British Values

Learning about British Values

For two days in March 2015, all the children completed activities to learn about our British values and what it means to live in this country.  The first day started with a whole school collective worship about British Values and then Year 6 were set this challenge by Mrs Williamson…

Year 6 have £100 of the school budget. They will be forming political parties with ideas on what they want to spend the money on. Over the next two days you will be hearing their ideas, looking their posters, listening to their speeches and making a decision on which is the best idea for the school. Everyone in school will have a vote- think carefully and make the right choice for you when you vote!

Year 6 designed posters, produced a speech and presented it to the whole school before the Polling Station opened.  The whole school and Nursery then voted using a special designed ballot paper and posted their votes in the sealed ballot box.  All the staff and children voted.

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Promoting British Values

 Children have the right to think and believe what they want, and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Parents should guide their children on these matters – Article 14 UNCRC

 The DfE have recently reinforced the 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 Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.

At St Mary the Virgin CE VA Primary School and Nursery, we believe everything is possible for all our children.  The school and Nursery belongs to the children.  Our Christian values underpin all aspects of school life and our children’s personal and spiritual development as human beings.

Our School Values are:

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COURAGE
TRUTH
CREATION
LOVE
COMPASSION
KOINONIA
FORGIVENESS
HOPE
TRUST
FRIENDSHIP
RESPONSIBILITY
FAITH

We are also a UNICEF Rights Respecting School so our children understand their rights and responsibilities as global citizens.  This is the children’s school; their voice is the most important one here.  This growth of children’s independent spirit can be seen in all aspects of school and Nursery life, whether they are planning collective worship, organising fundraising events or undertaking office duty.

Our school and Nursery are committed to developing children as Global Citizens and it is through our innovative curriculum, RE curriculum and our school values and vision that we promote the British Values of:

  • Mutual Respect
  • Personal Responsibility and Liberty
  • Tolerance of Culture, Faith and others
  • Democracy
  • Rule of Law

We share this commitment with families and the local community.  We will actively challenge the children, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.

Promoting British Values at St Mary the Virgin Primary School

Whole school British Values display

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