Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

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Curriculum  »  British Values

British Values and preparation for life in Modern Britain
What this all means at Sacred Heart
At Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School we uphold and teach pupils about the British Values as directed under Ofsted guidance, September 2014:
‘ ensure that they and the school promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles; and support and help, through their words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain’

We value the importance of and support the current Ofsted guidance. As educators we recognise we have a duty to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and to keep them safe. 

As part of our RE curriculum we teach the children about mutual respect of others and how other faiths practise. We value all our children as part of a diverse and integrated school community.

RE makes a key educational contribution to pupils' explorations of British values
Our excellent Teaching of Religious Education enables pupils to learn to think for themselves about British values. Questions about whether social and moral values are best described as ‘British values’ or seen as more universal human values will continue to be debated, but for the purposes of teachers of RE, the subject offers opportunities to build an accurate knowledge base about religions and beliefs in relation to values. This in turn supports children and young people so that they are able to move beyond attitudes of tolerance towards increasing respect, so that they can celebrate diversity. Values, education and moral development are a part of a school’s holistic mission to contribute to the wellbeing of each pupil and of all people within our communities. The RE curriculum focuses learning in some of these areas, but pupils moral development is a whole school issue.

Mutual Tolerance
Schools do not accept intolerant attitudes to members of the community: attitudes which reject other people on the basis of race, faith, gender, sexual orientation or age are rightly challenged. A baseline for a fair community is that each person’s rights to ‘be themselves’ is to be accepted by all. Tolerance may not be enough: RE can challenge children and young people to be increasingly respectful and to celebrate diversity, but tolerance is a starting point. It is much better than intolerance.
Respectful attitudes
In the RE curriculum, attention focuses on developing mutual respect between those of different faiths and beliefs, promoting an understanding of what a society gains from diversity. Pupils will learn about diversity in religions and worldviews, and will be challenged to respect other persons who see the world differently to themselves. Recognition and celebration of human diversity in many forms can flourish where pupils understand different faiths and beliefs, and are challenged to be broad minded and open hearted.
In RE pupils learn the significance of each person’s ideas and experiences through methods of discussion. In debating the fundamental questions of life, pupils learn to respect a range of perspectives. This contributes to learning about democracy, examining the idea that we all share a responsibility to use our voice and influence for the wellbeing of others.
Rule of Law
In RE, pupils examine different examples of codes for human life, including commandments, rules of precepts offered by different religious communities. They learn to appreciate how individuals choose between good and evil, right and wrong, and they learn to apply these ideas to their own communities. They learn that fairness requires that the law apply equally to all, irrespective - for example – of a person’s status or wealth.
Individual Liberty
In RE, pupils consider questions about identity, belonging and diversity, learning what it means to live a life free from constraints. They study examples of pioneers of human freedom, including those from within different religions, so that they can examine tensions between the value of a stable society and the value of change for human development.
Every day school life
As a Catholic School we actively promote values, virtues and ethics that shape our pupils' character and moral perspective, through the teachings of the Church. We follow the example of the Good Samaritan where we are called to love and care for our neighbour. We ensure that through our school vision, ethos, agreed rules, curriculum and teaching we promote respect and tolerance for all cultures, faiths and lifestyles.   In so doing we reinforce British values regularly and in the following ways:  
  • Our School Mission Statement, Together, We Learn and Grow in God’s Love which outlines our commitment to celebrating and exploring the special gift that we are and sharing those in our community.
  • Our weekly Statements to Live By help us remember that Jesus Christ is at the centre of everything we do. We promote and aim to have a school community rooted in love, tolerance, respect and celebration of differences.
  • Collective worships where we teach respect for all, right and wrong, tolerance and differences and respecting and following the law.
  • An R.E curriculum with lessons which teach the children about other faiths as well as their own. A range of curriculum topics which have strong links to British History and reflect modern British culture i.e. the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the Tour De France , the London Olympics, Victorian Saltaire, Mary Seacole.
  • Our ‘Playground Buddying system for Year 5/6 and Key Stage One pupils. Visits from authorities such as the police, fire service, ambulance service etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce the rule of law.
  • Working towards School of Sanctuary Status.
  • Participation in faith celebrations that reflects our rich ethnic school population and locality community i.e.  Chinese New Year, Eid, Diwali.
  • Our School Council and a democratic system of voting and providing a "voice" for all pupils.
  • Our Head Boys/Girls, House Captains and Mini Vinnie Group who 'set the example' and represent our school.
  • Theme weeks i.e. Anti-Bullying Week, Remembrance, Internet Safety
  • Pupils are keen to support charities, whether local, national or global i.e. Our Lady of Lourdes Soup Kitchen, St George’s Crypt, Barbados, Age UK and CAFOD
  • Our School Pastoral Care Policies and Procedures, Expectations and Code of Conduct.

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