At St. George’s C of E Primary School, we develop and promote British Values throughout our school and within our curriculum.
“We want every school to promote the basic British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs.” Lord Nash
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.
- The Rule of Law
- 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 vision statement and aims of the school clearly reflect these values, and the whole school strives to uphold them.
Vision Statement and Aims
We are a welcoming and caring Christian school where everyone can learn and grow as part of God’s family. At St George’s we believe that our school provides the foundation and opportunities for all children to become well rounded and capable individual members of a society which is continually evolving and developing. When children leave St. George’s, we want them to be equipped with the skills to be independent learners and thinkers with a range of skills and talents that enable them to succeed at the next stage of their education journey and in life. By the time learners have left, they will have mastered a range of both procedural knowledge (skills) and factual knowledge. Our curriculum is customised to meet the local needs of our learners. We can only do this, by providing an environment for learning in which all children are able to maximise their potential academically, socially, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
At St George’s our aims are:-
- To provide a Christian education where children learn the love of God, and to have respect and dignity for other faiths, beliefs and cultures.
- To provide an environment in which the dignity of every child is recognised and developed; and to provide the full potential of each child through a curriculum which develops spiritual, academic, social and emotional growth guided through our vision of ‘Respect for all, Ambitious in aspirations, Bold in actions.’
- To provide a curriculum that is rich and challenging, where children experience the opportunity to learn in a wide range of contexts.
- To provide a sequential curriculum that builds on prior learning which enriches and challenges children and gives them the experiences and opportunities to learn in a wide range of context.
- To develop active citizens who are able to positively contribute to fundamentals of British values and equality for all.
Our principles for Teaching and Learning: -
- The school has developed a text rich curriculum with overviews for each year group.
- All children are entitled to be engaged in their learning and to be active learners; discovering and finding out.
- All children are entitled to understand and communicate effectively what they have achieved and know what to do to make progress.
- All children are entitled to be independent, enthusiastic and self-motivated learners; raising their own questions.
- All children are entitled to time to evaluate and reflect on their learning.
- All children are entitled to have their different learning styles recognised.
- All children are entitled to teaching that inspires their learning.
- All children are entitled to teaching that encourages them to be creative.
- All children are entitled to be challenged and enjoy learning, as well as encouraging problem solving.
- All children are entitled to develop spiritually, morally and as members of their community and the wider community.
Examples of British Values at St. George’s.
- Vision and Ethos
- 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.
- 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. George’s C of E Primary through methods such as questionnaires, surveys at parents’ evenings and opportunities to comment on whole school matters e.g. After school provision.
- Visit from the MP and Parliament week celebrated across the school. Year 5/6 school council members trip to the Houses of Commons.
The Rule of Law
- Vision and Ethos
- Behaviour Policy
- Display of class rules in each classroom,
- Playground rules
- Lunchtime rules
- Curriculum links e.g. Crime and Punishment
- 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.
- 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
- BikeAbility 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
- Vision Statement/School aims
- Behaviour policy
- P.S.C.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 1decision lessons. We use the 1decision resource across the whole school.
- 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-through the schools’ restorative approaches
- 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-through the school Growth Mind set
- 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.
- Through opportunities such as our extra-curricular and Lunch Time clubs, Residential Trips, pupils are given the freedom to make safe choices
- Children at St. George’s C of E are encouraged to make choices knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment.
- Vision /School aims
- Behaviour policy
- P.S.H.C.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 and celebrate each other’s achievements whether that be in or out of school through our weekly Golden Book Assemblies.
- Teachers plan exciting, interesting, challenging and innovative lessons where everybody is expected to do their best and respect others.
Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs
- Vision /school aims
- P.S.H.C.E policy
- R.E. policy
- St. George’s C of E 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. George’s C of E Primary 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 collective worship, , noticeboards and displays.
- Children are encouraged to share their own experiences when celebrating their own faith. Activities within school support both children and adults of different or no faith, the children are taught respect and tolerance of these groups and the opinions of the groups are considered with all activities. Whilst instances contrary to our values are relatively rare, each is treated seriously in line with our policies and expectations.