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How we live the British Values

 

British Values form the basis of whole school assemblies as part of our ongoing exploration of our School Values which are displayed in school.

 

Many of these values are reinforced through our Religious Education programme, Come and See, and children have regular opportunities to explore them further through collective worship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other ways in which we live the British Values at St Paul of the Cross Catholic Primary School are as follows:

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Democracy

Pupils are 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 / interviews.

  • The elections of the School Council members are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action. 
  • Focussed activities based around the General Election and EU referendum in a range of classes, including debates, mock elections and votes.  Year 6 in particular, formed their own parties and created manifestos which were presented and voted on.

The rule of law

The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour.

School rules are clearly displayed throughout school and consistently applied, with a clear progression of rewards and consequences.

Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service, etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help to reinforce that importance of laws to govern and protect us.

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.

  • NSPCC, PCSO, fire brigade, school nurse session
  • “Pants” sessions delivered by all class teachers
  • Personal aspiration focus as part of the School Mission Day

Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example:

  • E-safety lessons and ongoing focus during computing 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

All members of the school community treat each other with respect and pupils understand that respect needs to be shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have.

This is reiterated through our School Mission Statement – children, parents, staff and Governors were involved in reviewing and writing this. 

  • Annually we revisit the Mission Statement and provide children with a range of opportunities to discuss and explore this  

Respect for others is reiterated through:

  • Our school rules,
  • Behaviour policy.

This value underpins our work every day, both in and out of the classroom.

Tolerance of those with different 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 Come and See and PSHE. 

The Come and See programme provides two opportunities throughout the year to explore the beliefs of other faiths and religions, which include Judaism, Hinduism and Islam, and to explore the similarities to Christianity as well as the differences. 

  • One-off visit from a South African Head Teacher and a skype Q&A session with the children in his school.
  • Pen pal links with a Spanish school
  • Spanish Day
  • Work focussed on charities such as CAFOD when fund raising

Other class topics provide opportunities to learn about different cultures