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Promoting and Teaching British Values

The DfE have reinforced the need “to create and enforce a 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.”

Here are some of the ways we promote and embed British Values across the curriculum at St Paul’s:

  • Our whole school Values of Friendship & Cooperation, Achievement of Excellence, Integrity, Trust & Respect and Health & Wellbeing (Mnemonic FAITH) are promoted in assemblies, whole school events and across the curriculum.
  • We celebrate and promote the process of learning rather than just the outcome through our Learning Muscles and ‘good learner’ displays across the school, with characteristics such as problem solving, working together, and listening to others.
  • In class, children are encouraged to be independent, choosing and finding their own resources around the classroom to support their learning, promoting individual liberty.
  • Our school rules and behaviour management system are positively worded and demonstrate the importance of laws to protect all.
  • Our School Council selection is based on a democratic voting system within classes each year. The council then collects ideas, presents them at meetings, considers the viability and costs of proposals.
  • Peer to peer support systems and child-led responsibilities are used to promote individual liberty and mutual respect e.g. Y6 responsibilities across the school, sports play leaders, BFG programme.
  • Children are given the opportunity to express their own opinions through discussion, debates and written argument / persuasion texts linked to topics, stories or real-life events. For example, Year 4 learned about individual liberty through creating their own charters, having learned about the Magna Carta.
  • We hold themed days and weeks to learn about different cultures e.g. Children in Reception are immersed in the celebration of Chinese New Year over a whole week.
  • Children learn about the importance of laws in relation to a variety of topics, such as Road safety, Cycling safety (Year 5 & 6 Bikeability programme), Staying Safe Online and the order of hierarchy, power and laws of important periods in history.
  • Through our PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education) programme of study, our children learn strategies which help resolve conflict, ways to stop bullying, the importance of fairness and taking turns, tolerance of others’ views and how to manage friendships and relationships. This incorporates the Year 6 Junior Citizen programme, where children learn about the importance of laws, safety and individual liberty through a number of first-hand experiences.

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