Promoting Fundamental British Values.
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 Cuthbert's RC Primary School
The DfE have recently 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.”
At St Cuthbert's these values are reinforced regularly through our mission:
' As God's unique family, We Love, We learn,We grow'
- We encourage all of our children to get involved with the running of their school and provide them with lots of opportunities to show how they can influence decision making giving them a strong voice on the school through our councils including:Prefects,Learning Council, Gift team, Sports Council.
- We also use pupil voice across all ages and phases in the school to ensure that they all get the opportunity to provide feedback and commentary on what works well in the school .
- Members of our councils go through a democratic process whereby they apply for the position and have to think about the contribution they will make to our school community.
- This is extended to our parents who are also encouraged to participate in decision making within our school through parent forum meetings, parent surveys, parent workshops etc
- Our staff are excellent role models who develop strong, respectful relationships with one another, the children and parents. We encourage an open door policy to discuss any concerns and work together to resolve them.
- We provide opportunities for our children to see how democracy works within school and the wider community through invitations to our local MP and by following local and national elections.
Rule of Law
- We discuss with our children the need for rules and boundaries. Laws provide us with protection, they help us to take responsibility for our actions and realise that there are consequences.
- We ensure our core values are at the heart of what we teach. Respecting one another and the world around us.
- Our expectations for behaviour are clear and consistent across school. We work closely with the children so they understand their rights and their responsibilities for the choices that they make.
- We promote respect for those who enforce the law
- Through our Mission statement we encourage our children to take responsibility for their own actions but to also expect to be treated with respect from others.
- We do not tolerate bullying of any kind and this is dealt with quickly.
- We provide a safe and supportive environment where a positive growth mindset is enabled and our children are encouraged to be independent in their thinking and learning.
- We provide guidance on how to make safe choices through eg: E-safety week, whole school worship, road safety, Bikeability, swimming tuition, our SMSC Curriculum and our Religious Education
- Respect is a key part of our expectations for behaviour and is known and understood by all our children.Children are encouraged to demonstrate respect for everyone they meet and to respect the environment in which we live.
- Children learn that how we treat one another has a direct impact on the way we in turn are treated.
- If children are not showing respect for one another we encourage others to speak out and help others to see why their actions are inappropriate.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
- As a Catholic community, children are reminded of their place in a culturally diverse society. This is achieved through our Religious Education Curriculum and the spiritual life of our school.
- We actively celebrate diversity and equality. We have strong links with local schools both primary and secondary as well as links with the Missions.
- We actively promote respect for individual differences.
- Our class and whole school worships promote the diversity of society and the rights of each person to be respected and valued equally regardless of ability, gender, faith, heritage or race.
- Through our expectations for behaviour we challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour of any kind.
- Our other faith work where each year group learns about another faith and their beliefs allows the children to compare and contrast cultures and beliefs and promotes tolerance and respect for others.