Our faith and Christian values enable us to accept and welcome all members of our own faith and those of other faith traditions and enable us all to share our values regardless of nationality, race or religion.
We are committed to:
- giving children the opportunity to explore values and beliefs including religious beliefs, and the way in which they impact on people’s lives.
- encouraging children to explore and develop what animates themselves and others.
- giving children the opportunity to understand human feelings and emotions, the way they impact on people and how an understanding of them can be helpful.
- developing a climate or ethos within which all children can grow and flourish, respect others and be respected.
- accommodating difference and respecting the integrity of individuals.
- promoting teaching styles which value children’s questions and give them space for their own thoughts, ideas and concerns.
- enabling children to make connections between aspects of their learning.
- encouraging children to relate their learning to a wider frame of reference – asking ‘why’, ‘how’, and ‘where’, as well as ‘what’ and ‘when’.
All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our Religion and PSHE lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding.
What are British Values?
The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools.
Actively promoting ‘British Values’ also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’ views.
At our school, values of tolerance and respect permeate all areas of school life and are reinforced by our Christian values. This engenders a climate within which pupils feel safe and secure and facilitates the fulfilment of potential.
Pupil voice plays an integral part in driving the school forward and school rules at different levels are seen as the foundation upon which this can be achieved.
The government set out its definition of British values in the ‘Prevent Strategy’:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty Mutual
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.