Promoting British Values at Holy Cross Church of England Primary School
The DfE have 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.” At Holy Cross School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is embedded at Holy Cross. 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. Pupils have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas during Worship and school Governors often ask groups of children for their views linked to School Improvement Priorities. Pupils are encouraged to understand that different people will have different opinions about things and that this is OK.
The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced. Our STAR school rules are deeply embedded in our work every day.
S - Sit up straight
T - Track the speaker
A - Ask and answer questions
R - Respectothers
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 and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
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. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; examples of this can be clearly seen in our Forest School, e-safety and P.S.H.E. lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge; of how they record; of participation in our after-school clubs; our pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Our pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small. 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. Our actions, behaviours and attitudes need to be both ‘Good for Me’ and ‘Good for Everyone’.
We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.