In 2014 the Department for Education 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.”
At St. Michael’s it has long been part of our school ethos and mission to promote values that compliment our Christian foundation as well as preparing our children for life. We firmly believe in promoting the Fundamental British Values as outlined in the Government’s guidelines where it is further stated:
- “Pupils must be encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance.”
- “It is expected that pupils should understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’.
At St. Michael’s these values are reinforced regularly and are evidenced in the following ways:
- At St. Michael’s the pupils have developed a good understanding of our country, its history and our customs, values, democracy, law, liberty, respect and tolerance. Furthermore, through the teaching of the national curriculum subjects such as Religious Education, Worship, History and Personal Social Citizenship Health Education (PSHCE) the children have developed an all round understanding of the Values and can link them to our school values and life skills.
- Pupil governance and leadership, through the School Council, School Ambassadors, and Head Boys and Girls Leadership enables pupils to have the opportunity to see how their democratic voice affects the school. All pupils in our school belong to a ‘School House’, which engenders respect, tolerance and a team spirit. All of these factors contribute to the successful fundamental British Values embedded within our school.
We have read the Government’s Paper on “Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in Schools” (November 2014). Please click on the following link to see the Departmental advice for maintained schools from the Department for Education.
Please click on the following link to read how the curriculum at St. Michael’s actively promotes an understanding of fundamental values:
Each week we look at a fundamental ‘British Value’ and incorporate it into our end of Worship and also in class discussion and a time that is set aside for ‘British Values’ . We have introduced a visual cue card in line with the subject visual cue cards we have in place so that the children build up their familiarity with this aspect of education.