Promoting and Teaching British Values
“I have called you by your name. You are mine.”
As God’s children,
we learn, achieve and succeed together.
We touch the lives of others by our faith, prayers, words and actions.
St Swithun Wells’ vision is active and drives all that we do in school, including the promotion of British Values. Our welcome to families and visitors, support of all our pupils and the work we do to reach out to others is key to our school’s inclusive ethos. We want people to experience and see Christ within our community and our pupils. We promote gospel values of faith, tolerance, forgiveness, kindness and respect of others and want our pupils to grow up to be hardworking, independent in thought, have a developed understanding of what is right and wrong, be good citizens and find Christ in everyone.
Our vision is shared with all out pupils, staff and Governors and revisited annually to maintain both the shared understanding of the vision and ensure that it is actively lived out within the school community.
The DfE has recently reinforced the need for schools to “promote the fundamental British values of:
- the rule of law,
- individual liberty
- mutual respect and
- tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
There are many practical examples of how this happens every day in school:
- Children learn about the democracy in history and PSHE lessons and throughout the year classes will discuss and then vote on different choices eg which book to read as a class.
- All children from years 2-6 take part each half term in our School Parliament where they have the opportunity to share their views. These views are then shared with staff and alongside Year 6 pupils decisions made to address issues and views raised.
- Children in Year 6 apply to become School Leaders. Once selected they have the opportunity to plan events and decide on a charity or cause to support.
- At election times, classes will engage in discussions around topics which promote the common good of all people.
THE RULE OF LAW
- We consistently reinforce our high expectations of all pupils along with developing their understanding of the value and reasons behind our expectations (rules).
- Pupils are taught that everyone has a responsibility to behave well and that there are consequences when rules are broken.
- Within school, children are actively encouraged to make informed choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
- Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms, for example through our e-safety and PSHE lessons. They also understand that with rights come responsibilities.
- All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
- Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy revolves around core values such as respect, truthfulness and self-discipline.
- Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others.
- We actively encourage the children to discuss how we can demonstrate mutual respect during our Class Worships and assemblies.
TOLERANCE OF THOSE OF DIFFERENT FAITHS AND BELIEFS
- While it is our primary intention to show children how to develop their own spirituality and their relationship with God, we also explore the teachings and philosophies of other world faiths.
- Children understand the need for tolerance in all aspects of life and we always seek to find similarities rather than differences through the teaching of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others.
- We also explore the diversity in our school community. Children of different faiths and religions are also encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within our classes and the school.
- We aim to enhance children’s understanding of different faiths and beliefs by teaching and learning about a range of cultures and religions through our creative curriculum.
- The children have opportunities for learning greetings in different languages and experiencing celebrations from a variety of cultures.
Please see SMSC document to see how we have promoted British Values and SMSC.