In 2011 the UK government set out its definition of ‘British values’ in the 2011 Prevent Strategy:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Here at St Peter’s, we actively promote these values across school life. Our collective worship plan reinforces this. This involves values such as Respect, Fairness, Justice, Peace and Responsibility being key areas of focus for us during each term. It is through this work that the values really come to life. British values are also fostered through our ‘Curious Curriculum’.
Each year the children decide upon their class rules and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the class charter.
Our School Council is made up of pupils who our voted for by their classmates at the start of every academic year. To be considered for this role, each candidate must deliver a pre-prepared speech to their classmates, explaining why they feel they would be able to represent their class on the council. Two representatives from each class are chosen each year.
The School Council meet with staff on a fortnightly basis to discuss a wide range of matters all linked to school improvement and they have even visited Westminster in previous years to meet their local MP.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at St Peter’s.
Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from local figures of authority such as the Police, PCSOs and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
At St Peter’s, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety and PSHE lessons.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values as a school, with children learning that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community must treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
St Peter’s is unique as it is a join-faith school, with close links to both the Anglican & Methodist church. However, we also actively promote diversity through our celebrations of all faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others; members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.