Promoting British Values at St Christopher’s Catholic Primary School.
As a Catholic School we actively promote values, virtues and ethics that shape our pupils’ character and moral perspective, through the teachings of the Church. Our continued focus on the Gospel Values give our pupils the necessary awareness of what it means to be a good citizen in Britain today, and embed in them the building blocks of a future successful and productive life.
Through our Religious Education, Personal Capabilities, Relationships and Behaviour Policy, PSHCE and wider curriculum, we are able to make real links between the values of our pupils and the lives of others in their community, country and the world in general.
We understand that the society within which we live is diverse and, therefore, we aim to prepare our children for life in modern Britain. Throughout day to day school life, we make links to the social, cultural, moral and spiritual values as they arise and in so doing we hope to enable our children to value and respect diversity and develop a greater tolerance and understanding of the World.
We create opportunities to broaden children’s understanding of the British values:
We actively promote and model democracy by:
- Pupil Leadership Teams – we have Mini Vinnies, Play Leaders, Digital Leaders and Sports’ Ambassadors. We teach pupils how they can influence by becoming involved in the decision making process. Children have to apply for these roles within the school and take their responsibilities very seriously. Children are encouraged to respect democracy and the democratic process.
- Frequent visits from people attached to Parliament e.g. MPs – and in 2016 this included exploring the Brexit debate with people from either side of the argument.
- Beginning each year with every class developing their own class values to guide them through the year and to help everyone learn effectively.
- Providing our children with a broad knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services e.g. Visits to Parliament, MP visits into school, visits to/from Police, Hospitals, Fire Service, Local Councillors, visits to town hall, debates.
- We teach children how they can influence decision making through the democratic process through our School council, suggestion boxes, Parliament workshops.
- We encourage pupils to become involved in decision making processes and ensuring they are listened to in school. We have an open door policy for the head and deputy, consultation groups and liaison between staff and pupils.
- Modelling how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged by teaching about inspirational figures such as Ghandi, Mandela, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King. Margaret Mizen
Rule of Law.
We actively promote and model the rule of law by:
- Ensuring school rules are clear and fair through our consistent Relationships and Behaviour policy – The St Christopher’s Way.
- Helping children to distinguish right from wrong by using the example of Christ when dealing with behaviour that is not acceptable.
- Promoting respect for the law and the basis on which it is made through visitors such as PCSOs, Police and our MP into school.
- Helping children to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals through our RE curriculum, through focus weeks (e.g. Peace Week) and visitors.
- Having a Relationships and Behaviour policy that is linked to a restorative approach and is based on the Christian value of forgiveness.
We actively promote and model individual liberty by:
- Supporting pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self confidence through our Catholic ethos. We invest heavily in meeting the needs of all of the children, by providing equality of opportunity, by knowing and understanding the needs of all of the children.
- Encouraging pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour as well as knowing their rights. We link rights with responsibilities and have a fair and consistent Relationships and Behaviour management policy.
- Challenging stereotypes through inviting visitors into school to develop disability awareness, anti bullying and anti racism learning;
- Implementing a strong anti bullying culture.
Respect and Tolerance.
We actively promote and model respect and tolerance by:
- Promoting respect for individual differences and respect for other cultures and ways of life through assemblies and masses, the RE curriculum, multi-faith weeks and through our Catholic ethos.
- Openly discussing and celebrating the similarities and differences between people such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender and different family situations.
British Traditions and Heritage
We celebrate the role of Britain both historically and in the present. We want pupils to have knowledge of and be proud of their British heritage and the cultural and historical traditions that we are renowned for the world over. This involves celebrating Royal events, Remembrance Day, festivals such as Christmas and Easter; these are alongside those from other cultures such as Eid, Diwali and Chinese New Year.
We try hard to build a culture that will stand the test of time, where our pupils can become good, effective citizens. We teach our children to respect everyone regardless of any differences and aim to ensure that this is firmly embedded into the ethos of our school.