15 Mar

Promoting British Values, the government has stated the need “to create and enforce 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”. The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated in 2018.

The school also has its own Gospel Values which encompass the British Values – Faith, Humility, Truth, Forgiveness, Dignity and Service. At St Ethelbert’s these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

Rule of Law   The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or the country are consistently reinforced throughout the school day. At St Ethelbert’s we have Christian values to support the rule of law. Following the beatitudes, school rules, class rules and the Behaviour Policy supports our children to follow the rule of law. Visits by Police, Border Force, Lifeguards, Rail Safety and the Fire Brigade, to name but a few, give our children the best start in life and why it is best to follow the rules. Restorative justice is used to help the children to be thoughtful and empathetic citizens.

Democracy   The children at St Ethelbert’s have a voice that the school responds to in the following ways. Each class votes for their council members. The School Council and Eco Council meet as a body every term and discuss the needs and aspirations of the school. Children from Year 1 to Year 6 attend the meetings with ideas and suggestions. Fundraising, working with local community and school improvements are high on the list of priorities. Minutes of every meeting are read out in class. The school now has a Sports PE Leadership Team.

Individual Liberty   At St Ethelbert’s pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school, we educate and provide spiritual and moral values to enable our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering the children with a good quality of education. Pupils are supported to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and in how to exercise these safely, for example through our Religious Education programme The Way the Truth and the Life, E-Safety, PSHE lessons and specialist SEND interventions. There are many opportunities within the school life to participate in our numerous extracurricular clubs and activities. (Always keeping in mind that the children can make the choice to participate or not).  The Behaviour Policy is used to teach mutual respect.

Mutual Respect  As a caring, Christian school, 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

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs St Ethelbert’s is very important in an area of social and economic deprivation. We have many pupils from overseas. We place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. We celebrate all that is different and recognise that we are all God’s children. Through Assemblies, we celebrate the many different countries our children come from, with visitors of different faiths and traditions invited to teach us about their values and faith practices. Visitors share many of their cultures and beliefs with us.

The school is directed to teach about the following religions: Judaism is taught every year in Term 1, and Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam, on a rotating annual basis, every year in Term 6– as part of the Catholic Religious Education scheme. The school likes to ask knowledgeable visitors to help with this ‘other faiths’ teaching wherever possible. At St Ethelbert’s we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental human values. There is no tolerance for extremist views whatsoever.

The school has a specific plan to teach these values in our Curriculum Map as well as the experienced staff teaching the values frequently and as the need arises.

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