British Values at St. Clement’s C of E 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 this year (2014).
At St. Clement’s C of E Primary School we uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as:
- Rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
These values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE), and Religious Education (RE). We also teach British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum. We have achieved the following external accreditations which demonstrate evidence of our commitment to British Values:
The schools values are complimentary to British Values:
STARS – Safety, Trust, Achievement, Respect and Sharing
Ofsted grade of ‘Outstanding' (November 2012)
School Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) grade of 'Outstanding'
The school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through collective worship and whole school systems and structures such as electing and running a successful School council. We also actively promote British values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values.
At St. Clement’s C of E Primary School, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council. The election of School and Eco Council Representatives is decided by pupil votes.
Children have an annual questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school.
Pupils have opportunities for debating, making decisions and contributions about and on Topics, kindness rewards, clubs, mock elections.
Our Values for Life half termly themes promote Christian Values and each half term we have a new focus, e.g. courage, responsibility. At the end of half term a group of pupils lead an assembly on the theme and show evidence of it in practise.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of laws and values, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. Our system for behaviour is aligned to an agreed set of expectations.
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. Initially pupils learn about the need for rules through games and team working.
Visits from authorities such as the police, fire service etc. form part of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
To encourage and promote good behaviour, attitude and work, we have devised a reward and sanctions system which is consistently followed throughout the school.
We are committed to praising children’s efforts. Children are rewarded not only for achievement in curriculum areas, but for demonstrating expected behaviours.
Children’s achievements are also recognised during Celebration Assemblies.
Individual Liberty :
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
As a school we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum.
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety teaching.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy are based around core Christian values such as ‘respect’ and ‘responsibility’ and these values determine how we live as a community at St. Clement’s C of E Primary School. Collective Worship is based on ‘Christian Values for Life’ which are central to how we expect everyone to go about their life at our school.
Fundraising, Fairtrade and Charitable events enable pupils to explore and understand the lives of others.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and world.
We study other world faiths and learn about their customs, practises and celebrations. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths. All classes have reflection areas for …..
At St. Clement’s we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
Collective Worship and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE.
We develop these values through our Global partnership.