At St Wilfrid’’s 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’
The British values are:-
- The Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We ensure that through our school vision, ethos, agreed rules, curriculum and teaching we promote respect and tolerance for all cultures, faiths and lifestyles. As educators we have a duty to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and to keep them safe. We value the importance of and support the current Ofsted guidance.
The promotion of modern British values and democracy is clearly evident within our school through the following:-
Each year the children draw up a class code of conduct and agree the rights associated with this. All the children contribute to the drawing up of this charter. We have a pupil council, where every child is voted onto by their class. They meet regularly and make decisions to improve the life in St Wilfrid’s.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police; Fire Service etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. Pupils are encouraged to be respectful and polite.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
St Wilfrid’s is a Roman Catholic school. Religious lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Weekly liturgies following Statements to live by deliver messages to the children to have tolerance and respect for others and themselves. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within the classes and the school.
Art projects have helped children to realise that others in our school have different roots and ways of life. These projects enable the pupils to work together creatively and share their ideas to produce interesting art work.