Promoting British Values
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, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister. At St Teresa's 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 School Council and Pupil questionnaires. The elections of House Captains, as well as school Council members are based solely on pupil votes. The school council were involved in the election of the Parent Govorners - they were responsible for opening the selaed box, counting and checking the votes.
The school’s newly elected parent governors; Mrs Nadine Blake and Mrs Veronica Horley
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 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 be 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.
Year 6 learned about being good digital citizens! Click the cartoon to find out more!
The Rule of Law
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 etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. This is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy and mission statement.
On Friday 23rd October - Year 6 led an awesome British Values assembly . The assembly included a number of rousing patriotic songs and an appearance by the Queen and other various stars! Click the picture to find out more!
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Belief
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school and there is an annual programme of visits to local places of worship such as the Mosque and Gurdwara.
We value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. Underpinning all of this are a range of curriculum topics which have strong links to the British Empire
Year 6 explored the value of being grateful and generous by looking at the teachings and values of world faiths
Black History Month
For Black History month there was a Martin Luther King themed Wordsearch for the Juniors and a Rosa Park’s themed maze for Infant children.
Year 6 children completed work on many black heroes past and present, including an extended writing activity on the life of Mary Seacole.