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British Values

Oak View School promotes British values throughout the year. These values are: 

Rule of Law 
Individual Liberty 
Mutual Respect 
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

Pupils experience and learn about these values in ways suitable to them.


It is important that pupils understand about fairness in decision making.

We have a strong pupil voice (see Pupil Voice) and pupils are given many opportunities to join in with decision making in class and in the whole school, such as choosing the school Christmas play and choosing activities. 

The school council has been relaunched with a greater emphasis on inclusion, so that all pupil of all abilities have their voice heard at school.

Rule of Law 
Rules play a big part in the school day. Some pupils are learning to follow simple rules and join imn with rules making to understand the need for rules learning.

We have behaviour systems in place (Essex Steps and 5Ps), which are comprehensive and tailored to each pupil. Through these systems, pupil experience and understand the rules of the school and social rules. See behaviour strategies

Staff and parents work together to develop behaviour plans for pupils who need support and all staff work consistently in implementing plans. 

More able pupil understand the rules of society through leson activities and community visits.  For example,. learning about 'people who help us' (police, fire service, etc).

Individual Liberty

Pupils are encouraged to make choices, such as joining clubs and choosing activities. We give pupils opportunities to extend their experiences and take risks in a safe and supporting environment. This gives them confidence and encourages independence. 

Independence is at the core of learning and preparing pupils for the adulthood. Pupils learn that they can have control of their lives in small ways (making simple choices) and in big ways (deciding how they want to live as adults. 

Much of the work with pupils becomes part fo the EHC plans. 

Mutual Respect 
Respect is encouraged and modelled throughout every day. Lessons, activities and assemblies support this understanding.

The pupils have links with the community and local Church which develops their respect for others in the wider community.

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

Oak View celebrate different faiths and beliefs through assemblies and other activities. Last year we celebrated Diwali, Chinese New Year and Eid. Pupils learn about other cultures and religions through the curriculum (eg: Magic Carpet.)

  • ‘very impressed with the school’s clear sense of purpose in preparing its students for life after school. ’

    ASD report Dec 2017

  • ‘Pupils' relationships with adults are excellent, and they learn respect and appropriate behaviour from the staff. Pupils are accepting of each other’s varying needs, and show pleasure in each other’s successes.’

    Ofsted report


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