Our Vision for Promoting British Values at St. Matthew’s Catholic Primary School
The Department for Education state that there is a 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 by the Prime Minister in 2014. At St. Matthew’s Catholic Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is embedded at the school. Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council and regular questionnaires. Our School council meets on a weekly basis, and is involved in enabling Pupil Voice, including organising fund raising events and competitions. The elections of the School Council members and Head Boy and Head Girl are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced. Our school has a ‘Golden Rule’, which is deeply embedded in our work every day. Each class also discusses and sets its own rules that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment. Our 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.
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 our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; examples of this can be clearly seen in our e-safety and P.S.H.E. lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge; of how they record; of participation in our numerous extra- curricular activities; our pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Respect is one of the core values of our school and it is deeply embedded in all that we do at the school. The pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small. The core value of Respect at St. Matthew’s Catholic Primary School underpins our work every day both in and out of the classroom.
Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
Our core value of Respect ensures tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs. St. Matthew’s Catholic Primary School enhances pupils understanding of different faiths and beliefs through religious education studies; P.S.H.E. work; visitors from other faiths; welcoming visitors from other schools that are not predominately white British and enjoying a depth of study during themed weeks. Beliefs, traditions and customs will be studied in depth, with visitors being invited in to our school to enrich and extend understanding. Through this our pupils gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society.
This vision is based on the truth revealed by God about ourselves and our life together in community. This gives rise to an educational endeavour centered on the person of Jesus Christ who is our Way, Truth and Life. The educational Mission of the Catholic Church entails the on-going development of the entire potential of every person. It seeks to provide the well-being and freedom of every person made in the image and likeness of God and finding fulfilment in God alone. This is the Vision which shapes the daily life of St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School as a community in which faith is expressed and shared through every aspect of its activities.
These values are echoed in our School Mission Statement, which is built upon the Gospel Values, and with Christ at the centre of everything that we do.
Laws and regulations
Here at St Matthews our children are encouraged to follow rules and regulations but they always have a say in what they should be, and why we should follow them.
Not so long ago our children welcomed visitors from Uganda. We discussed differences in culture and everyday life, however we found a common belief and that was our love of God and all that he stands for.
The children from Uganda showed us where they live on our world map.
What is British Values? Have a look at the information below.