Promoting British Values at St Monica Primary School
St Monica Primary School is committed to serving its community and surrounding areas. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith nature of the United Kingdom and understand the crucial role our school plays in promoting these values.
We encourage admissions from all those entitled to education under British law regardless of faith, ethnicity, sexuality, political or financial status. We are a school for all.
This statement outlines the key British Values we actively promote.
The Department for Education state that there is a 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 were reiterated by the Prime Minister in 2014. At St Monica Primary School these values are reinforced regularly in the following ways.
These values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE) and Religious Education (RE). We also teach British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum.
The school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through our assemblies and whole school systems and structures such as electing and running a successful School Council, House Captains system and Senior Pupil Leadership Team. We also actively promotes the British Values through ensuring our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values. Actively promoting British Values also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
At St Monica Primary School we uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as:
Rule of Law
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through the School Council, class discussions and Pupil Questionnaires. The elections of members are based on pupil votes – following campaigns for elections, polling day (supported by Southampton City Council Democratic Services) and the Mayor investing the elected members.
The children actively work to live and learn by the St Monica 6 C’s and the positive traffic light style behaviour system that is displayed in each classroom and is actively used to influence, reward and acknowledge others’ behaviour. This is celebrated weekly with parents as ‘stars of the week’.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. Our positive behaviour system is aligned to an agreed set of standards and expectations and has a clear path of consequences mapped out for children to follow should they make the wrong choice. Standards and expectations are clear. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws and rules, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when the laws/rules are broken. Visits from the authorities such as the police and PCSOs and fire service are regular parts of our calendar and 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 our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment, a planned curriculum and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand their rights and exercise their personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely. This includes our e-safety teaching and PSHE lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs, choosing the level of challenge in lessons and are becoming increasingly more involved in child led learning (life without levels). The 6C’s and ‘Inspire-Endeavour-Achieve’ are embodied in all that we do in our school.
Respect is a central value across the school. The pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone whatever difference we may have. Respect at St Monica Primary School underpins our work every day both in and out of the classroom. Children and adults alike, including visitors are challenged if they are disrespectful in any way. The 6C values are highly visible in and around the school and can be seen in pupil’s work, posters, signs and rewards as part of our Positive
Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policy.
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity in our local community. Assemblies, visitors leading workshops and discussions involving prejudices and prejudiced based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE through a broad and balanced curriculum covering a range of faiths, cultures and religions. We use the opportunities such as the Olympics and World Cup to study and learn about life and culture in countries who participate. Celebrations of an international nature as a whole school encourage children to research and discover differences and similarities between us and other countries are planned.