The Art department at Samuel Ryder Academy works hard to enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. In all year groups, student’s gain self-confidence by being taught a range of key skills and techniques which then allow them to produce work in which they can express themselves emotionally and creatively. Students’ hard work is displayed publicly online on the departmental Twitter and Instagram account, as well as a feature of ‘artwork of the week’ in the school newsletter. We also showcase the work of our students in two school exhibitions that are open to the public, and also our departmental Art atrium space has a vast amount of students artwork on display, every day of the academic year. Students’ confidence and self-esteem is always increased when their work is celebrated and visually displayed and this actively promotes students to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely. Within the classroom we teach pupils to respect the values and opinions of others by way of being able to express themselves and listen to other’s thoughts and opinions without prejudice. Everyone is equal, listened to, valued and respected at Samuel Ryder Academy. Students are encouraged to critique each other’s work and respect the opinions of others; taking both the positive (WWW) and the areas of improvement (EBI) feedback in order to enhance and make further progress. This supports the values of honesty, integrity, respect and tolerance, and is also supporting the students to respect democracy and willingly participate in the democratic process.