The DfE have recently 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 and Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.’
The Government set out its definition of British Vales in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated in 2014. At St John’s Church of England Primary School these value are reinforced in the following ways:
Children are listened to and are taught to listen carefully to others. Children are taught to respect the right of individuals to have their voices and opinions heard. They are taught to discuss issues in a balanced and calm way.
Each year the children review and sign the Pupil Promise to ensure they are still relevant.
The School Council meets regularly and discusses issues raised in a class or as a whole school. Each council member is voted for by their own class.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or the country are consistently reinforced at St John’s.
Pupils are taught from an early age the value of the Pupil Promise. Children are taught the value and reason behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibility this involves and the consequence when laws are broken. Visits from authorities help to reinforce this message.
At St John’s Church of England Primary School, children are actively encouraged to make the right choices, knowing they are safe and supportive environment. Children are expected to take responsibility for their own actions and to understand the consequence their actions might have. We educate and provide boundaries for children to enable them to make informed choices, through a safe and supportive environment. The understanding of rights and responsibilities are promoted through acts of collective worship, e-safety, PSHCE.
Mutual respect is a core value at St John’s. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of different Faiths and Beliefs
St John’s Church of England Primary School is situated in the heart of Radcliffe. The school recognises its role in preparing children for life in modern Britain. We actively promote celebrations of different faiths and cultures. The Religious Education Syllabus is the Manchester Diocesan Syllabus. Through RE and Personal & Social Education we reinforce messages of tolerance and respect.
Staff regularly review the curriculum to ensure that it promotes that areas above. It also ensures that pupils are taught about key events and figures in history. Events during the year celebrate culturally diverse occasions and memorable events taking place in the country.
At St John’s Church of England we will actively challenges children, staff or parents who express opinions that are contrary to fundamental British Values, including extremist views.