As of September 2014, the Ofsted Handbook has expanded the definitions of Spiritual, Social, Moral and Cultural to include the presence of British values such as tolerance, understanding of others, democracy, respect and acceptance of the rule of law and individual liberty.
The school curriculum at Seaton St. Paul’s CE Junior School is appropriately broad and balanced to help prepare our young people for life in modern Britain by actively promoting fundamental British values. These universal principles are taught explicitly through PSHCE and RE, as well as daily collective worship and whole school systems such as electing and running a successful School Council. At our school British Values are reinforced regularly in the following ways:
Democracy is ubiquitous within our school. Each year all children decide on their class charter and the rights associated with it. Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a proactive School Council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised by other pupils. The School Council members are voted in by their class. Children have an annual questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school, their learning and their safety.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws and rules, whether governing the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day, with class routines, the management of behaviour and through daily Collective Worship. Children are taught the value and reasons behind laws, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. To encourage and promote good behaviour, attitude and work, we commit to praising children’s efforts informally, individually, during group work, in front of the class and the whole school. Children’s efforts, achievements and good choices are recognised weekly in Celebration Assemblies.
Children are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a supportive environment. As a school we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and advised how to exercise these safely, for example, through regular e-safety teaching, daily Collective Worship and PSHCE lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices- through choice of learning challenge, of how they enquire and record, and of participation in our extra- curricular clubs and opportunities.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
At Seaton St. Paul’s CE Junior School we place a great emphasis on promoting the concept of diversity with the children and enhancing understanding of their place in a culturally diverse UK. Collective Worship is planned to address this issue directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHCE teaching reinforces this. We ensure that people of different faiths, beliefs and cultures are invited and welcomed into our school. Throughout their time in school, children have the opportunity to visit a range of places of worship. We use sporting and current events (such as the Olympics and important news headlines) to learn about life and culture in a range of countries.
At our school we actively challenge any pupils, staff or parents who may express opinions contrary to fundamental British Values.
A Visit from Imran
We were lucky enough to meet Imran, a practicing Muslim, who came to visit our school to talk about life as a Muslim in modern Britain. He told the children all about his family, his daily routine, and the Five Pillars of Islam. We decided that fasting would be the most difficult one to do!
The children asked Imran some excellent quesitons and found his visit fascinating.
Thank you Imran for teaching us about your religion and culture.
British Values Day
Seaton St. Paul's CE Junior School celebrated British Values Day! Mrs Heap introduced the special British Values in assembly time and we discussed what they all meant. Importantly, we discussed why it is essential for us to follow the fundamental British Values to ensure our country is a welcoming, safe and inclusive place to be.
Children moved to each classroom at different times of the day and learnt about each of the British Values. The children had opportunities for discussion, questions and high-level thinking about events in our country.
We had great fun and gained an extremely important understanding!
The whole school participated in Parliament Day. We learned about parliament, the government and democracy. Some children learned about The Suffragettes and their fight for equality; others held a debate in their classrooms. Here are some Year 5 children taking part in a democratic vote!
Year 6 Magistrates' Court Visit
To support our learning about British Values and the Rule of Law, Year 6 had a very interesting visit to the Magistrate's Court. We learned lots of new information and asked many mature and thoughtful questions. We had the opportunity to take part in a mock court case about Cyber- Bullying. We got to play the roles of lawyers, solicitors, magistrates, witnesses, victims and the accused. The magistrates commented on how well- behaved and mature our children were. Well done, everybody!
Safer Internet Day
As part of Safer Internet Day, Year 6 worked in groups to create a 'Diamond Nine', a set of nine rules to make the internet a safer place. We ordered them from most important to least important.