ‘Form Time Voting System.’ The importance of parliamentary democracy is demonstrated through Prefects, Senior Prefects and Student Council members’ involvement in shaping the way the school is run.
The Rule of Law
Wright Robinson College consistently reinforces the importance of laws and rules, whether they govern a class, the school or the country. Laws and rules are also reinforced through year assemblies. Students are taught the values of laws and rules, the reasons behind them and the consequences that apply when they are broken. The school has an onsite Police Officer who is a regular speaker in lessons and assemblies. This vital addition to the staffing team helps reinforce British Laws to all of our students on a consistent basis.
Students are actively encouraged to think about and make good and right choices in their daily lives in and out of school. We provide students with a safe and secure environment that supports them in making the right choices via a balanced curriculum and exceptional behaviour policy. Students are encouraged get involved in a variety of extra-curricular and community activities. Students and staff work together for a large number of charitable causes throughout the year. These include providing food and clothing for the Manchester based homeless charities, ‘The Booth Centre’ and ‘Coffee 4 Craig’ initiatives located in the city centre.
Respect is at the core of our school ethos and is modelled by students and staff alike. The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning environments. The relationship between students and staff is demonstrated throughout the college, as well as through the wide range of extra-curricular trips that are organised by departments within the college. Respect is further demonstrated through the ‘Team Wright Robinson’ initiative, where students are encouraged to work together in order to succeed. Students take part in half-termly house competitions which focus on sporting and academic achievement. Each student is issued a ‘Team Wright Robinson’ badge, which they proudly wear as part of the school uniform. In addition to this, the ‘Team’ badge is displayed in all classrooms and on all corridors. Our school mission statement says that all students will have the ‘highest respect and pride for themselves, their college and their community’. ‘Team Wright Robinson’ allows students to fell a part of something special as well as feel safe in the knowledge they have the constant support and backing of their peers.
Tolerance of Others
The various churches and faith groups that call Britain home are all a key part of life at Wright Robinson College. We strive to improve our students’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity in school. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying are supported through a range of subjects, particularly through regular RE lessons.
Additional Citizenship at Wright Robinson College
Students are Wright Robinson College have a wide range of opportunities to explore citizenship through extracurricular activities such as Debate Mate. Additionally, Wright Robinson works with national charities such as ‘Safe DATE’ This agency offers free domestic violence seminars for year 8 student as well as providing confidential advise and services for any students who need such previsions. Safe DATE provide students with free access to online resources for anyone who may be affected by domestic violence. The college is committed to developing the Health, Emotional and Physical Wellbeing of our students. The college has founded important partnerships with agencies such as ORCS; an NHS charity who deliver sessions on providing emergency medical care to heart attack victims.