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British Values

At St Paulinus CE Primary School we are committed to the promotion of British Values and to serving our local and wider communities through our Christian ethos and our spiritual, moral, social and cultural provision.

We recognise the importance of our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain and ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out throughout our school curriculum.

We also recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith nature of the United Kingdom and actively promote and model these ideals, welcoming admissions from all those families entitled to education under British law regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, political or financial status.

Being part of Britain/Democracy/Rules and Law/Individual Liberty/Mutual Respect and Tolerance

Rationale

  • At St Paulinus, we are committed to the promotion of British Values and to serving our local and wider communities through our Christian ethos and our spiritual, moral, social and cultural provision.
  • We recognise the importance of our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain and ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through our school curriculum.
  • We also recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith nature of the United Kingdom and actively promote and model these ideals, welcoming admissions from all those families entitled to education under British law regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, political or financial status.

Actions

  • Respect is a fundamental school value which we pay explicit attention to as part of our RE and SMSC curriculum. All children state the mission statement daily which refers to respecting each other and behaviour guidelines are taught and referred to daily.
  • Democracy is borne out in a variety of ways and it is seen as being an essential component of our successful working team at St Paulinus. School council and form captains are voted in and they make active decisions in school based on the outcomes of debates. Close proximity to London has allowed classes to visit the Houses of Parliament and children in Key Stage Two are taught the power of speech through specific topics. All children are given the opportunity to suggest charities which the school may support and the whole school plays a part in deciding which one they choose.
  • The children at St Paulinus are helped to become familiar with the concept of Rule of Law through our ethos which infuses the entire work of the school. Children are specifically taught and help to choose rules and know that there are consequences for when these are not followed. In RE lessons children are taught that different religions have guiding principles and are given opportunities to debate and discuss laws and rules throughout the curriculum.
  • Our philosophy of teaching and learning places emphasis on the right for everyone to have their own thoughts and evidence-based views and individual liberty is promoted through encouraging children to see they are important in their own right.

Monitoring

  • We monitor lessons and planning regularly to ensure topics address the promotion of British Values.
  • Our wider curriculum has recently been adapted to focus more on History and Geography skilled based learning. British Values are planned into these topics.
  •  Learning walks focus on behaviour as well as teaching and learning and behaviour systems and processes are reviewed regularly.
  • Collective Worship is planned carefully and monitored regularly.
  • Class rules are adapted each year and decided with the children. These are reviewed during the year and adapted where necessary.
  • Children’s levels of independence and confidence are evaluated through learning walks and through child conferencing and outcomes.

Impact

  • Children are clear what the school mission statement means and why it is important to them.
  • Children show respect to others and are articulate about how to show respect to themselves and others.
  • Children’s behaviour demonstrates their good understanding of respect in action.
  • Children can talk about different faiths and cultures and show tolerance and respect for others of different faiths and religions.
  • The children in the school work cooperatively in pairs and groups both in and outside the classroom.
  • Our children understand about the importance of accepting responsibility and of their right to be heard in school.
  • Decisions and aspects of school life are discussed with the children and they are consulted. They demonstrate independence in their thought and actions.
  • St Paulinus children represent the school in inter-trust sporting competitions, in charity acts to support our local community and act as responsible citizens outside of the school.