British Values

DfE have recently reinforced the need '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.'

At Christ Church School CE these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

Democracy

At Christ Church school each year the children decide upon their class monitors who will be responsible for the jobs in the classroom and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the selecting of the monitors.

We also have a School Council which meets every month with the Headteacher to discuss issues raised in class council meetings which take place every week. The council has its own budget and is genuinely able to effect change within the school. There are many examples of this which are outlined in our online SMSC Grid. Every child on the student council submits an application outlining why they are the best person for the job and then is voted in by their class depending on their application. This is a perfect opportunity for children’s voices to be heard.

Children have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Christ Church CE School.

Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. These are our Diamond rules, Playground Rules and Safety Rules which are displayed all around the school to remind our children.

Our reward and sanction systems are based around the rules. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.

Children are taught about rules in their RE and PATHS lessons and are taught why they are important. Year 6 have been looking at the 10 commandments and how they play a part in the law of our country. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service, which happens at least once a year, helps reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

At Christ Church 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 informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety and PATHS lessons.

Children not only are encouraged to make decisions about their safety but also through the curriculum, they are given opportunities to choose their own topic which they would like to explore, they can also make decisions about their next steps in their learning with guidance. Furthermore they can choose what extra- curricular activities they would like to take part in.

The student council for each class also has time during the week in which they listen to the children’s ideas in the class and what they need in school and reiterate this information to the Headteacher.

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the center 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.

Our school Diamond Rules reinforces this idea: Show good manners at all times and care for everything and everyone.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Christ Church School is a multi-cultural school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures, eg. through Christmas, Diwali and Eid Celebrations and a collective worship.

Religious Education lessons and PATHS lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.

Visitors are regularly invited through our RE lessons so children get a better understanding of each other’s faith. The children visit places of worship to give them a better insight. Each week our collective worship has a theme based on values from all faiths and our Chair of Governors/Headteacher explore Christian beliefs each Monday in their assembly.

Examples of Teaching British Values

In the Autumn term, Year 6 pupils have undertaken a fascinating topic about World War II and the impact that the military had in fighting for the British Empire. They also learnt about Life on the Home Front, from the bombs of the Blitz to the preparations for invasion. This coincided with the annual Poppy Day celebrations where children purchased poppies and a minute's silence was held in a specially created assembly for the school.

Year 2’s topic includes looking at the Great Fire of London.

Year 3 have focussed on the Stone Age, Bronze Age and the Iron Age and how they have helped to shape civilisation as it stands today.

Year 4 have been learning about the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons and how they played a part in British History. Year 4 did a lot of exciting activities with this topic which included a day spent acting out what a life was like as an Anglo-Saxon.

Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed their topic on the Ancient Greeks looking at democracy and the impact that Greek architecture and philosophy has to this very day.

As a whole school, we have also celebrated Inter-Faith and Cultural Week. The children displayed utmost respect and understanding for different faiths and cultures. The week consisted of visits to places of worship as well as visitors coming in to speak to the children. The grand finale showcase on the final day proved it was a huge success.

Further British Values information can be seen in our curriculum overviews and our SMSC grid.