CHISLEHURST CE BRITISH VALUES STATEMENT
St Nicholas CE Primary School is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally influence them whether that be by deliberate act or their own background.
It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. St Nicholas CE School is dedicated to preparing students for the next stage of their education and adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its pupils.
The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The five British Values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
St Nicholas CE uses strategies within the National Curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students. The examples that follow show some of the many ways we seek to embed British values.
Processes of democracy are taught through action; all classes elect their own school council representatives through a voting process, with candidates required to put forward a manifesto. Key Stage 2 classes also elect their own ‘house captains’ for each of our 4 house teams. Class rules are debated or discussed and agreed upon within the principles of the whole school rules. The premises is used as a polling station for local national and European elections, and at that time the older pupils are taught about the electoral process. All Year 6 pupils have designated roles that encourage responsibility and respect.
RULE OF LAW
High expectations govern the classes, learning environments and wider school community. The school council debate and amend the school’s anti-bullying policy and code of conduct ‘The Effective Learner’ annually. Transition processes for secondary school include visits from Transport for London and Police/PCSOs to explain expectations and the legal processes involving the age of criminal responsibility. All pupils leave having undertaken the ‘Junior Citizens’ one- day programme.
Pupils make individual choices within a safe, secure, supportive environment whilst understanding the limitations on these to enable the smooth running of the school for the benefit of the whole community. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and how to do so safely through continued reinforcement of, for example, e-safety and circle time. The school council collects individual views from classes, debates the ideas raised, formulates actions which impact on the learning and lives of children while in school. Our annual visit from the Bromley Life Bus for all classes has a programme related to rights and responsibilities within it, and making healthy choices.
The school’s ‘ Anti-Bullying Policy’ and ‘Behaviour policy’ support this.
Reinforced by the positive role models and interaction of staff at all levels and visiting members of the community. The school’s weekly acts of worship and RE themes emphasise core values and promote mutual respect of people of all cultures and faiths. Classroom displays support the themes, as do opportunities for prayer boards and RE displays. Children frequently undertake fundraising for local, national and international charities, both through school-focussed charity events and sometimes under their own initiatives.
TOLERANCE OF DIFFERENT FAITHS AND BELIEFS
St Nicholas CE follows the Rochester RE syllabus which includes programmes of study involving all faiths. Regular visits, and visitors including Jewish, Hindu and Muslim parents support the children’s learning. We learn about other festivals including Dawali, Hannukah and Chinese New Year.
The British Values sit alongside our core Christian Values, which are: Friendship, Hope, Endurance, Humility and Compassion.