In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values to ensure our young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard all people with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
At St Aloysius Catholic Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. For example various pupil questionnaires are completed in which the children are able to put forward their views about the school. All pupils have the opportunity to vote for their class representatives on the school council.
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 young pupils to make choices safety, through of provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety Policy and various themed weeks as part of our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural calendar. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities or which school meals they opt for each day, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
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 regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police; Fire Service etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
As a faith community, 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 treat each other with respect as we actively encourage children to live out our Mission Statement of ‘In Jesus we learn love and grow together’ on a daily basis. Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through all Collective Acts Of Worship, assemblies (both Key Stage and Whole School), and our Behaviour Policy.
Tolerance of Those With Different Faiths And Beliefs
St. Aloysius is situated in an area of an increasingly diverse cultural nature, although as a Catholic school we are fully aware of the importance of promoting tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE teaching also reinforces this, with two weeks given to the study of two other faiths (Judaism and Islam) in some detail. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.
At St. Aloysius we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.