British Values

Promoting British Values at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour 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 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 (2014).

 
 The Key Values are:
 Democracy
The Rule of Law
Individual Liberty
Mutual Respect
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
 
 
 
 
At Our Lady’s these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways: 
 
Democracy
 
At Our Lady’s we have respect at the centre of our core values. Our active School Council is a body of children that have been voted for by their peers to represent the pupils’ views about the school. It is made up of two children from each class, from Year 1 up to Year 6. In their regular meetings they come up with fund raising ideas for both school fund and charities, school improvement plans and other school events. Their voice and the voice of the pupils they represent, is an invaluable asset in continually helping us to improve as a school and provide the children with the environment they want and deserve.
 
We have also held elections for the whole school to choose thier preferred sports day, allowing them to practice democracy and see the benefits of a democratic society. 
 
The Rule of Law
 

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. 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 local Community Police to deliver Cop Stars and talks from the local magistrate also reinforce this message. Opportunities to explore, deepen and apply understanding is developed through the curriculum. e.g When studying the Early Law Makers  or discussing and debating if Charles I should have been exectuted.

 
 
Individual Liberty
 

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 young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

 

Mutual Respect
 

Our school aims and values, as well as our behaviour policy revolve around our mission statement; We learn to love everyone as Jesus loves us, and this permeates everything we do in school. Displays around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated in class charters as well as our behaviour policy.

 

Tolerance of those different faiths and beliefs

 The very Gospel values that we live our lives by and promote on a daily basis constantly teaches, demonstrates and reinforces tolerance and respect for others beliefs and faiths. This is evident in our actions, our Collective Worships, Curriculum and the implementation of our Behaviour policy.

 

At Our Lady’s school we firmly believe that our school aims and values underpin and promote the British values.

  • Everyone will be challenged to become independent learners with enquiring minds and positive attitudes.

  • Our school maintains excellent standards of behaviour by keeping understanding, forgiveness and reconciliation at the heart of the process.

  • Our school is part of the community of love with parish and family

  • Jesus is our role model for all we do, say and think within the school so that our lives are a living witness to the Gospel.

  • Everyone will see themselves as valued members of a global family.

  • All members of our school community will celebrate diversity and respect other beliefs, cultures and ways of life as well as caring for our environment.

  • Everyone will learn to take responsibility for our choices in life.

  • Everyone will become confident, enthusiastic learners who take pride in themselves and their achievements.

  • Our school is a happy, safe and healthy environment where all are nurtured and cared for.