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Promoting British Values at St. Anne's 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 set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated this year. At St. Anne's  these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

 

Democracy

At Saint Anne's we promote the importance of democracy. An example of this is through the School Council. The School Council meets  with the Senior Leadership Team on behalf of their class to discuss ideas and make suggestions linked to school improvement. Suggestions for improvement have included the school grounds, more playtime equipment, more equipment for indoor playtime. Another example are the Liturgical Leaders who meet with the Senior Leadership Team to discuss ideas and make suggestions linked to improving the Catholic life of school.

 

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, is consistently reinforced at St. Anne's.  Pupils are taught from an early age the values of our school, which are centred around our school mission. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and 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 and Fire Service help reinforce this message.  ‘Right and Wrong’ and ‘Laws’ are taught and embedded as part of our PSHE scheme of work which is delivered throughout the whole school. Children also learn about the rule of law through the curriculum.

 

Individual Liberty

At St. Anne's pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, for example, whether it is through choice of challenge, or simply by choosing to participate in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities. Our creative home learning projects allow children to partake in activities that interest them and present them in interesting ways.

 

Mutual Respect

Part of our ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as 'Respect', and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. The school ethos and aims promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our inclusive mission, as well as our behaviour policy. Linked to our PSHE/RSE curriculum, as a school we fully embrace all different types of families. Our extra-curriculum clubs and enrichment activities focus on building self-esteem and respect. 

 

Respect of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

St. Anne's is a Catholic school. We are proud of our Religion and its teachings. Jesus taught us to “Love one another as I have loved you.” Due to this we have respect for all regardless, religion or background. All our Religious Education lessons, PSHE lessons and resources (including texts) reinforce messages of respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.

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