Promoting British Values
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. At St. John’s CE Primary School these values are reinforced regularly, along with our core Christian values.
At St. John’s, we are dedicated to ensuring that we nurture the development of the whole child. We encourage our children to grow in self-esteem, understand others, learn how to be a friend and to be a vital part of the whole school community. We support every child in developing their full potential morally, spiritually, culturally, intellectually and physically, and in doing so encourage them to grow in to rounded individuals capable of making a positive contribution to society and the environment in which they are to live.
Through our Christian ethos, our core values are: faith, honesty, love, friendship, trust and forgiveness. These values are built into the ethos and teaching of the school and are modelled by everyone who works at St. John’s. We also teach the children about the importance of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance.
St. John’s school community is based on the model of a Christian family showing Christian love and provides grounding in the Christian faith for all its children. Christian values are built into the ethos and teaching of the school but we also promote empathy and the understanding needed in a multi-cultural society. St. John’s School attaches high priority to forging links between home, school and the church, thus promoting greater unity within the community. Our school is a partnership between parents, carers, educators and friends.
St John’s Primary School is committed to actively promoting the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different values and beliefs; our pupils are encouraged to develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
At St. John’s, we inspire a love of learning and aim to develop lifelong learners with the skills to achieve a bright and happy future. We encourage independence, resilience and resourcefulness, through a rich and challenging curriculum which encourages enquiring minds and reflection.
Democracy is richly embedded within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, Learning Council, Pyramid group, pupil questionnaires. Our school behaviour and values policies involve rewards and sanctions; this is shared through all aspects of school life and is also shared with parents, carers and children from Nursery to Year 6.
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 collective worship time. 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 and Fire Service are a regular part of our calendar events 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 all pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and an empowering approach through the education. 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 and PSHCE lessons. Pupils are further empowered through being part of a school council, a Learning Council, Shine Group, Pyramid Group and being able to take part in pupil forums which link directly to the senior leadership team or governors. Pupils are given the freedom to make a wide range of choices from attending extra-curricular clubs to supporting fund raising events.
As a school which holds values at the core of its ethos, our school Values and Behaviour policies have evolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and collective worship related to what this means and how it is shown. Respect is one of our values taught explicitly within lessons, collective worship and within the ethos of our school. It is shared with home through newsletters and website information. Adults throughout the school model, demonstrate and promote respect for others as do older children who have suitable, age related, tasks and responsibilities and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
At St, John’s CE Primary School we celebrate diversity and celebrate the unique opportunities to learn from each other by sharing and celebrating different faiths and cultures. Collective worship and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed up and supported by learning in RE and PSHCE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.