The DfE now expect that schools will 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.
Citizens of the UK are encouraged to:
• Respect and obey the law
• Respect the rights of others, including their right to their own opinions
• Treat others with fairness
• Look after yourself and your family
• Look after the area in which you live and the environment
At Bishop David Sheppard Primary School we believe that our Mission Statement of Following Jesus, Together We Succeed, and our 6 Christian Values which underpin this, fully support these fundamental British Values in educating our children to live in a multi-cultural, multi-faith Britain.
We are committed to promoting these British Values in the following ways:
Democracy flourishes within our school. Pupil voice, as well as parent/carer voice, plays a central part in driving school improvement. Pupils regularly have opportunities to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires. Our school behaviour policy involves rewards which the pupils have contributed to deciding. Our active School Councils are elected by the children themselves after prospective nominees make speeches to each class to seek their election. This ensures that children understand the way elections function. The School Council, Eco Council and Ethos Committee meet regularly and take part in decision making on a range of topics. A prime example of this is the way in which all stakeholders re-evaluated our Christian Values. Our Ethos Committee have designed a prayer garden for the school, decided where it will be built and have taken an active role in ensuring that it will be a beautiful, reflective place to worship.
The school ensures that pupils co-operate and consider the views and needs of others. We have recently received our Certificate to recognise our commitment to achieving Rights Respecting Schools’ Award and the children are learning about the Articles of the U.N. convention on the Rights of the Child.
The Rule of Law:
All staff members have high expectations of the children in our school. Children in each class work together to develop their own class charters. The importance of laws and rules are consistently reinforced in the classroom, as well as through school assemblies. Every child has been consulted on drafting our Top Ten Behaviour Rules for display on our junior and infant playgrounds. Pupils follow our positive behaviour policy and clearly understand the rewards and sanctions that are used. At the start of the school year children from each class develop their own class charter which outlines their responsibilities in ensuring that the classroom is a safe and effective learning environment. Assemblies and discussions in class focus on making the right choices and we employ a Restorative Justice approach to resolving any conflict in a spirit of reconciliation. Visits from the Police and Fire Service help to reinforce these messages.
Teaching our children about the Articles of the U.N. convention on the Rights of the Child ensures that they understand clearly the importance of and the legality of individual liberty.
Developing the self- esteem and self-confidence of our pupils is a core vision for our school and this is supported by our commitment to providing a wide range of after school clubs which also enable our pupils to develop their talents, their sense of community, their understanding of team work and fair play, and to graduate from Children’s University. Our pupils are encouraged to be independent learners, making choices, within a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to understand their personal freedoms and are taught how to use these rights to best effect. Our pupils eagerly support charities, whether local, national or global. All of our staff and children were actively involved in supporting a local fundraising campaign to help a school in Sierra Leone which has been affected by the Ebola crises which raised nearly £900. Pupils suggest fundraising events, such as a cake sale for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. They are taught consideration for others through our Religious Education curriculum and Collective Worships and our enriching curriculum. E-safety lessons enable the children to make choices in a safe manner.
Our Christian Values of respect, friendship, forgiveness, fairness, endurance and compassion permeate all areas of school life. This engenders a climate within which pupils feel safe and secure and facilitates the fulfilment of their potential. All staff demonstrate respect to everyone with whom they come into contact. They consistently model and promote the behaviours and attitudes that are the foundation of positive relationships. The strong school ethos encourages everyone to consider others and to support each other and to celebrate the worth and individuality of every member of the school community. Discussions in class and during whole school assemblies as well during Collective Worships, demonstrate that the children show respect and reverence to all other individuals. Our non-Christian children take an active role in worship. The politeness of our children and calm ethos of our inclusive school clearly demonstrate the respectfulness of our pupils to each other and to staff members.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
Bishop David Sheppard Primary school is a culturally diverse school, with many of our children coming from a variety of countries. These children are welcomed into our school community by both children and staff and are fully supported to learn English to enable them to engage with their learning. This is achieved through our curriculum and through the spiritual life of the school.
We are proud of the inclusive nature of our Church of England school and of our children’s acceptance of difference. Assemblies, class work and the teaching of the articles of the U.N. convention, all promote acceptance of diversity of society and the right for each person to be respected and valued equally regardless of ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. Children of different faiths or religions and the parents of those children, share their religious and cultural experiences with our school community and enhance learning within assemblies, worship and in class.
This work is also embedded in the many other curriculum areas which are studied throughout the year. We also often use opportunities such as the Olympics, The Paralympics, the World cup, the Commonwealth Games or Chinese New Year to study other cultures. A visit to our local synagogue is a regular event in the school calendar.
We actively demonstrate our pride in Britain by celebrating events concerning the Monarchy, for example we were excited to receive a letter from Buckingham Palace to thank us for the card we made and sent to celebrate the royal wedding. We sent a card to the Queen to congratulate her on being the longest serving monarch since Queen Victoria. We have had a Paralympian medal winner into school to speak to the children about all of the qualities and strengths that are needed to partake in the Olympics and we presented our own Olympic ceremony in 2012 to open our sports day. We also enjoyed a visit by Hannah Wheelan into school to talk to the children about being an Commonwealth Games medal winner and we had a wonderful day demonstrating the endurance we need to follow in her footsteps as we took part in several gymnastic activities. We were excited to participate in breaking both the world records to make the Olympic Rings on the beach at Crosby, and the largest poppy on Southport beach in commemoration of the anniversary of World War 1. Harvest Festival and Remembrance Day are celebrated annually. We take an active role in Service above Self every year.