Promoting British Values
The DfE have reinforced the need to ‘ actively 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. These values were first set out by the government in the ‘Present’ strategy in 2011.
British values dovetail our own catholic beliefs reflected in our mission statement;
‘Live, learn, love and grow in the light of Christ.’
At St Pius X these values are reinforced in our ethos and values and are evident in the following:
Democracy can be seen in action at our school in many ways. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and pupil questionnaires. Members of the School Council are voted on by their classes. Our school behaviour policy was created by School Council and their peers.
The Rule of Law
The importance of rules and 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 rules, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when rules are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police; Fire Service; etc. are regular parts of our calendar 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 young pupils to make choices safety, 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 Online-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, how they record, participation in our extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Displays and posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.
Tolerance of those of Different Cultures, Faiths and Beliefs
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. Our KS2 children have taken part in Show Racism the Red Card workshops and attended a local Mosque and a Sikh Temple.
“Learning about India this morning was very interesting. The children really enjoyed looking up the facts.” (Parent Curriculum Morning Spring 2018)