In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures 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.
The Key Values are:
We have our own school council with elected representatives from Year 2 upwards.
All children are able to put themselves forward to their classmates. A ballot is held and pupils are voted for.
All children are encouraged to debate topics of interest, express their views and make a meaningful contribution to the running of the school on matters that directly involve pupils.
Children also have a voice via the classroom ‘Listen to me’ boxes where they can raise concerns and share ideas.
Pupils also have the opportunity to have their voices heard through pupil questionnaires and pupil conferences.
Our school behaviour policy involves rewards which the pupils have discussed.
The principle of democracy is explored in the History and RE curriculum as well as in assemblies.
Pupils are actively involved in the selection processes of new staff by coming up with their own questions and 'interviewing candidates'.
Rule of Law
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. Our system for behaviour is aligned to an agreed code.
We have ‘Christian Values’ and high expectations, which are deeply embedded in our work every day. Rules and expectations are clear, fair and regularly promoted. Each class also discusses and sets its own expectations that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment.
Pupils are helped to distinguish right from wrong.
Pupils are helped to respect the law. They 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.
Pupils are helped to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals.
Visits from authorities such as the Police; Fire Service; Ambulance etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
The Behaviour and Anti-Bullying policies encourage the restorative justice process to resolve conflict.
The school has zero-tolerance for any form of aggression, abuse or violence, which extends to pupils, staff and parents/carers.
We are committed to praising children’s efforts. Children are rewarded not only for achievement in curriculum areas, but also for behaviour. Rewards are given in the form of stickers, house points and certificates. Children’s achievements are also recognised during Celebration Assemblies.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged, and given the freedom to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
For example, by signing up for extra-curricular clubs, choosing the level of challenge in some lessons and becoming increasingly more involved in child-led learning. A further example is where foundation stage children have the opportunity to choose their extended learning through adult guided, child initiated play.
As a school we educate and provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment, a planned curriculum and an empowering education.
Pupils are supported to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence, for example, through our My Happy Mind sessions (PSHE).
Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour, for example through our Forest School provision (EYFS), or through e-safety and most recently, through their own risk management with the introduction of our OPAL project (KS2 Spring 2023).
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, e.g. through e-safety teaching and PSHE lessons.
Freedom of speech is modelled through encouraging pupil participation.
Vulnerable pupils are protected and stereotypes challenged.
A strong anti-bullying culture is embedded in the school.
Pupils have key roles and responsibilities in school e.g. Year 5/6 Playground Pals/Play Coaches (OPAL), Anti Bullying Ambassadors, E-Safety Group etc.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
Respect is one of the core values of our school. This can be seen and felt in our pervading ethos in school. The pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small.
The school strongly promotes respect for individual differences.
Pupils are helped to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life.
Staff and pupils are encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
Actively promoting our values also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental values, including ‘extremist’ views.
Links and visits are promoted with local faith communities and places of worship. E.g. Members of different faiths or religions are invited to school to share their knowledge and enhance learning within assemblies and in class.
Through the PSHE and RE curriculums pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations, such as looked after children or young carers.
Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudiced-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE.
We follow the Blackburn Diocese Agreed syllabus for RE and use the My Happy Mind materials to enhance PSHE teaching.
We offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected and global dimension work embedded in many of our Creative Curriculum Topics.
What is SMSC?
Pupils’ spiritual development is shown by their:
Pupils’ moral development is shown by their:
Pupils’ social development is shown by their:
Pupils’ cultural development is shown by their:
Within God’s love for everyone, Our school family is committed to serve by:
- celebrating everyone’s unique God-given talents;
- giving the best of ourselves for all the world;
- doing all the good we can together.