In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key Values are:
- Rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Promoting British Values at St. Paul’s CE VA Primary School
The DfE have reinforced the need ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.’
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. At St. Paul’s CE VA Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and pupil questionnaires. Children in each class vote for the children they want on the School Council. Children are consulted and contribute to the development of the school
Children take part in agreeing class rules and sign an agreement to following these rules
The rule of law
An understanding that bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account by the people, through the democratic organs of government.
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Playground buddies are trained to support children and help during break times.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, for example signing up for extra-curricular clubs and how to present their pick and mix homework projects.
At St. Paul’s CE VA Primary School our ethos is based around our values: nurture a passion for wisdom so everyone can realise their full potential; respect and love everyone as individuals; celebrate and serve our diverse community.
A value that is consistently reinforced through school life is respect as per our Golden Rules.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
St. Paul’s is a diverse school community. Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity, for example through our parent led, multicultural lunch, through a variety of themes in assembly, the RE and PSHE curriculum. We use opportunities within our teaching to learn about different countries and their cultures.