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British Values - Promoting British Values at St Nicholas Catholic 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.”
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. At St Nicholas Catholic Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is rife within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Pupil Council, Ideas Box, speaking to adults in school and Pupil questionnaires. The children’s work through Investors in Pupils – the children choose rewards. Through links with our local MP visiting school and discussing his role.
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police; Fire Service: are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
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 safely, through of 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. Whether it is through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices. Home-school agreements are signed.
Part of our school ethos, behaviour policy, PSHCE and RE work revolves around values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. All stake holders around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy. Through competitive sports links, anti-bullying week and playground buddies. Positive relationships are encouraged and modelled, pupil-pupil, adult-pupil.
Although we are a Catholic school through our RE we teach children about other faiths and beliefs. Lessons, assemblies, visits & visitors enhance pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and give them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. The school has theme weeks- such as International week, celebration of religious festivals such as Diwali to learn about the cultures within our school and the wider community. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Through our statements to live by linked to our PSHE and children are given opportunity for personal reflection.