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British Values

British Values

In 2011, the government defined British Values as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We promote these values through our own school values, curriculum and enrichment activities. We provide a Catholic curriculum, which is broad and balanced, recognising that every pupil is unique and is created in the image of God (Gen 1:27). Our curriculum is designed to enable every pupil to discern their vocation and to be well-equipped to follow it as active citizens in service to the world. Catholic Religious Education is the “core of the core curriculum” (Pope St John Paul II) and the foundation of the entire educational process. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school.

 

Value

How We Promote It

Democracy

St. John Fisher Catholic Primary School is an UNICEF Rights Respecting School. Each year the pupils decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with these. All pupils contribute to the drawing up of the charter.

 

UN CRC Article 12: Pupils have the right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account.

  • We have a strong pupil voice; seven groups including Catholic Life Ambassadors, School Council, Junior Travel Ambassadors, RRS Steer Group, Art Leaders, Sports Leaders, Eco Club. These are used as an opportunity to promote and teach about democracy.
  • We encourage volunteerism in and out of school. This includes things like playground ambassadors, playground buddies and also raising money for local and national charities.
  • Democracy is also promoted through additional PSHE lessons and assemblies.
  • Pupils are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.

The rule of law

The important of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout school days as well as when dealing with behaviour and through PSHCE and school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involved and the consequences when we do the wrong thing.

 

UN CRC Article 19: Governments should ensure that pupils are properly cared for, and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents, or anyone else who looks after them.

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy. There are rewards for exhibiting good and caring behaviour and consistent demonstration of our school virtues is recognised through such things as ‘Star of the Week’ award and the pupil special mention. Weekly awards are also given to pupils by awarding merits for service to the school.
  • Through our school assemblies, PSHCE lessons and themed days, pupils are taught how to earn trust and respect and are supported to develop a strong sense of morality; knowing right from wrong and doing the right thing even when it’s difficult.
  • Local police officers visit the school to talk to the pupils and explain about their role in society.
  • Pupils are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.

Individual liberty

Our values based discussions and acts of worship begin with discussions about the self; self-respect and self-worth in relation to the individual value so that pupils see that they are important in their own right. Pupils know they have the right to their own thoughts and views. Pupils are strongly encouraged to develop independence in learning and to think for themselves.

 

UN CRC Article 31: All pupils have a right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of activities.

 

UN CRC Article 15: Pupils have the right to meet together and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.

  • Pupils are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.
  • Through our school values, mission statement, PSHCE program and vocation theme days, pupils are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration. They are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their interests in art, music, sport etc. and given opportunities to do this through a range of school clubs.
  • Pupils are taught how to keep themselves safe, including on-line. This is done through computing lessons and as well as through the PSHE curriculum.
 

Mutual respect

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.

 

UN CRC Article 2: The Convention applies to everyone whatever their race, religion, abilities, whatever they think or say and whatever type of family they come from.

 

UN CRC Article 30: Pupils have a right to learn and use the language and customs of their families, whether these are shared by the majority of people in the country or not.

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy and Equality of Opportunity Policy.
  • Pupils are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.
  • Pupils are taught to respect each other, to be cooperative and collaborative, be supportive and to look for similarities while being understanding of differences.
  • Mutual respect is also promoted through additional PSHE lessons and assemblies. A range of specific assemblies were delivered focusing on helping other pupils to understand specific special needs.
  • Pupils are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.

Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

St. John Fisher is situated in an area which is culturally diverse; therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the pupils. During ‘Other Faiths’ Week’, as part of the RE Curriculum, we raise awareness of other faiths; members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.

 

UN CRC Article 14: Pupils have the right to think and believe what they want, and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Parents should guide their pupils on these matters.

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy.
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted. Pupils learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals. The pupils’ work on this subject or whole school learning in assemblies is often displayed in the classrooms or around the school.
  • This is supplemented by assemblies (Key Stage and whole school), which often mark and celebrate significant religious festivals such as Ramadan and Diwali.
  • Pupils are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.
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