All Saints’ Catholic Primary School is committed to encouraging children to respect British values. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy –
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and belief
As a Catholic and Christian community we are proud of the education we offer our children. Through a broad and balanced curriculum, they explore the British values by way of cross curricular themes and in particular the PSHE programme and our weekly Statements to Live (Nurturing Human Wholeness). We actively challenge children, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values and seek to promote a positive approach to the areas named above.
Democracy is promoted through our School Council and the election of the House Captains based on children’s votes. Opportunities such as these are used to discuss British democracy looking specifically at the British Voting system.
Visits from authorities, such as the Police and Fire Services reinforce the importance of the rule of law. This is further promoted and supported through the Safety Carousel and Junior Neighbourhood Watch programmes for our Year 6 pupils.
Individual liberty is taught through our Statements to Live By and children are taught about e-safety when they receive advice on how to safely exercise their rights and personal freedoms when online, whilst being made aware of their own duty of care while engaging in such activity.
The school ethos and behaviour policy revolve around ‘respect’ as a core value, and discussions and assemblies focus on what respect means and how it is modelled. Liturgies to mark Armistice Day are held each year along with non-uniform days during Advent and Lent for charities such as CAFOD or St Cuthbert’s Care. The children also collect food each Harvest time for the Peoples’ Kitchen which helps the homeless in our area. Our choir sings each Christmas at the Parish Monday Club and visits Willowburn Hospice. We also offer the children, staff and parents the opportunity to save with the Prince Bishops Community Bank. As well as developing the children’s financial acument, they are learning about the financial problems people have to deal with as the Community Bank uses the money to provide loans for people who may otherwise turn to ‘loan sharks’. We currently deposit over £100.00 a week with the bank.
In RE, our children look at other faiths and explore the similarities and differences between their faith and that of our own. Students gain an appreciation of the faith differences and are able to develop a mutual respect for the differences in culture.
In PE, students are taught adherence to fair play and how this aligns itself with whole school culture, ethos and mission statements and gain an insight into what this looks like in other life experiences.
Through a broad and balanced curriculum and the opportunities that assemblies, lessons, discussions and extra-curricular events provide, the staff and Governors of All Saints’ Catholic Primary School believe our children are able to show:
- An ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and respect the civil and criminal law of England.
- An understanding of the ‘fundamental British values’, and demonstrate age appropriate skills and attitudes that will allow them to grow in order to participate and contribute to life in modern Britain.
- An understanding of the range of cultures within our community and further afield as preparation for life in modern Britain.