The DfE have recently reinforced the 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, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
In line with the Department for Education’s five-part definition, we promote the following British values at St. Mary's CEP:
• The rule of law
• Individual liberty
• Mutual respect
• Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At St. Mary's CEP, pupils will encounter these principles throughout everyday school life. In particular, our promotion of spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding is where these values are explicitly taught in a range of ways including:
- Reflection/circle times
- Enrichment afternoons
- Themed curriculum units (such as Black History Month’).
- Whole school Collective Worship themes
- School Council
- Pupil voice (pupil conferencing)
Additionally, the values are taught in our RE and PSHE curriculum providing children with real and meaningful opportunities to explore these values. At St. Mary's, we are certain that the active promotion of British Values means that children are enabled to develop a sense of community and begin to develop their understanding of their role and responsibilities within it.