Promoting Fundamental British Values at Our School
At Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Roman Catholic School we uphold and teach pupils about the British Values as directed under new 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 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.
Through our RE, PSCHE, Geography and Statements to Live By we are able to make real links between the values of our pupils and the lives of others in their community, country and the world in general. Through our Creative Curriculum we teach about democracy, civic responsibility, rules and laws, the monarchy, equality, values and virtues, environmental awareness and understanding of other faiths.
British Values are promoted throughout the school alongside our Catholic Values in accordance with The Department for Education we to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is "right" and "wrong", all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key Values are:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We actively promote and model democracy by:
- Providing our children with a broad knowledge of and promoting respect for public institutions and services eg. visits from Police, supporting CAFOD Campaigns, Mission Together, CareCent and visits from Fire Service, school used as polling station
- Teaching children how they can influence decision making through the democratic process e.g. School council, suggestion boxes, Pupil questionnaires.
- Encouraging pupils to become involved in decision making processes and ensuring they are listened to in school e.g. school council, open door policy, consultation groups, sports leaders, liaison between staff and pupils, school prefects.
- Teaching children how public services operate and how they are held to account through our PSCHE Curriculum and visits from Police, School Nurses Etc.
- Modelling how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged e.g. by teaching about inspirational figures such as Ghandi, Mandela, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King and our Class Saints.
Rule of Law
We actively promote and model the rule of law by:
- Ensuring school rules are clear and fair by actively encouraging all members of our School Community to follow our Shared Expectations.
- Helping children to distinguish right from wrong e.g. by using the example of Christ when dealing with behaviour that is not acceptable.
- Promoting respect for the law and the basis on which it is made e.g. through visitors such as PCSOs, Police, Local Councillors into school.
- Helping children to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals e.g. through our RE curriculum, through focus weeks, visitors.
- Having a behaviour policy that is linked to restorative justice e.g. that is based in the Christian value of forgiveness.
We actively promote and model individual liberty by:
- Supporting pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence e.g. through our Catholic ethos, our way of treating people, by investing heavily in meeting the needs of all of the children; providing equality of opportunity, by knowing an understanding the needs of all of the children.
- Encouraging pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour as well as knowing their rights e.g. through linking rights with responsibilities, by having a fair and consistent approach to the behaviour policy and our Shared Expectations.
- Challenging stereotypes e.g. visitors into school, disability awareness, anti-bullying and anti-racism
- Mimi-enterprise, CAFOD Campaigns
- Implementing a strong anti-bullying culture.
- Following the UNICEF Rights Respecting School agenda.
Respect and Tolerance:
We actively promote and model respect and tolerance by:
- Promoting respect for individual differences e.g. through assemblies and masses, the RE curriculum, multicultural and multifaith weeks, through our Catholic ethos.
- Helping children to acquire an understanding of and respect for their own and other cultures and ways of life e.g. through Geography, International Links, Religious Education, multicultural and multifaith weeks.
- Organising visits to places of worship, openly discuss and celebrate the differences between people such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender and different family situations such as looked after children, young carers.
- Our weekly assemblies, daily prayers, RE lessons and Statements to Live By liturgies also uphold traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance.