St Edwards and British Values
We are a Catholic School. Our school mission statement is ‘Following Christ we reach our goals’. Through this, our school ethos encompasses and upholds our commitment to both British and Gospel values.
The government has set out its definition of British Values as:
- ·the rule of law
- ·individual liberty
- ·mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths
St Edwards and British Values
As a Catholic School we actively promote values, virtues and ethics that shape our pupils' character and moral perspective, through the teachings of the Church. Our staff, model to our pupils the values of the Catholic Church and Great Britain through their own behaviour and teach the values implicitly through every aspect of the curriculum, ensuring equality and excellence for all pupils.
Through our school ethos, we aim to ensure that our pupils:
- Are aware of what it means to be a good citizen prepared for life in 21st Century Multi Cultural Britain.
- Understand their responsibilities as citizens of a democratic society
- Have an awareness of British values and traditions.
- Maintain an awareness and respect for the culturally diverse society in which they live.
The Governing Body of our school also ensures that these values are reflected and implemented effectively in school policy and practice and that there are effective risk assessments in place to safeguard and promote students’ welfare.
Through our implicit and explicit curriculum, (particularly through; our behaviour policy, collective worship, circle time and through the subjects of PSHCE, RE, History, Geography. Modern Foreign Languages, and Literacy), we teach our pupils about democracy, personal and civic responsibility, rules and laws, the monarchy, equality, values and virtues, environmental awareness and respectful understanding of other faiths and ethnic cultures.
At St Edward’s, we actively model and promote democracy within our school, and this is achieved in a variety of ways, to ensure that our pupils are equipped to fulfil their responsibilities as citizens of a democracy and develop an application to value to how lucky they are living in a democratic society.
To promote the British Value of democracy we enable pupils to:
- Elect class representatives for the school council.
- Have the opportunity to voice opinions to help shape our schools heard in class, through our School Council Meetings and pupil questionnaires.
- Develop listening and responding skills through debates, which also promotes critical thinking, independent research and teamwork:
- Experience a broad knowledge of and promoting respect for public institutions and services e.g. Visits to Parliament, visits to/from Police and Fire Service.
- Understand how they can influence decision making through the democratic process e.g. School Council, questionnaires and suggestion boxes.
- Become involved in decision making processes and ensuring they are listened to in school e.g. school council, open door policy for head and deputy, consultation groups, liaison between staff and pupils.
- Attend visits to Parliament.
- Be aware of how public services operate and help society (Caritas Week).
- Have knowledge of inspirational figures such as Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Ghandi, Malala Yousafzai, Nelson Mandela, Cardinal Manning, Oscar Romero and Elizabeth Fry.
The Rule of Law
At St Edward’s, we actively model and promote the rule of law within our school, and this is achieved in a variety of ways, to ensure that our pupils comprehend why rules and laws are necessary in their classes and in our school and across society as a whole.
To promote the British Value of the rule of law, we enable pupils to:
- Have a clear understanding of the expectations we place upon them within our school rules through our consistent behaviour policy.
- Learn the value and reasons behind these laws: that they govern and protect them, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
- Helping children to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals.
- Contribute to the well-being of those in the locality and beyond, through many events such as supporting charities (organised by our Mini Vinnie group).
- Remember the expectations made upon them during when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies.
- Look at how the Ten Commandments are linked with British values and form the basis for laws in Great Britain.
- distinguish right from wrong e.g. by using the example of Christ when dealing with behaviour that is not acceptable
- Gain a respect for the law and the basis on which it is made e.g. through visitors such as police into school.
- Take responsibility for their actions by following the school behaviour policy that is linked to restorative justice e.g. that is based in the Christian value of forgiveness.
- Participate in Armistice Services within the community.
Student council at Central Park War Memorial Service 2018
Student council at Central Park War Memorial Service
At St Edward’s, we actively model and promote the individual liberty, by providing the opportunities for pupils to become positive and emotionally resilient with the knowledge and confidence to stand by their own convictions, whilst also respecting others. Through our provision of a safe learning environment, which enables us to educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely. Our pupils encouraged understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and learn how they can do so safely, during E-Safety and Circle Time sessions.
To promote the British Value of individual liberty, we enable pupils to:
- ·Make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment where adults are always ready to listen to them.
- ·Develop their self knowledge, self esteem and self confidence e.g. through our Catholic ethos and our way of treating people. Our Mini Vinnies are evidence of our children's own passion for helping others.
- ·Acknowledge the needs of all of the children, by providing equality of opportunity and by knowing and understanding the needs of all of the children.
- ·Take responsibility for their behaviour as well as knowing their rights e.g. through linking rights with responsibilities, by having a fair and consistent behaviour management policy.
- ·Challenge stereotypes e.g. visitors into school, disability awareness, anti-bullying week.
- · Implement a strong anti-bullying culture.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Belief
We at St Edward’s, are a multicultural school, united by our Catholic faith. We actively model and promote the Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Belief by providing the opportunities to learn about other cultures, as we as appreciate British traditions and customs, through themed assembly. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been further developed by supported learning in Black History Month, Geography, RE and PSHE and promotes global citizenship. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences to enhance learning within classes and the school. Our annual International Week we celebrate the culturally diversity of our school community. We value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these.
To promote the British Value of Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Belief, we enable pupils to:
- Develop a respect for individual differences e.g. through assemblies and masses, the RE curriculum, diversity of cultures represented in the school through our Catholic ethos.
- Acquire an understanding of and respect for their own and other cultures and ways of life e.g. through Geography, International Links, Religious Education and Multicultural awareness e.g. French Day and the International Day of European Language.
- Visit important religious sites and places of worship Churches, Cathedral, Jewish Museum, synagogues, mandirs, gurdwara and residential visits to Rome.
- Discuss and celebrate the differences between people such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender and different family situations.