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Our Values and Intent

Our Intent:

 

Whole-Academy:

 

The Burton Academy supports the social, emotional, academic and vocational development of young people who are impacted by a range of traumatic life experiences. These experiences can reduce the capacity of children to recognise and make use of opportunities and can prevent children from growing into adults who are able to meet their own and other people’s needs.

 

The Burton Academy uses the advantages of a smaller setting and a high staff to student ratio to ensure that every student has a good place to learn, good people to learn from and a strong sense of purpose which reflects their own skills, needs and interests.

 

Delivering this vision means overcoming obstacles which other children do not face; this means that the academy will sometimes make adaptations to the learning experience and environment which deviate from the mainstream model. We recognise, however, that we must enable students to become adults who can adapt to the demands and expectations of the wider society; for that reason, we will apply the best elements of the mainstream model, as they relate to boundary-setting and behavioural expectations, curriculum design and student outcomes.

 

Curriculum:

 

The Burton Academy will offer every student an ambitious curriculum, within which they will access a personalised pathway designed to help them become independent and resilient learners. We will instill in every student a strong sense of purpose within their academic and vocational studies, working towards individualised destination goals. Throughout their educational journey at the Burton Academy, students will be supported by a staff team who are actively engaged in the professional development required to become the best educational practitioners they can be. Our classroom teachers will use their strong subject and pedagogical knowledge to design and deliver lessons which stretch and challenge all learners, leading to our students making consistently good progress and gaining the qualifications necessary to move onto their next stage of education, employment or training.

 

Personal Development:

 

The Burton Academy recognises that students come to us with a myriad of challenges that include failure to succeed in mainstream education: crime, drugs, lack of family support and the pressures of materialism, the media and 24-hour social networking.

 

To counter these challenges, staff at the Burton Academy will work with students, families and outside agencies to prepare students for a successful life in modern Britain by providing opportunities beyond the academic curriculum, that can offer students an understanding of who they are and who they can become; they will be given the tools to become active, responsible and employable citizens who:

 
  • understand healthy relationships

  • can recognise risks to their wellbeing

  • use technology appropriately

  • celebrate diversity

  • tolerate difference

  • promote equality for all

  • understand British values

 

Behaviour and Attitudes:

 

The academy promotes a culture in which a rigorous foundation of structure is underpinned by targeted strategies for nurture. We aim to create a positive, respectful learning environment that is safe and calm and which will develop and enhance our students’ capacity to participate in the wider society, as well as enabling their academic and vocational success. 

 

The academy endeavours to respond to immediate needs and future demands concurrently: this means that we will always support the child we encounter in this moment, without losing sight of the need to prepare the adult of the future for life’s challenges.

 

“What’s the CRAIC?"

 

At the Burton Academy, every moment is a “teaching moment”, an opportunity to model our 5 core character values. These are:

 

COURAGE

 

Our future selves need to be resilient people, able to participate in (and learn from) new experiences, even when these come with a risk of disappointment or failure.

 

“Ever tried? Ever failed? 

No matter. 

Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” 

 

Samuel Beckett

 

 

RESPONSIBILITY

 

The world needs adults who are willing to accept responsibility for the people and places around them. Our future selves will not always expect other people to provide the resources that we need; we will first begin by looking to ourselves, and we will always value answers more than excuses.

 

“Follow the three R’s: respect for yourself, respect for others and responsibility for all your actions.”

 

The Dalai Lama

 

 

ASPIRATION

 

A better world begins with our ability to imagine it. 

 

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

 

Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

INTEGRITY

 

Integrity is doing the right thing even when nobody’s watching. Our future selves will always try to do what is right, rather than what is easy.

 

“I’ve learned many things in my life. What never fails is integrity, consistency and loyalty.”

 

Bahiyah Shabazz

 

 

COMRADESHIP

 

Comradeship is bigger than friendship. It means understanding that we are stronger when we stand together; 

it means being loyal to something larger than yourself.

 

“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”

 

Oprah Winfrey

 

 

Implementation: 

We go beyond ...

 

We prepare students for a successful life in modern Britain by providing opportunities beyond the academic curriculum, that can offer students an understanding of who they are and who they can become; they will be given the tools to become active, responsible and employable citizens who:

 
  • understand healthy relationships

  • can recognise risks to their wellbeing

  • use technology appropriately

  • celebrate diversity

  • tolerate difference

  • promote equality for all

  • understand British values

 

Our 5 character values are embedded within every aspect of our work together. You will find links to them within our:

 

  • Code of Conduct and expectations for behaviour

  • short, medium and long-term Iesson planning

  • individual student targets and progress reports

  • our staff Performance Management and CPD cycle

  • approach to student, staff, parent and community meetings

 

More importantly, the 5 character values affect every interaction between every member of our community, every day.

 
  • If you see somebody demonstrating their commitment to a character value, we encourage you to celebrate it, by speaking out and saying so: 

 

“I see and I celebrate your commitment to courage. Thank you.”

 
  • If you see somebody ignoring a character value, we ask you to call it out by saying so: 

 

“I’d like to make a stand for integrity, please.” 

 

We understand that none of us are born with these values; we learn them by practicing with the people we care about. For that reason, we provide students with an ongoing series of opportunities to rehearse these qualities in a safe way, with safe partners. This includes:

 
  • specific and focused tasks within lessons

  • outdoor and off-site education

  • reward activities which challenge and stretch students

  • participation in our Student Council

  • opportunities to work alongside and learn from business owners and employers (via work experience, regular meetings with Careers SouthWest and the “Focus Five” initiative)

  • extra-curricular activities, including completion of the Duke of Edinburgh Award and the Student Activity Passport

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