British Values

 

British Values…Gospel Values!

In 2013 the Department for Education reinforced

“Keeping our children safe and ensuring schools prepare them for life in modern Britain could not be more important. This change is an important step towards ensuring we have a strong legal basis for intervening in those schools where this is an issue. The vast majority of schools already promote British values. This is about making sure we have the tools we need to intervene if children are being let down.”

Schools are required to actively promote and not undermine “British Values”

The government has set out its definition of British Values as:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

This is a Catholic School which seeks to live out the values of Jesus Christ. We promote these values by our words and deeds, and Catholic doctrine and practice therefore permeates every aspect of the school's activity. We provide a Catholic curriculum, which is broad and balanced, recognising that every pupil is unique and is created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). Our curriculum is designed to enable every pupil to discern their vocation and to be well-equipped to follow it as active citizens in service to the world. Catholic Religious Education is the "core of the core curriculum" (Pope St John Paul II) and the foundations of the entire educational process. We also provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities and strong pastoral support. We incorporate democratic principles, value and the rule of law, support individual liberty and foster a community in which different faiths and beliefs are respected.

 

Pupils at St John Fisher School discussed how they think British Values are promoted at school. Here are their responses:

 

Democracy

Team Captains

Votes for class rewards

Votes for table names

Establishing class rules

 

Rule of Law

Being kind to others

Following school rules

Looking after school property

Treating people how we want to be treated

Not speaking when someone else is speaking

Not answering back 

 

Liberty

Free speech

The right to go to school

The right to show our feelings

Free from bullying

The right to voice our opinions

Free from abuse

The right to be independent

Able to show who we really are

Free from being disturbed/distracted

Free to express our talents

 

Mutual Respect

Eye contact

Helping those in need

Looking after our property/others

Asked to do jobs or favours

Taking care of others

Helping teachers by concentrating on our work

Being calm

Making sure everyone is involved

Making sure everyone is safe