Recently, the DfE have reiterated their idea "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".
In the "Prevent Strategy" of 2011 the government set out its definition of British values and since then these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister. At St. Paul's C.E. Primary School we make evert effort to reinforce these values in the following ways.
Democracy is embedded throughout the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Pupil Council, their class representatives and through pupil questionnaires. The election of ‘Councilors’ to the pupil council and house group Captains are solely by pupil vote. The house group competition involves all children equally with regard to opinion and ‘voice’. Our School Behaviour and Discipline Policy promotes and rewards good behaviour alongside other whole school and class based award and merit systems connected to behaviour.
The importance of Laws, (school rules) whether they be those that affect the class, school, or our country, are reinforced regularly in school assemblies, collective worship, PSHE, RE, House Group meetings and other aspects of the curriculum. The reason and values behind laws are discussed with children along with the benefits of them, the consequences of breaking them and the positives they bring within a democratic community. Visits to and visitors from authorities such as the MP; Police; Fire Service; paramedics etc. are regular parts of our school calendar and help reinforce this message.
As a School we educate and provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices through the provision of a safe environment. OFSTED judged safety and well-being to be good throughout the school and this is reflected in the general and overall behaviour and day to day attitudes of the children. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, through our cross curricular teaching of E-Safety, Computing and PSHE (including citizenship).
Throughout the school and at all levels, all staff promote respect for others. This is supported and upheld through our school rules, all of which are primarily designed to keep children safe and enable learning to take place in a healthy environment.
Our ethos is based on the teaching of the Christian faith – much of which is reflected within the other represented faiths and cultures within the school. The fruits of the Spirit as mentioned in the Bible in the book of Galatians 5:22-23 tells us, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control,” are qualities looked for throughout the school and in truth are fine qualities for anyone, anywhere, to have in their life.
In St Paul’s school there is a wide range of cultural and faith backgrounds represented which account for just over a third of the school population. We are fully inclusive of other faiths and cultures and seek to enhance children’s understanding of their place in a multi-cultural society. School doesn’t force any issues but works naturally alongside all parents and families regardless of their cultural / faith background. World faiths are taught about and celebrated through collective worship and RE and members of different faiths are encouraged to share their beliefs and practices to enhance pupils’ understanding. Visitors to school, both for assemblies and as part of teaching sessions include a long standing association with the ‘Bethany Project’ in Tanzania as well as individuals and smaller groups of children raising funds for those in other countries regardless of faith / culture.