The Expression of British Values at St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School
Each year the children decide upon their individual class ‘Mission Statements’. All the children contribute to the drawing up of them.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The council has a ‘real’ voice and is able to genuinely effect change within the school. Two School Council members for each class within the school are voted in by the children in that class.
The School Council attend Partnership training sessions and are responsible for agreeing a chosen charity to support during the year.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the class, the school, the community or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day, 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 Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message within the school.
At St. Andrew’s, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we teach and provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and taught how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE/P4C and RE lessons. Whether it is through a choice of learning challenge, of how they record, or participation in our extensive range of extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to and are actively encouraged to make choices.
As a Rights Respecting School, mutual respect is at the heart of our values. 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 School Values forgiveness, justice, trust friendship and hope these together with the outcomes of our school ‘visioning’ event form the basis of our whole school ethos.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
St Andrew’s is a Church of England School. We place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to include stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE, PSHE and P4C teaching reinforce these. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
At St Andrew’s, we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.