ECM & British Values

The ECM curriculum incorporates PSHE, Citizenship and Religious Education and is delivered to pupils by form tutors during 20 minute sessions each morning. We have interwoven these three subjects into one specialist curriculum area to allow our students to develop their understanding of an increasingly diverse and fast-paced 21st Century world. Students will consider how they can make a positive contribution to their community and they will be challenged to understand the ethnic, cultural and religious diversity that represents wider British society beyond Widnes.

We also have an ECM day each half term which is a curriculum breakdown day where students work on various projects to develop their awareness of the ECM agenda, which encourages our students to:

  • Stay Safe
  • Be Healthy
  • Make a Positive Contribution
  • Achieve Economic Well-Being
  • Enjoy and Achieve
  • Develop a sense of Community Cohesion

Each child in the school also has an academic mentor who they meet regularly as part of this curriculum to discuss targets, progress, achievements and issues.

We have also invested in the ‘Vision to Learn’ package, which is an online resource that enables students to get much of the work from the ECM curriculum accredited. Consequently we have students will be able to work towards qualifications such as the ‘Equality and Diversity’ Award and a GCSE in PSHE.



ECM Day 1 – October 2016

On Friday 23rd October we held our ‘Make a positive contribution’ Every Child Matters Day. Every student in the school worked within their year groups on special projects to enable them to contribute positively to the school or wider community. Read More.

ECM Day 2 – December 2016

On Thursday 17th December we held our ‘ECM House Day’. Every student in the school worked within their year groups on special projects to enable them to contribute towards raising money for a variety of charities and represent their house in a range of events. In total OCA raised £481.52. Read More.

Christmas Markets – December 2016

The OCA Christmas Markets took place on Thursday 17th December. The markets involved students preparing all day to set up and sell items on their stalls. The stalls included cakes, Christmas decorations, Christmas canvas work, festive treats, Christmas cards, soft toys, clothing and bags, Reindeer dust, drinks, Raffles and a Tombola. The young enterprise team also set up their stall selling a range of festive wood work pieces.Read More.

ECM Day 3 – February 2017

On Wednesday 10th February we held aspirations day at the academy. The day gave students a chance to think about their future and what they would like to do once leaving the academy. Read More.

Culture Week  – March/April 2017

OCA embarked on their second culture week during the last week of the Spring Term. Culture week involved activities in school as well as a number of educational visits. Each form group was given a country to represent. As a form they decorated their form room, created presentations about their country and chose an iconic person from their country. Read More.

ECM Day 4 – May 2017

Tuesday the 24th of May was OCA’s second Health day.

Various external providers came into the school and delivered interactive sessions with our students. Year 7 completed sessions on Fizzy Drinks, Smoking, Alcohol, Mental Health and Cyberbullying. Read More.

ECM Day 5 Sports Day – July 2017

Our annual sports day took place during the last week of the summer term. As usual the timetable for the day was action packed for all students and staff. Students all took part in Athletics, Football, Rounders, Glow Active and the Four House Quiz before finishing the day with the ever competitive team events of Relay and Tug of War. Read More.

British Values

British Values information:

At Ormiston Chadwick Academy we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare our students for life in modern Britain. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed, taught and lived out through our Academy. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering students understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our ECM curriculum provides excellent opportunities to deepen and develop appreciation of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and mutual respect.
Students embrace these concepts with enthusiasm and demonstrate a good understanding of their application to their own lives. The academy makes considerable efforts to ensure students have exposure to a wide range of experiences beyond the school environment during which these concepts are shown.

OCA students engage in the democratic process by electing their student council representatives each year. Through the student council every child has a voice which is heard. This is voice is heard through polls and suggestion boxes on key issues. Through a broad and varied curriculum students learn about how Britain has evolved into the society as we know it today.

The rule of law
At OCA we consistently reinforce the importance of laws and rules, whether they govern a class, the school or the country. 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 many external agencies related to the law and has an onsite Community Support Officer fostering positive relationships with our students and the wider community.

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
We strive to improve our students understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society. Students are offered a wide range of opportunities to experience such diversity in school through the ECM curriculum which focusses on current affairs, ECM days and extra-curricular and curricular trips and visits.

Individual Liberty
Our students are provided with a safe environment which allows them to think about and make informed choices in their lives both in and out of school. The extensive enrichment programme encourages students to be involve led in a range of school and community based activities of their choice. The enrichment ethos of ‘something for everyone’ allows all students to contribute positively in school and within the wider community in order to develop the skills to become effective British citizens.

Mutual respect
Mutual respect is central to our school. Respect for staff, students and peers is evident throughout the school environment. Respect is upheld within classrooms and students are encouraged to share their views as well as listen to others points of views. Students are given responsibility to help and support each other, working together to ensure all students achieve their personal best.

British Values Challenge
The academy has launched a whole school British Values Challenge. Students are informed of the challenge through form tutors and year assemblies. The challenge covers all five aspects of the British Values curriculum; Democracy, The rule of law, Tolerance of those with different beliefs and faiths, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect. The challenge has three tiers which are Bronze, Silver and Gold. On completion of each award students receive a British Values certificate through assemblies and their photo is displayed on a British Values notice board in recognition of their achievements. Following completion of the Gold award students are acknowledged as a British Values Academy Ambassador. At each tier students


At OCA we have become one of only nineteen schools in the country to receive the Discovering Democracy Award.

The Discovering Democracy Award, which was created to support the need to develop character as well as a strong grounding in core academic subjects, was launched by the British Council in partnership with the Cabinet Office and the Department for Education in September.

The award aims to showcase those schools who engage young people with democracy from an early age, whether that is voting for their representatives or a school council, or voter registration, or getting involved in social action campaigns.

Jon Foster, Chair of the British Youth Council said, “The British Youth Council is delighted to highlight the work of schools up and down the country. Schools are often the best place to offer the foundations to nature grassroots democracy and I’m really excited to find such schools leading the way!”