20 Mar


Promoting BRITISH Values The government has recently 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 2014.

At St Ethelbert’s these values are reinforced regularly and in the following way. 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 traffic light system support our children to follow the rule of law out of school hours. Supported by visits by Police, Border Force, Lifeguards, Fire Brigade, to name but a few, give our children the best start in life in why it is best to follow the rules.

Democracy. The children at St Ethelbert’s have a voice that the school responds to in the following way. Each year classes vote for their council members. The School and Eco council meet as a body every term and discuss the needs and aspirations as a 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 displayed in the corridor for every child, member of staff, parents and governors to read.

The school now has a Sports PE Council, which is developing. 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 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 aided in ways to exercise these safely, for example through our Religious Education programme The Way the Truth and the Life, E-Safety and PSHE lessons.

Opportunities abound within the School to participate in our numerous extracurricular clubs and activities. Always keeping in mind that the children can make the choice to participate or not. 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 in an area of social and economic deprivation.

We have many pupils from overseas and Europe. 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 under the sky. Through Assemblies, we celebrate the many different countries our children come from, with visitors of different faiths and tradition invited to teach us about their values and faith practices. Each year we have visitors from Japan who share many of their cultures and beliefs with us.

The school is directed to teach about – Judaism every year, and Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam on a rotating basis every year – by the Archbishop, as part of the Catholic RE scheme. The school prefers to ask visitors to help with this 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.

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