Promoting British Values at
Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Primary School
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 has set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. At Our Lady of the Angels these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our pupil elected School Council. The School Council meets regularly and every class from Year One onwards elects their own representatives. The Chair and Vice Chair of the Council lead the meetings.
Our school Behaviour Policy involves weekly Star Awards for writing, maths and model pupils. There are half termly celebrations for all children who have demonstrated consistent good behaviour. Discipleship Awards are presented to those who have modelled gospel values in their behaviour towards others. Gold, silver and bronze certificates are also awarded every half term to recognise those children, in each class, who have consistently shown respect to others and demonstrated a positive work ethic and attitude to all areas of school life.
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 the school day. Our behaviour system expects good behaviour and the acknowledgement of outstanding behaviour with planned treats. Every child belongs to a school team – Avocet, Curlew, Lapwing or Sandpiper – and is responsible to their team through their behaviour and attitude to work. House points are awarded to recognise this.
In September each class co-operatively write their own set of class rules.
Our Liturgies and assemblies also help to reinforce these rules and 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.
Visits from authorities such as the Police, School Nurse and Fire Service are regular parts of our calendar, particularly in the foundation stage. These are presented to the children as ‘People who help us’, and these visits help to reinforce this message to our youngest and most vulnerable students.
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 help them make these choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms, and are advised how to exercise these rights safely, for example through our Mission Statement, R.E., e-safety and EPR lessons.
Participation in our extra-curricular clubs gives our pupils the opportunity and freedom to make choices for themselves.
Part of our school ethos, and behaviour policy, has evolved around our charter values of being responsible citizens, successful learners and confident individuals. Pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown.
Our display of our global community has shown children how diverse our community is.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs:
Our school staff, pupils and community are diverse and multi-cultural, and we feel this helps to enhance our pupils own understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society.
Our R.E. syllabus, ‘God Matters’, provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.
Liturgies, assemblies and discussions, involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying, have been followed and supported by learning in R.E. and EPR.