Promoting Fundamental British Values
In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key Values are:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Spiritual, Moral and Cultural Development
The DfE sets education within the context of the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of pupils and society. It acknowledges that education should not be restricted to a narrow academic curriculum, but also provide pupils with opportunities to explore and develop their own values, beliefs and spiritual awareness. It emphasises the importance of encouraging high standards of personal behaviour, a positive, caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of the social and cultural traditions of others and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures.
As a Church of England School, the Christian ethos and commitment which underpins the whole life and work of the School is endorsed in the Mission and Vision Statements and is included in the aims of the School.
The whole school works to the following guidelines:
- The values and principles that are reflected in the Christian ethos of the school are also reflected in all school policies and are whole school issues.
- The Christian values will be delivered at whole school, Key Stage, class and individual levels, through the curriculum and acts of collective worship.
- Opportunities for promoting the values of the school also exist at playtime and lunchtime.
- All adults will model and promote expected behaviour, treating all people as unique and valuable individuals and showing Christian love and respect for pupils and their families.
- Pupils should learn to differentiate between right and wrong in as far as their actions affect other people. They will be encouraged to value themselves and others.
- Pupils should understand the need for rules and the need to abide by rules for the good of everyone. School and classroom rules should reflect, reiterate, promote and reward acceptable behaviour and provide opportunities to celebrate pupils’ work and achievements.