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:
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
- 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.