Promoting British values
The Department for Education states that there is a 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”.
The Department for Education defines British Values as follows:
- Respect for democracy and support or participation in the democratic process
- Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England
- Support for equality of opportunity for all
- Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law
- Respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs
St Barnabas CE VC Primary School is committed to serving its community and we believe it is essential that these British Values permeate through every aspect of the school. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi faith and changing nature of the United Kingdom and understand the vital role we have in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation.
At St Barnabas you will experience these values throughout our everyday school life. Ofsted stated that “the promotion of spiritual, moral, social and cultural values, knowledge and understanding is central to all the school does”.
Our Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools (SIAS) report in June 2018 recognised us as an ‘Good’ Church of England School. Our report states that “Christian values are at the heart of all the school does and are reflected in the welcoming, inclusive environment where diversity and difference are celebrated and respected.”
Our school values of friendship, justice, peace, respect, trust and unity underpin the British Values and we believe that our Christian identity also plays an important role in maintaining the British Values within our school community.
Pupil voice is very strong at St Barnabas. Our pupil elected school council play a significant role in improving their school. They are elected by their class peers at the beginning of every year and are involved in making St Barnabas an even better place to learn and play. We also have representative groups which form our Shine Crew, Sports Leaders and Digital Leaders. Pupil surveys, questionnaires and interviews are also conducted throughout the year and this feedback forms a vital part of our school self-evaluation and improvement plan. By providing our pupils with an active and valued voice within their school we aim to provide them with an understanding of what democracy is, how it works and how they participate now and in the future.
The learners at St Barnabas will encounter rules and laws throughout their lives. We want our pupils to understand that whether these laws govern their class, their school, their neighbourhood or the country, they are set for good reasons and must be followed. Through PSHE lessons, our curriculum and collective worship we reinforce the importance of rules in ensuring fairness, safety, equality and happiness.
The involvement of our learners in the creation of the school rules helps them to understand the reasons behind rules and the consequences if rules are broken. Through the mindful approach of our Jigsaw PSHE lessons, we provide plentiful opportunities to debate and discuss the reasons behind laws so children can recognise the importance of these for their own protection. We have weekly visits from our PCSOs and welcome visits from members of the wider community.
Individual liberty :
We create a positive culture at St Barnabas, so our learners are in a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged. We always encourage children to drive their own learning, challenge themselves, have a growth mindset and determine their own learning journey.
We offer a range of clubs which pupils have the freedom to choose from, based on their interests. Through our E-Safety, philosophy and Jigsaw sessions, we educate children on their rights and personal freedoms as well as supporting them in recognising how to exercise these freedoms safely. At St Barnabas we believe that valuing freedom and choice in daily school life will foster a value for individual liberty as the children embark upon their journey into adulthood.
At St Barnabas we have rich variety of heritage backgrounds and a range of languages spoken, our pupils learn together with absolute respect for each other.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs:
St Barnabas is situated in the inner city. We are fortunate to be part of a diverse community which we respect and celebrate. Whilst we are a Church of England School, we offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are learnt about and respected. Parents and leaders of different faiths are welcomed to the school to share their beliefs, while we also visit numerous places of worship. At St Barnabas we understand that trust and tolerance is gained through knowledge and understanding. We attempt to demonstrate tolerance and help children to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens through our community curriculum and the routines of our daily school life. We hope these experiences will provide our pupils with the skills and dispositions to build a better Britain for the future.