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12/05/21

Retweeted From RBA School Gardening

We had a serious amount of soil to shift today - but they did it! Both raised beds are now full and one is planted with potatoes. More new recruits have arrived and everyone was happy to take home a tomatoe plant to nurture 🍅 https://t.co/v3WiLcEElh

12/05/21

Retweeted From RBA_RE

Great to see Year8 using iPads to vote in assemblies. Student voice in action! ❤️💡🤝💬 https://t.co/fWscfPVCcB

10/05/21

Retweeted From RBA_RE

JLT all setup (socially distanced) ready to interview our candidates. Young professionals/leaders! 🤝❤️💡💬 https://t.co/dFkTPezXTV

10/05/21

Retweeted From RBA_RE

Head Boy & Head Girl making an early start greeting guests. Giving them an RBA welcome!❤️💡💬🤝 https://t.co/0411giKd4z

10/05/21

Retweeted From RBA_RE

So proud of JLT being young professionals touring visitors around ❤️🤝💬💡 https://t.co/UjP5Tzr8RX

06/05/21

Year 7s developing their ⁦⁩ knowledge on Judaism using ⁦⁩ iPad https://t.co/4ALW6aZOMD

04/05/21

Retweeted From East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals' Charity

For International Day of the Midwife on 5 May, we're asking if you want to tell a particular midwife how grateful you are for their support or say thank you to the team at Lister? Visit https://t.co/kf2OvfecCJ, where you can also make a donation, if you wish 💙 https://t.co/UXWHKO2oPF

04/05/21

Retweeted From Robert Barclay PE

Any Yr9/10 girls looking to join a team. See details below ⚽️🏃🏻‍♀️ https://t.co/SIHVfZAZY1

29/04/21

Year 9s using their new iPads to view graphs and find the gradient of a line https://t.co/PdwNYcLxx2

29/04/21

Retweeted From RBA_RE

JLT were superb tonight in our meeting! Ensuring that every students voice is heard. ♥️🤝💡💬

23/04/21

Retweeted From Miss H Burlton

Celebration of day 2 was a success, the year 9’s loved the escape room and the year 12 geographers just couldn’t resist getting involved too. https://t.co/e89MacGLJ4

22/04/21

Retweeted From Rav

This week the Professional Development Team led our Literature for Learning session. We want to keep pedagogy & sharing of good practice at the forefront of our CPD . The areas of focus are: Cultural Capital, Literacy, Rosenshine’s Principles & using Teach in the classroom https://t.co/KkhPXqUnUo

22/04/21

Retweeted From RBA School Gardening

Our boat has moored up to make a fabulous feature. The last of the plants went in - we will have to wait for full visual impact. 'Mal's Landscapes' have generously built us two raised beds for our veggies. We also have a new recruit! Gardening is flourishing https://t.co/Ar4vP2E3eo

21/04/21

Well done! You set your goal from an early age, you believed in yourself and most importantly you worked extremely hard to get there. Well done!

21/04/21

Retweeted From Miss H Burlton

Earth day escape room had been a hit with our yr7’s and 8’s today! They have loved the activities and finding out information about such an important day! Looking forward to tomorrow when the next classes take part. https://t.co/Y67uimpYXs

21/04/21

Retweeted From Children's Commissioner for England

We're launching with ! We want as many children as possible to take part and get their voice heard, so we can tell Government what children really think to make their lives happier. https://t.co/Watf22oNxh https://t.co/5Oi2SozlIu

20/04/21

Yes, we are!

19/04/21

Retweeted From Ms Melhuish

first athletics club of the year (and in a long time) and what great weather for it 😎🏅 https://t.co/h5ccBoSG5B

19/04/21

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

We are hiring! Leadership and teaching opportunities across the Trust, including new vacancy Assistant Headteacher. Join a trust with excellent CPD opportunities, Apply now https://t.co/MBt1xAIuKO https://t.co/ocOP7xK2pc

18/04/21

Retweeted From Val Tatum

Yesterday my two year old granddaughter went to the library with her mum for the first time since it reopened. She’s too little to remember going before lockdown. She thought she’d died and gone to heaven. A place “with all the books in the world, nanny. “ 😍

14/04/21

Retweeted From RBA School Gardening

The kids shifted half of the wood chippings tonight and it has already lifted the look of the sensory area. 'Mal's Landscapes' dropped by so of course we got Mal to work....what a legend! https://t.co/CJ9bcUjPwL

14/04/21

Retweeted From RBA School Gardening

Digging out the turf for two veg plots has been slow and painful work for gardening club....until 'Mal's Landscapes' turns up and does the job in five minutes flat! 👏 https://t.co/pjBl638CAr

14/04/21

Retweeted From @rbalanguages

Superb engagement with Spanish using our new ipads https://t.co/nhIYmyS2Wl

12/04/21

Retweeted From RBA School Gardening

Blue sky thinking. Mrs Barlow and Mr Cook have nearly got the first coat on. There's also a rumour that a little boat is floating its way towards our garden...who needs a bench when you can have a boat? https://t.co/Yueq9GZlsr

12/04/21

It’s staff INSET day today so we look forward to welcoming our students back tomorrow

09/04/21

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. https://t.co/el6mYhPyb6

03/04/21

Retweeted From RBA Performing Arts

Can't wait to get to Theatre Trips! https://t.co/I81FQj19WT

30/03/21

Year 13s topping up their Psychology knowledge and skills https://t.co/zBSHJ0tL7Q

26/03/21

Retweeted From RBA School Gardening

A seaside theme is emerging after we experimented with tester paints - blue deckchair stripes the current favourite! Most plants are in now; almost ready for the wood chippings which will make it very low maintenance 👍. Two small veg beds are also in the making https://t.co/q95aBrG8gg

26/03/21

Year 12s engaging in their debating lesson as part of sixth form core skills led by ⁦⁩ . https://t.co/8fNHmgpLiL

25/03/21

Retweeted From RBA_RE

My class have just gone to lunch, but... what a lovely experience of mixed learning using iPads to enhance RE ! Looking at symbolism & Martin Luther King. https://t.co/ZBDzI4QhE2

23/03/21

Retweeted From Ms Melhuish

I am so pleased to announce that we at have raised an amazing £373 for Red Nose Day! To which we received this Thank You video https://t.co/KnCp3wl7ZH via

19/03/21

Retweeted From George C

Year 7s using their new iPads to learn about the structure of the earth and geology of the U.K 🌎 They loved looking at earthquakes as they happened on https://t.co/ckbeyMSYvo

19/03/21

Retweeted From Rav

Students have been feeding back on how much they are enjoying having their iPads . Looking forward to this journey continuing! https://t.co/Yhgl33jtuw

19/03/21

Retweeted From George C

Our journey begins! Excited to continue developing and improving student education through iPads. Year 7 and 8s loved using them today🌎 https://t.co/QTgsY91Quw

19/03/21

A great week rolling out the iPads for year 8 & 9. Even better to see how is allowing us to make lessons more interactive! https://t.co/H6w26YuN6U

18/03/21

Retweeted From RBA School Gardening

We've added a little bit of colour and lavender scent to the entrance of the LSC 🌻. We also dug through rocks, roots and ravenous ants to make planting holes for our sensory plants. It was great to be back 😊; looking forward to full gardening club return https://t.co/32MJWcT98p

18/03/21

Retweeted From RBA_RE

JLT as part of the iPad role out questioning the deputy headteacher. https://t.co/62kXvYGCqw

17/03/21

Retweeted From Rav

It was great to be able to hand out the iPads this morning to Year 8! Enhancing T&L through the use of technology is going to be exciting! https://t.co/KmSN0gSzoc

17/03/21

Our journey to becoming an school continues, with Year 8 receiving their iPads this morning. Mr Draine and Mr Hehir helping to lead a session on how to set up core apps, on the ipad. https://t.co/mUngYa0FBC

Citizenship, SMSC, British Values and PSHE

Citizenship

In order to support the school’s values (ACE) and vision of preparing students to become developed and responsible members of society, we give them the opportunity to explore the issues that are important to them and our students are often involved with a wide range of initiatives. Whether they are campaigning against a specific issue, raising funds or spreading awareness for a charity or leading ‘in-school’ initiatives that are for the benefit of the other students, we are always willing to support them in whatever way that we can.

Work experience is enjoyed by students in Year 10 enabling them to work in a variety of trades both locally and in London.

Opportunities for students to develop as leaders are strongly encouraged and play an importan part of the education here at RBA. As soon as students join the school as they are able to take on the role of Form Representative, be a member of the Junior Leadership Team, take part on interview panels and join the Library Leaders.

As they progress through the school, students can also train as Well Being Ambassadors, be elected House Captains and Prefects and when they enter the Sixth Form they have the opportunity to be trained as Mentors and Counsellors.

As part of our focus on the local and wider communities students are encouraged to get involved with local and national issues. We are actively support Friends of Barclay Park and work very closely with the Broxbourne District Council to help with local events such as the Primary School Run Around, Remembrance Day and Holocaust Memorial Day.

SMSC (Social Moral Spiritual and Cultural)

At RBA, we are dedicated to promoting values which ensure our pupils develop a strong sense of social and moral responsibility, and which prepare the young people at the school for life in modern Britain. Values such as individual liberty, democracy, the rule of law, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs are embedded in the school’s ACE (Achievement Care Excellence) ethos, but are also promoted in a variety of ways throughout the school year.

A full evaluation of this is undertaken each year, but here are some examples of some of the ways British Values are promoted at RBA:

The PSHE curriculum teaches all these values including new, discrete units of work to promote British Values and teach the challenges of life in modern Britain. In addition, regular enrichment events such as the Mock Trial Competition promote democracy and the rule of the law to Years 9 and upwards.

Other subject areas also promote these values within their existing curriculum, and R.E., History, Geography, MFL and English in particular. Two examples of the ways these values are promoted can be found in the Year 9 English curriculum and the Year 8 R.S. curriculum. In Year 9 English, pupils study Animal Farm and a significant part of the process is the engagement with the social contexts, including the impact of extremist views and totalitarian states. In Year 8 Religious Studies, pupils study attitudes to prejudice and discrimination, promoting tolerance of different cultures and the benefits of mutual respect.

Extra-curricular opportunities also offer plenty of opportunities for pupils to learn about the importance of British Values. Other than the Mock Trial Competition, the Junior Leadership Team and many student voice panels teach students to uphold democracy and appreciate the rule of law, and the varied opportunities embedded in the school’s 21st Century Learning ethos encourage pupils to develop the mindsets and attitudes necessary to adopt core British values.

SMSC activities during Form Time provide an additional way to encourage students to engage in thinking beyond the everyday matters to ideas of local, national or global concern, and often asks students to focus on issues relating to citizenship and relationships.

On balance, British Values are embedded across the school at RBA and are integral to our ACE ethos. But we are also keen to find gaps and evaluate the ways in which we promote these more explicitly to students. The school’s rich SMSC provision helps us to do this, and we track and evaluate the ways in which British Values are promoted and linked within the following SMSC strands in particular:

  • Recognising right and wrong
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Understanding and exploring diversity
  • Understanding moral codes
  • Understanding others’ beliefs
  • Understanding how societies and communities function

British Values

The academy supports and delivers a firm commitment to developing and upholding British Values. Outside of lessons, British Values are promoted throughout the year as part of our pastoral programme. About 6 times each year, pupils will learn about British Values through assemblies aimed at actively promoting these values, but also through Thought for the Week sessions in tutor groups, where pupils get a chance to lead learning on these topics, and explore what the values are and why they are significant to modern Britain.

Democracy

We have our own Student Council (Junior Leadership Team) made of up of elected Form reps, as well as an elected Head Boy and Head Girl. Students are taught in a variety of ways including tutor time, assemblies and in subject specific content about the importance of democracy.

The Rule of Law

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the academy or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout all aspects of academy life. Students and parents are taught the value and reasons behind our rules, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.

Individual Liberty

Students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We educate and provide boundaries for students to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education.  Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-safety and tutor lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning activities or through the choice of participating in our extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

At RBA, we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the student and staff body.  Our RE, assemblies and tutor teaching reinforce this.  Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes.

PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education)

PSHE education is a planned programme of learning through which our students acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

In our PSHE lessons and activities we aim to:

  • Prepare students to engage and build positive relationships with family, friends and society.
  • Encourage students to understand and have the confidence to make informed decisions relating to relationships, healthy lifestyles, staying safe and economic well being
  • Foster respect, empathy and understanding for other people

PSHE is resourced by staff across the school. All lessons are supported by presentations, film clips and extension work provided by an ever-increasing number of staff members. Lessons are taught in form groups although some themes are delivered to the whole year group on drop down days by external organisations such as theatre companies and youth organisations.

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