Promoting British Values
Promoting British Values
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 democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance 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 (2015). At Redcourt St Anselm’s these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. When appropriate guest speakers are invited into school. The Edmund Rice Group invited the Edmund Rice International Youth Ambassadors from St Anselm’s College to discuss social justice campaigns on homelessness, asylum seekers and foodbanks.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they are 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. Everyone at Redcourt St Anselm’s is aware of our behaviour expectations and of our Code of Conduct. 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 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 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 PHSEE+C lessons. Whether it is through choice or learning challenge, participation in our numerous and varied extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our school values and ethos. Children learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. This message is reinforced in everything we do however more focussed activities take place in PHSEE+C, SEAL and assemblies.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
At Redcourt St Anselm’s we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of theme days and festivals. These all help to promote understanding and mutual acceptance which goes beyond tolerance.