Promoting Fundamental British Values at St. Nicholas Priory CE VA Primary School.
Our school reflects British values. We aim to be at the heart of the community, sharing, supporting and learning together with everyone as equals. Our children are entitled to high quality learning experiences to enable them to be the best they can be.
We encourage our children to be creative, confident, open-minded, independent and unique individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world.
We aim to nurture our children in their journey through life so they can grow into caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British Society and to the world.
The Government want schools , “ 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. “ These are called BRITISH VALUES and we at the school reinforce them regularly with our children.
AT ST Nicholas Priory, democracy is taken very seriously. Children are encouraged to have a voice and share their views and opinions regularly. Children are encouraged to undertake positions of responsibility in their classes and in the whole school. Learning Ambassadors regularly reflect on their learning and teaching through meetings with staff and involvement in assemblies. Governors meet with pupils during Governor Strategy days to gather their views.
THE RULE OF LAW
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Children are taught the value and reasons behind laws and rules, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences of actions when laws and rules are broken. Our school rules, rewards and sanctions are displayed in all classrooms and referred to regularly.
Within school, children are actively encouraged to make the right decisions and choices, knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment.. At school we educate and provide boundaries for young children to take risks and make choices safely. Children are encouraged to exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised on their rights through the PATHS curriculum and E safety lessons for example. Our curriculum encourages ownership of, and reflecting on learning by each pupil. Participation in our range of clubs and extra curricular activities, encourages the notion of personal choice and freedom
As a Church of England school, mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. ALL members of the school community are constantly encouraged to treat each other with respect and the core value of respect is reinforced by the daily Act of Worship.
TOLERANCE OF THOSE WITH DIFFERENT FAITHS AND BELIEFS
Our school is culturally diverse and therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity and tolerance of, through a well planned assembly programme and the RE curriculum. Our PATHS curriculum reinforce the need for tolerance. Although Christianity is the core belief of the school, other faiths and religions are taught to the children.
At St Nicholas Priory we strive for our children to become positive, happy members of society. Our curriculum and variety of activities enhance the ethos behind the Prevent Strategy and reinforcing British values:
- WE challenge prejudices and racist comments and actions
- Learn about different religions through RE and Acts of Corporate Worship
- Develop a strong, positive self esteem for all pupils
- Promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils
- Promote British values through our curriculum and range of school activities
- Constantly ensure the safety and well being of all pupils in our care
- We will actively challenge children, staff , parents, visitors and any stakeholders who express opinions, or act in any way, contrary to our beliefs and values, including those expressing “ extremist “ views.