British Values

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 British Values
Statement 
 
 

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

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.

Individual Liberty

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.

Mutual Respect:

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.

Summary

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.
Diversity
 
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.

Implementation 

This is How we Develop SMSC AND BRITISH VALUES at St Matthew’s…

At St Matthew’s Catholic Primary school we seek to develop well rounded individuals who understand the core British Values and who have social, moral, spiritual and cultural awareness.

The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools.  The government set out its definition of British values in the ‘Prevent Strategy’ – values of:

  • Democracy (contribute to the decision making process),

  • The rule of law (protect and keep us safe),

  • Individual liberty (freedom to act within the law),

  • Mutual respect (respect other points of view),

  • Tolerance (of those of different faiths and beliefs).

    Through our positive behaviour for learning policy, PSHE sessions, teacher time activities, assemblies and our curricula we:

  • enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence

  • encourage respect for other people, and

  • encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes

  • enable students to learn right from wrong and to respect rules and understand the law

  • encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to society

  • develop tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures

     

    Here are some examples of when British values are discussed and / or shared:

    Curriculum themes and topics

    Our curriculum prepares children for life in today’s multicultural British Society; this includes developing the understanding and use of money, effective reading and writing skills, collaboration and discussion to research ideas and concepts.

    Daily acts of collective worship Our assemblies uphold the schools values of listen, engage and respect.  Each week is ‘themed’ and covers key  PSHE, SMSC and British Values topics. Each theme is followed up in tutor time with an individual, paired or group task to explore it further.  Successes are celebrated through rewards assemblies half termly.

  • PSHE and Teaching and learning  Time

    Mutual respect is also taught within teaching and learning time and on an informal nature throughout the school days. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety policy and PSHE work on keeping safe.

    RE

    Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs is promoted in RE as students gain a greater understanding of religious diversity and practices for those religions represented in the UK.

    PE Promotion of the concept of “fair play”, following and developing rules, celebrating and rewarding success, accepting defeat and participating in activities that promote cooperation with others and inclusion for all form an integral part of the PE curriculum.

    Prefects and the School Council

    The School promotes democratic processes through the selection of prefects, senior prefects, Head Boy and Head Girl and through the election of school council members. The school and year group councils foster the concept of freedom of speech and group action to address need and concerns.

     

At St Matthew's we believe that a key part of our plan for education is to ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.

 

British Values

 

  • The Rule of Law

  • Democracy

  • Individual Liberty

  • Mutual Respect

  • Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs

     

To do this our children will develop;

  • An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process

  • An understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law

  • An acceptance that people having different faiths and beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of discriminatory behaviour

  • An understanding of the importance or identifying and combating discrimination

The mission statement and aims of the school clearly reflect these values, and the whole school strives to uphold them.

 

Mission Statement

 

Our school is committed to providing a safe, secure and stimulating environment. We value and promote shared personal achievement, high standards and respect for the individual. We believe that by working together we build understanding of one another and develop the self-esteem of every individual.

 

This mission statement represents the principles that we strive towards at St Matthew's Catholic  Primary School. Throughout our prospectus we hope to show how we translate these aims into practice.

 

Our School Aims

 

Our aims stand upon three fundamental principles;

  • To provide every child with the life skills to become successful learners who reach their full potential.

  • To provide a safe, supportive, stimulating and inclusive environment where every child is recognised, cared for, encouraged and valued.

  • Arundale will actively ensure the involvement of the whole community, particularly families, who have a vital role in supporting their children’s education. This partnership will encourage healthy and positive attitudes motivating children to become life-long learners.

 

 

As a school, we value and celebrate the diverse heritages of everybody at St Matthew's. Alongside this, we value and celebrate being part of Britain. In general terms, this means that we celebrate traditions and customs in the course of the year; for example, Harvest Festival during the Autumn term and special trips and visitors planned into our curriculum.  We also value and celebrate national focusses, recent examples being; Macmillan Coffee Morning, Roald Dahl Day, Chinese New Year and Safer Internet Day, with many more opportunities planned in throughout the year to collaborate with the wider community and world e.g. Mental Health Week UK.

 

Further to this, children learn about being part of Britain from different perspectives. Two specific examples of when we teach about being part of Britain are:

 

Geographically: Our rivers, coasts and seaside holiday topics ensure that children have a better understanding of what Britain is, learning more about:

•its coasts, rivers and mountains

•where Britain is in relation to the rest of Europe and other countries in the world

 

Historically: Key moments in British history are studied in the topics such as ‘London’s Burning’ and significant historical figures.

 

The table below is an indication of where we can find evidence to show that British Values are an intrinsic part of school life at St Matthew's Catholic  Primary School.

 

Value

Evidence

Democracy

  • Mission Statement
  • Pupil Forum

Children, parents and staff have many opportunities for their voices to be heard at St Matthew's Catholic  Primary School. Democracy is central to how we operate.


An obvious example is our School Council. The election of the School Council members reflects our British electoral system and demonstrates democracy in action: candidates make speeches, pupils consider characteristics important for an elected representative, pupils vote in secret using ballot boxes etc. Made up of one representative from each class, the School Council meets regularly to discuss issues raised by the different classes. The council has its own budget and is able to effect change within the school; in the past, the School Council has hosted fundraising activities and helped to provide equipment for our school grounds as selected by the children. The Council are actively involved in providing teachers with feedback.

 

Another example of ‘pupil voice’ is:

•children are asked to respond and reflect on the teaching and learning they receive as well as make suggestions for the School Council to consider.

 

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. We encourage pupils to take ownership of not only their school but also of their own learning and progress. This encourages a heightened sense of both personal and social responsibility and is demonstrated on a daily basis by our pupils.

 

Parents’ opinions are welcomed at St Matthew's Catholic Primary School through methods such as questionnaires, surveys at parents evenings and opportunities to comment on whole school matters e.g. After school provision, lunches etc.

 

 

The Rule of Law

  • Mission Statement/ School aims
  • Behaviour Policy
  • Display of class rules in each classroom,
  • Playground rules (displayed around  school in each Key Stage)
  • Lunchtime rules

The importance of rules and laws, whether they be those that govern our school or our country, are referred to and reinforced often, such as in assemblies and when reflecting on behaviour choices. At the start of the school year, each class discusses the school rules and class routines, principles 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, these rules are displayed in each class along with the Code of Conduct of the school. These rules play a fundamental role in our behaviour sanctions and rewards and are linked to our Golden Rule (Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself) throughout school.

 

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. These values are reinforced in different ways:

  • Visits from authorities such as the police and fire service
  • Cycling Proficiency lessons enable children to understand the rules of the road and the potential dangers encountered should they break those rules.
  • During Religious Education, when rules for particular faiths are thought about
  • During other school subjects, where there is respect and appreciation for different rules

 

 

 

Individual Liberty

  • Mission Statement/School aims
  • Behaviour policy
  • P.S.H.E policy
  • Displays of children’s activities
  • Children’s key roles and responsibilities

Alongside rules and laws, we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs. Through the provision of a safe, supportive environment, we provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely; for example:

•choices about how they can improve their learning

•choices around the participation in extra-curricular activities

 

Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are taught how to exercise these safely, such as in our PSHE JIGSAW lessons. We use the JIGSAW resource across the whole school which also links to assemblies.

Collective worship is used to both explore and support the school’s values. By teaching the children how to manage and understand emotions they will be motivated and equipped to:

  • Be effective and successful learners
  • Make and sustain friendships
  • Deal with and resolve conflict evenly and fairly
  • Solve problems with others by themselves
  • Manage strong feelings such as frustration, anger or anxiety
  • Be able to promote calm and optimistic states that promote the achievement of goals
  • Recover from setbacks and persist in the face of difficulties
  • Work and play cooperatively
  • Compete fairly and win or lose with dignity and respect for all competitors
  • Recognise and stand up for their rights and the rights of others
  • Understand the value the differences and commonalities between people, respecting the rights of others to have beliefs and values different to their own.
  • To respect and value our world, and the things, both material and alive that exist within it.

Children in Year 5 and 6 are given key roles and responsibilities such as  Playground Buddies, Reading Buddies and Prefects.

Through opportunities such as our extra-curricular and Lunch Time clubs, Golden Time and Residential Trips, pupils are given the freedom to make safe choices.

Children at St Matthew's are encouraged to make choices knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment.

 

Mutual respect

  • Mission Statement/School aims
  • Behaviour policy
  • P.S.H.E policy
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Display of children’s activities
  • Display of positive values around school

We have high expectations of achievement and behaviour. Children and staff are polite and kind. We believe everyone has their own special gifts and we are expected to use them.

We listen and respect each other. We teach the children that conflict will be dealt with calmly and fairly. All members of the school family are valued equally. We celebrate lunch time behaviour and taking care of our school environment through Litter picking crews. We celebrate each other’s achievements whether that be in or out of school through our weekly Praise Assemblies.

Teachers plan exciting, interesting, challenging and innovative lessons where everybody is expected to do their best and respect others.

When our older children are given key roles and responsibilities to work alongside younger children this helps to promote mutual respect across the age phases. E.g. Reading buddies, Lunchtime  and Playground Buddies

 

Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs

  • Mission Statement /school aims
  • P.S.H.E policy
  • R.E. policy
  • Worship records
  • Alternative faith work as part of the R.E curriculum coverage

 

St Matthew's Catholic  Primary are proud to promote and celebrate our different backgrounds and beliefs. Tolerance, politeness and mutual respect are at the heart of our aims, ethos and R.E curriculum.

 

Our central aim to 'Prepare children for the future' drives us towards ensuring that our pupils are able to live and work alongside people from all backgrounds and cultures. This will be particularly necessary in a future where due to technological advances will make the 'world a smaller place.'

Our pupils know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone and to everything, whatever differences we may have. Children learn that their behaviour choices have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community are encouraged to treat each other with respect.

 

Specific examples of how we at St Matthew's  enhance pupils’ understanding and respect for different faiths and beliefs are:

 

•Through Religious Education, PSHE and other lessons where we develop awareness and appreciation of other cultures – in English through fiction and in art and music by considering cultures from other parts of the world.

 

•Celebrating cultural differences through assemblies, themed weeks, noticeboards and displays.

 

Children are encouraged to share their own experiences when celebrating their own faith. Daily worship reflects and teaches the children tolerance for different faiths and beliefs. 

We are a School of Sanctuary and as such we offer everyone a walm welcome.