At St James Primary School, we actively take opportunities to teach British values which are defined as: ∙ democracy ∙ rule of law ∙ individual liberty ∙ mutual respect ∙ tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires and the elections of the pupil council are based solely on pupil votes. Class rules are devised and agreed by every member of a class. Pupils are also given opportunities to put themselves forward for other responsibilities within the school such as playground buddies, litter monitors and library monitors.
Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Our RHSE Curriculum teaches pupils the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Fire Service and the police are regular parts of our calendar and help to reinforce this message.
Within school, 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 choices confidently and safely. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely. This is explored, for example, through our E-Safety curriculum and PSHE lessons. Throughout the academic year, pupils are offered the opportunity to participate in numerous extra-curricular clubs, workshops and events which allow them to exercise their individual choice.
Our Christian values of Love, Unity and Respect are central to every aspect of the children’s learning. These values allow us to talk about how we learn, foster excellent behaviour and give the children lifelong skills. Pupils follow these values in every aspect of school life and have previously been part of discussions and assemblies related to what these values mean and how they are shown. Displays around the school promote these values and they are reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At St James C of E Primary School, we value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and, where possible, members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within their classes and the whole school. Our RE and PSHE curriculum have designated topic areas to focus on and celebrate similarities and differences in other faiths and beliefs and pupils are provided with opportunities to visit various religious places of worship throughout the school. Assemblies, themed weeks and workshops offer pupils enriched experiences to deepen their understanding, tolerance and knowledge of our culturally diverse society.
To see how we promote the British Values across the curriculum, click here.