British Values in our School
We are proud to be British; and we develop British values in many ways. Read below and find out about the things we do to support British values.
We learn about British values, through our School Council, Eco Council and House Captains, through songs, dress, dance, PSHE, history, geography and many other areas of our school and community.
How we support British Values at Stretton St Matthew's CE Primary School
St Matthew’s is a Church of England primary school which seeks to live out Christian values. We promote these values by our words and deeds, and our beliefs and practice therefore permeate every aspect of our school’s activity.
We provide a curriculum which is broad and balanced, recognising that every pupil is unique.
Our curriculum is designed to enable every pupil to be well-equipped and be active citizens in service to the world.
Ofsted said in their 2015 report, “The school makes excellent provision for the promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Different cultural traditions are celebrated, as was seen in high quality art and written work around school. Pupils have many opportunities to help others and raise funds for a wide range of charities, both working locally and abroad. In addition, the school also promotes and celebrates British values through work on tolerance, freedom of expression and the rule of law. This shows the school’s strong commitment to fostering good relationships and tackling discrimination and prepares pupils well for life in modern Britain.”
The key aspects in the DfE guidance about British values and our practice is explained below:-
- Democracy - Our School Council - Each year children elect representatives from each class for our School Council and Eco Council.
- Each year the children in each House (Hanover, Stuart, Tudor and Windsor) vote for their new House Captains – a girl and a boy from Year 6. Ofsted 2015, “Pupils relish having a range of opportunities to take on different responsibilities, such as being a house captain, school councillor or play leader. They also enjoy the opportunities that they have to represent their school, such as in singing events and sporting competitions.”
- Children take part in debating sessions
- History lessons highlight the development of democratic ideas in history lessons (for example the Roman Empire in Britain and how civilisation learnt from it).
- Ideas of democracy are starting to develop as children vote (for example for children they have nominated as Good Citizen of the Year).
- We ensure all pupils are listened to by adults (OFSTED 2015: “Pupils say that they feel safe in school because of the high quality support and guidance they receive” and, “Pupils say that poor behaviour is very rare, and school behaviour records confirm this. Pupils know how they are expected to behave, and respond well to the school’s high expectations. They know that, if there are any problems, staff in school will deal with them effectively.” “Pupils say that they feel completely safe in school and are cared for and supported very well. A typical comment was that pupils ‘know we can speak to our teachers about anything at all.’
- Children experience ‘The Rule of Law’ as classes create their own “class rules” which are displayed and used.
- We have a clear behaviour policy that is explained to all (Ofsted 2015 “Pupils’ behaviour in lessons and around the school is outstanding. Pupils are very proud of their school and say that they are very happy at St Matthew’s. They have excellent attitudes to learning and are very keen to do well. Pupils get on extremely well with one another and this creates a warm and harmonious atmosphere throughout the school.)
- Visits are organising from the police service to reinforce the message of right and wrong, we also have visits from local public servants, fire brigade (fire safety), PCSO (community safety etc) and visit DangerPoint where children learn about danger from electrical lines. These all tell pupils about right and wrong.
- We highlight the rules of the Church and God in the RE curriculum, for example the 10 commandments. These are taught in our RE scheme and practised in school.
- We highlight how Religious Education provides pupils with a deep understanding of their own faith as well as awareness of the faith and traditions of others, our RE scheme is enhanced by topics on Judaism/Hinduism/Islam/Sikhism and Buddhism and is supported with resources from our multi-faith centre.
- We teach that Jesus encouraged tolerance, in stories such as The Good Samaritan in assemblies and RE lessons.
- Children are provided with opportunities for reflection and collective worship and assemblies are evaluated by children.
- Mutual respect and tolerance are values fostered in our school.
- Our Mission Statement (devised by staff, pupils, governors and parents) in consultation is inclusive.
- We constantly promote respect via good manners (Ofsted 2015 “Pupils are very well mannered”.
- Adults in school reinforce the value of everyone’s opinions (for example in class debates).
- We have an effective Anti-Bullying Policy.
- We help children understand what peer-to-peer bullying is and teach them how to build positive relationships, giving them strategies to deal with difficult situations they may find themselves in.
- We teach children about equality, how to tackle prejudice and we promote understanding of others.
- The vast majority of parents who respond to our annual survey say that their children are happy and feel safe in school.
- Bullying includes persistent name-calling, cyber, racist and homophobic bullying. Ofsted 2015, children “have a very good knowledge of different forms of bullying, and understand the difference between bullying and falling out. They say that bullying is very rare, and almost all pupils said that they had never seen any in their school.”
- Bullying is discussed in assemblies and pupils say that they know what to do if it happens.
- RE and PSCHE lessons emphasise that every person is unique.
- We have active educational links with other schools (our head chairs the local cluster of primary schools who collaborate with many positive learning outcomes for pupils and quality CPD for staff.
- Our children support charitable works, often devising their own fundraising (for example WWF, Cheshire Dog’s Home).
- Each year Y6 collaborate in teams for ‘Enterprise Week’ when they plan money raising activities for the school which take place during a week in June. Money raised is donated to the charity of their choice.
- We practice tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
- Global issues are discussed which provide children with experiences which enrich further their educational provision; and develop their understanding of, and respect for, other beliefs and cultures.