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 were reiterated in 2014. At St Christopher’s these values are reinforced regularly and you can see the events relating to British Values on our calendar, by following our News Blog on the homepage or reading more below.
Taken from our schools aims ‘to promote the ability to question and argue rationally; to encourage pupils to apply themselves to a range of tasks and skills,’ democracy is rife within the school. All the children contribute to the drawing up of a class charter. Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. All school council representatives in each year group are voted in by their class. Voting is also used throughout the school from the books they want listen to, to the school lunches they eat. We also have opportunities throughout the year to visit our local magistrates court, houses of parliament and enjoy visits from our local council representative. This helps our children gain an understanding of how citizens can influence decision making through the democratic process.
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.
At St Christopher’s we create an environment that will develop children into individuals that are courteous and respectful of their own and others needs and rights, we promote this through our school ethos, clear guidance on behaviour and enforcement of a smart dress code for students and staff. Pupils have been part of discussions related to what respect means and how it is shown. Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy. Children learn that their behaviours influence their own rights and those of others.
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; Lifeguards etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
At St Christopher’s one of our main aims is ‘To help pupils develop perceptive, spiritual and moral values and an understanding of religious faiths and beliefs of others’. 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. The school has a variety of pupils and parents with different faiths or religions. We celebrate difference and promote enthusiasm about diverse beliefs, where we encourage everybody to share their knowledge and learning within classes and the school. i.e. tasting different traditional foods, practising traditional dances and visit a range of places of worship.
19th – 4th October British Food Fortnight
British Values Friendship Assembly
Road Safety Assembly
Black History Assembly
Visit from Local Council Representative
Visit from Local Firefighter
Book Fayre Book Vote
British Values Courage Assembly
World Religion day 13th January
British Values Tolerance Assembly
Chinese New Year Friday 27th January
Safer Internet Day Weds 8th February
Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) Tues 28th February
1st-13th March Fair Trade Fortnight
The Queen’s Birthday 21st April
Deaf Awareness Week. May 15th – 21st Homeless Awareness Day Assembly
British Values Respect Assembly