Promoting British Values
The Department for Education has 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.‘
We are educating children in a multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing United Kingdom. St John’s understands and takes seriously the role it has in ensuring that it upholds and promotes these values.
School policies, outlined by St John’s governing body, highlight equal opportunities and guarantee that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar.
British values are promoted as a central part of St John’s culture and curriculum. The list below outlines some examples of when and where such British Values are embedded.
The school council operates democratically. School council members are voted by their class twice annually. These members relay the views of their peers to the school council and feedback the discussions from council meetings to their classes.
Democratic Britain is further contextualized for pupils through visits from members of parliament, council officers visits to town council offices, Parliament, Downing Street, etc.
The Rule of Law:
School rules and expectations stress the importance of responsibility, respect and fairness. The school community promotes a model of good behaviour and relationships. Pupils understand the importance of school rules and that poor behaviour choices bring agreed and defined consequences
“Pupils show very positive attitudes to learning. They know what is expected of their learning and behaviour.”.. Ofsted 2016
The rule of British law is further contextualized for pupils through visits from members of the police force
Pupils’ personal rights and freedoms are explored in PSHE and in shared assemblies. The UNICEF Rights of the Child is used as a shared text.
Children are encouraged to make personal choices after weighing up activities or decisions available to them
Children are encouraged to embrace appropriate responsibilities and to act in a responsible manner modelled by all members of staff.
The basis of mutual respect and tolerance underpins our school ethos.
To guide pupils, St John’s ensures that, through worship, stories and our teaching real life examples of tolerance and mutual respect are shared and their value understood.
School worship and teaching provide learning, stories and real life examples of tolerance as inspiration and guide for pupils
We celebrate and reward success and promote the importance of being able and willing to reflect on our choices in order to improve.
Our house system promotes teamwork and collaboration. It allows for healthy competition in the framework of fair play. We learn the joy of triumph and resilience we learn to lose with grace.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
We celebrate the fact that we live in a culturally diverse society. We actively seek opportunities to teach and demonstrate tolerance in a multi-cultural, multi-faith, ever changing world.
Pupils’ understanding of different faiths is extensive and addressed through excellent RE teaching. Wherever possible visitors of different faiths speak to classes as well as planned visits to places of worship
“Diversity is celebrated and all members of the community are equally valued, cared for and supported”.. Ofsted 2016
Our curriculum plan ensures, where appropriate, pupils learn out of the classroom. Cultural visits and real experiences enrich our pupils’ broad palette of learning