Love to Learn, Together with the Lord
British Values = Christian Values
In 2013 the Department for Education said:
“Keeping our children safe and ensuring schools prepare them for life in modern Britain could not be more important. This change is an important step towards ensuring we have a strong legal basis for intervening in those schools where this is an issue.”
“The vast majority of schools already promote British values. This is about making sure we have the tools we need to intervene if children are being let down. Schools are required to actively promote and not undermine ‘British Values’.”
The government has set out its definition of British Values as:
Through our RE, PSHE, SEAL, Geography and promoting The Common Good we are able to make real links between the values of our pupils and the lives of others in their community, country and the world in general. Through our Creative Curriculum we teach about democracy (school council elections), civic responsibility (being part of making rules and looking after the world around us), rules and laws, equality, values and virtues and understanding of other faiths through visits to places of worship and visitors to school.
At All Saints’ we are committed to serving our community and surrounding area. We recognise the multicultural, multifaith nature of the United Kingdom and understand the crucial role our school plays in promoting these values.
As a Church of England School we actively promote values, virtues and ethics that shape our pupils character and moral perspective, through the teachings of the Church. We are confident that our continued focus on the Christian Values will give our pupils the necessary awareness of what it means to be a good citizen in Britain today, and embed in them the building blocks of a future successful and productive life.
This statement outlines the key British values we actively promote.
Each class democratically votes for two members to represent their class on the School Council. The school council meets regularly in school in order to share pupils’ views and drive new initiatives both within school and in the wider community. The school council report to the governing body on a regular basis and a governor also attends every school council meeting.
Children in Year 6 write letters of application for the roles of Head Girl/ Head boy and Prefects. These children are considered ambassadors for school and model and promote exemplary behaviour in school.
Pupils in Years 5 and 6 have links with the local magistrates, which includes visits to the local courts and visits by representatives of the court of law to school.
The Rule of Law
The school has a clearly defined behaviour policy that positively rewards good behaviour both in and out of school. This also sets out clear boundaries and appropriate consequences and engages parents when necessary to further reinforce school rules.
Behaviour is monitored closely and regular reports are shared with governors. As a result, incidents of poor behaviour and racial incidents are minimal.
The school has very close links with our local Police Community Support Officer who regularly visits school to work with pupils and deliver assemblies. She patrols outside of school ensuring that children are safe when exiting the school and parents are adhering to safe parking.
Within school independence and resilience is promoted with the pupils encouraged to take educated risks, safe in the knowledge that they are supported by a safe and secure environment.
The school provides a wide range of clubs and activities outside of the school day and pupils are encouraged to make choices based on their own interests. Attendance at clubs is also monitored and pupils are encouraged to try new activities where possible in order to broaden their horizons.
Pupils have key roles and responsibilities within each class and the whole school, for which pupils actively put themselves forward.
Our curriculum embodies values of mutual respect through units such as Me & My Community/ Relationships and many more (see curriculum maps).
Our involvement with CSSP actively promotes an attitude of equality and fairness. We have signed the Fair Play Charter for all sporting events that the school attends.
At playtime, PALS representatives initiate play and support our younger pupils. We also have ‘Buddies’ whereby older pupils support younger pupils in the school.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
In addition to our Religious Education curriculum we have organised our Multi Faith week in the Summer.
Our R.E. curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.
Within our broad curriculum our pupils are introduced to other cultures such as Judaism, Hinduism and Islam. We also study many other cultures within our Geography units such as ‘Hot and Cold Areas of the World’ and ‘Comparing India with Chorley’.
In addition to this we offer curriculum enrichment through multi-cultural weeks and assembly topics, which are reviewed and adapted to meet the ever changing needs of our society.
We teach French from Year 3 to Year 6.