Promoting British Values
Love: “Do everything with love”. (Corinthians 16:14)
Friendship: “Encourage one another and build each other up”. (Thessalonians 5:11)
Compassion: “Be kind to one another”. (Ephesians 4:32)
Respect: “Treat others as you want to be treated”. (Luke 6:31)
At St Chad's, we are committed to building a loving, compassionate and respectful community in which every child can flourish. We believe that schools have a moral purpose and that we should encourage our children to become responsible, well-rounded individuals who contribute positively to school life, home life and life in the community.
The government defines British Values as:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
These values are aligned with the school's core values and are promoted and supported throughput the curriculum and through our attitudes and relationships. Values are learned through a combination of practice and explicit teaching: our collective worships play an integral role in this. Children learn what values are, how to recognise them, how people react to them, equipping them with invaluable social skills and emotional intelligence. Children also learn about values through everyday interactions with everyone in the school community. It is through modelling positive behaviours and values that we can all understand our expectations of each other and how we all want to be treated.
Some of the ways that we promote British values include:
- Collective Worships: quality texts are carefully selected to support and develop children's emotional literacy.
- School Council: children regularly lead on school surveys, debates and decision making.
- Curriculum: RE lessons provide opportunities to learn about many different faiths and beliefs. PSHE lessons focus on rights, responsibilities and making good choices.
- Collective worships cover stories from many faiths and cultures.
- Circle times and restorative conversations are used to bring issue out into the open and strengthen relationships.
- Theme weeks are planned.
- Enrichment opportunities e.g. visiting local places of worship.