Promoting British Values at OEA Education

The school’s mission sums up our commitment to the core values of equality and respect for all. At OEA Education we promote British values in a variety of ways. These values are taught explicitly through our PSHE curriculum.

The examples that follow are an indication of some of the ways we embed British values at OEA Education and should be seen as an indication of our approach rather than an exhaustive list.


OEA Education students have a voice. That voice is heard through regular Student Council meetings. The importance of parliamentary democracy is demonstrated in publicly held elections of Student Councillors which include nominations, canvassing and voting. Students are also involved in the recruitment process for some members of staff. Our students learn our island’s story – and where our freedoms and things like our Parliament and constitutional monarchy came from.

Upholding the Law

OEA Education 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 links with the coastguard, police and the local lifeboat crews.

Tolerance of Others

The various churches and faith groups that call Britain home are all a key part of the Religious Education within the school. We strive to improve our students’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity in school.

Individual Liberty

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. Students are encouraged to 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.

Pupils are encouraged to participate in leadership opportunities including taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

Mutual respect

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. Our school ethos and behaviour policy revolves around Core Values: Tolerance, Honesty, Initiative, Nurture and Knowledge.  Students are part of discussions related to what these mean and how they are demonstrated. Our ethos promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our behaviour policy.

Expectations for All Students

Students will:

  • Treat everyone with respect
  • Be punctual to all lessons
  • Bring all relevant equipment to lessons
  • Work to the best of their ability

Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum from the concept of ‘fair play’ in PE.