Promoting British Values
The DfE has 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, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs’
At St Simon of England R.C Primary School we have reflected on what ‘British Values’ means to us and agree that our mission statement and ethos which is based on us fulfilling God’s unique plan for each and every one, this encompasses and promotes all that is expected and to which we aspire every day.
We want our school community to be proud of, and value, where they come from and have a shared understanding of what it means to live and learn in Britain. We seek to nurture this in all we do and ensure that we actively promote mutual respect and value of every person including combating any form of extremism.
Whilst at St Simon’s children will have opportunities to:
Discuss and share their views on a range of issues – debates/decision tunnels/conscience corridors in English, History
Understand what democracy is and how we uphold it through informed debate, voting rights and legislation – working as part of a team, playground rules and games
Be part of elections for appointment to the School Council/House Captains
Take part in surveys and planning for school improvement
Share their voice during observations and monitoring by teachers and governors
Understand roles and responsibilities – PSHE, circle times and RE
How rules and laws are made and why they are helpful to school and society – Class codes, agreement of class rules and school rules
Choices about behaviour and learning and the consequences and rewards which come from decisions we make - behaviour policy, house points
That individual liberty starts with respect, tolerance and a non-acceptance of bullying in any form but comes with responsibility to enable the freedom of others – peer mediators, reciprocity
An understanding of religions and beliefs that differ from their own supported through the curriculum – study of world religions, cultural visits and sharing of different home languages