At The Eastbourne Academy, we recognise the importance of preparing all of our students for their adult lives beyond the formal examined curriculum. Developing our students' Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development is the responsibility of each and every one of us. We do this by considering that an important aspect of preparation for adulthood is to promote and reinforce the Fundamental British Values (FBVs).
These values are very important to us here at The Eastbourne Academy as we are dedicated to promoting them within our community in order to establish a strong sense of social and moral responsibility.
We see British Values as underpinning what it is to be a citizen in a modern and diverse Britain. They allow us to create environments free from discrimination, intolerance and hate. They help us to challenge prejudice and stereotyping, whilst strengthening relationships.
As well as actively promoting these values to our students, we work hard to embed them into student work across all curriculum areas. This ensures our students understand the importance of respect, so they can leave the College fully prepared to live and work in modern Britain as responsible citizens.
Fundamental British Values are defined as the following:
Democracy: A culture built upon freedom and equality, where everyone is aware of their rights and responsibilities.
The rule of law: The need for rules to make a happy, safe and secure environment to live and work.
Individual liberty: Protection of your rights and the rights of others around you.
Mutual respect & tolerance of different faiths and beliefs: Understanding that we all don’t share the same beliefs and values. Respecting those values, ideas and beliefs of others whilst not imposing our own onto them.
Protected Characteristics The Eastbourne Academy
The Equality Act became law in 2010. It covers everyone in Britain and protects
people from discrimination, harassment and victimisation. Everyone in Britain is
protected. This is because the Equality Act protects people against discrimination
because of the protected characteristics that we all have. Under the Equality Act,
there are nine Protected Characteristics:
● Gender reassignment
● Religion or belief
● Marriage or civil partnership
● Sexual orientation
● Pregnancy and maternity
At The Eastbourne Academy, we actively promote these in our curriculum and work
to embed them into our ethos.
Votes for Schools
VotesforSchools is a weekly current affairs-based voting platform designed to engage young people in political and social issues. Through weekly discussion and voting, not only are voters learning about the world around them, but they are also becoming active citizens and preparing to participate in our democratic processes as adults.
Votes for Schools is part of our mentoring program and supports the development of British Values, SMSC and PSHE across the curriculum.