At St Aelred’s Roman Catholic School we uphold and teach pupils about the British Values as directed under Ofsted guidance, September 2014:
‘ ensure that they and the school promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles; and support and help, through their words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain’
We value the importance of and support the current Ofsted guidance. As educators we recognise we have a duty to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and to keep them safe.
As a Catholic School we actively promote values, virtues and ethics that shape our pupils' character and moral perspective through the teachings of the Church. We follow the example of the Good Samaritan where we are called to love and care for our neighbour. We ensure that through our school vision, ethos, agreed rules, curriculum and teaching we promote respect and tolerance for all cultures, faiths and lifestyles.
Through our RE, PSHE, RHE, Geography and Statements to Live By 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 curriculum we teach about democracy, civic responsibility, rules and laws, the monarchy, equality, values and virtues, environmental awareness and understanding of other faiths.
British Values are promoted throughout the school alongside our Catholic Values:
We actively promote and model democracy by:
- Providing our children with a broad knowledge of and promoting respect for public institutions and services eg. visits from Police, visits to care homes, supporting Open Arms orphanage, visits from Fire Service etc.
- Teaching children how they can influence decision making through the democratic process e.g. School council, suggestion boxes, Pupil questionnaires.
- Encouraging pupils to become involved in decision making processes and ensuring they are listened to in school e.g. school council, open door policy, consultation groups, sports leaders, liaison between staff and pupils, school prefects
- Teaching children how public services operate and how they are held to account through our PSHE Curriculum and visits from Police, School Nurses Etc.
- Modelling how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged e.g. by teaching about inspirational figures.
Rule of Law
We actively promote and model the rule of law by:
- Having three school rules which are school rules are clear and fair, taught, modelled and positively reinforced;
- Helping children to distinguish right from wrong e.g. by using the example of Christ when dealing with behaviour that is not acceptable.
- Promoting respect for the law and the basis on which it is made e.g. through visitors such as PCSOs, Police, Local Councillors into school.
- Helping children to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals e.g. through our RE curriculum, history themes such as 'Crime and Punishment';
- Having a behaviour policy that is linked to restorative justice e.g. that is based in the Christian value of forgiveness.
We actively promote and model individual liberty by:
- Supporting pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence e.g. through our Catholic ethos, our way of treating people, by investing heavily in meeting the needs of all of the children; providing equality of opportunity, by knowing an understanding the needs of all of the children.
- Encouraging pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour as well as knowing their rights, such as to be treated with respect and to feel safe in school - clear in our school rules and core values. We have a fair and consistent approach to the behaviour policy.
- Challenging stereotypes e.g. anti-bullying initiatives, themes of collective worship
- Implementing a strong anti-bullying culture
Respect and Tolerance:
We actively promote and model respect and tolerance by:
- Promoting respect for individual differences e.g. through assemblies and masses, the RE curriculum, multicultural and multifaith weeks, through our Catholic ethos.
- Helping children to acquire an understanding of and respect for their own and other cultures and ways of life e.g. through Geography, Connecting Classrooms, Religious Education, use of CAFOD resources in collective worship and RE.
- Organising visits to places of worship, openly discuss and celebrate the differences between people such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender and different family situations such as looked after children, young carers.
- Our weekly assemblies, daily prayers, RE lessons and Statements to Live By liturgies also uphold traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance.