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As directed by the Department for Education, schools have a duty to actively 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. These values were first set out by the government in the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2011. In November 2014, schools were required to have a strategy for embedding these values and showing how their work with pupils has been effective in doing so.
Advice from the Department for Education is that British Values should be promoted through SMSC. At St Ambrose Catholic Primary School we weave British Core Values in to engaging SMSC lessons, RE lessons and a range of lessons throughout the curriculum. We deliver a variety of teaching and learning opportunities that:
- Enable our pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
- enable our pupils to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
- encourage our pupils to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely
- enable our pupils to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
- develop tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling our pupils to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures
- encourage respect for other people, and encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.
Our school uses opportunities to actively promote British Values through ollective worship, Key Stage assemblies and whole school reward assemblies. We have a successful School Council and opportunities to discuss current issues and matters of interest are discussed and acted upon. We also actively promote British Values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes opportunities for exploring these values.
Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council. The elections of members of the School Council are based on pupil votes. This supports pupils to understand how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process. Our School Council is able to effect change within our school.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that are linked to class expectations, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies.
We have an agreed set of expectations for acceptable behaviour and if children are given verbal warnings this is always set against the agreed school behaviour code.
Children are asked to identify which aspect of our expected behaviour agreement they have broken to ensure that this connection is made and understood. 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.
To encourage and promote good behaviour, attitude and work, we have implemented and agreed a reward system which is consistently followed throughout the school. We are committed to praising children’s efforts and hard work. We praise the children informally, individually, during group work, in front of the whole class and the whole school. In addition, our children are rewarded not only for their hard work by becoming English and Maths Stars of the Week. We also have a Star of the Week linked to other curriculum areas including positive behaviour. Good behaviour and demonstration of Christian Values is always rewarded and praised. Rewards are given in the form of stickers, class point, certificates, medals and trophies.
Our school aims to provide an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects pupils and is essential for their safety and well-being. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
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 and PHSE education.
Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs. EYFS pupils are given the freedom to self select their learning activities – ‘choosing time’. All pupils are encouraged to make personal choices about the food they eat.
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 Ambrose Catholic Primary School. Collective Worship is based on ‘Christian Values’ which are central to how we expect everyone to go about their life at our school. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others.
In PE the children take part in training and many compete in tournaments. The value of the training and tournaments is sportsmanship and the taking part. Children are reminded to show mutual respect towards other players at all times.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity in our local community.
Collective Worship and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE.
We use opportunities such as the Olympics and the World Cup to study and learn about life and culture in countries such as Brazil.