Promoting British Values
In Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary School our core principles that underpin our relationships, values, curriculum and all teaching and learning are driven by our mission statement:
In our school we believe that each person is unique and created to flourish in God’s image.
We aspire to excellence through a nurturing environment in which every child takes Jesus Christ as their model and develops their individual gifts so that they live fully and serve others.
We also fully embrace the commitment 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.2 (DfE 2014)
These values are explicitly taught through our Religious Education programme, our pastoral care activities, Personal, Social and Health Education lessons and through our broad and balanced curriculum.
To promote democracy we:
democratically elect members of the School Council and Eco-Council who contribute to the management of the school.
have a Mini-Vinnies group which plans and organises all our charitable activities.
proactively seek the opinions of our children formally through termly pupil voice meetings and school council meetings. We also have regular informal meetings with the children to ascertain their opinions.
hold debates within lessons and discuss democracy in assemblies and in our “Statements to Live By.”
invite our local MP to inform us about democratic politics and invite them to join in class debates.
are establishing an opportunity for Year 6 children to debate with other schools.
involve children in the recruitment of new staff.
To promote the rule of law we:
have a Behaviour Policy which is consistently applied and expects all members of our community to behave responsibly for the good of all.
believe in being remorseful, forgiveness and reconciliation.
have clear safety expectations.
develop class rules
consider issues of law during assemblies and Pastoral Care Groups
encourage older children to peer-support others
have sports leaders to promote fair-play
To encourage individual liberty we:
encourage pupils to make choices in our safe and supportive environment
promote the United Nations Rights of the Child
teach children ways in which they can keep themselves safe and encourage them to act with understanding and wisdom.
encourage pupils to choose to play an active role in the school community
deal justly yet compassionately with those who prevent others from expressing their liberty, educating them so that they understand the implications of their actions
help children to understand their responsibilities towards others.
To ensure that everyone treats each other with respect we:
model positive relationships at all levels
reward positive behaviours and encourage children to recognise the positive behaviours of others through our Statements to Live By, Stars of the Week awards, Golden Table nominations and our weekly OLQoP award
facilitate opportunities for children to work collaboratively in a range of contexts.
share responsibilities and roles in the day to day life of the school
commit to charitable events
visit local and national places of interest, being respectful of those we are with and those we are visiting
take the opportunity to learn more from and about each other during residential visits
To promote tolerance we:
educate children in the ways of other faiths and cultures through a broad curriculum
educate children about prejudice and how this can be challenged through lessons, assemblies and Pastoral Care groups
deal swiftly and seriously any acts of intolerance, challenging unacceptable behaviours and comments
visit places of worship and invite visitors of other faiths to educate us
encourage the children to discuss and debate newd items
apply consistently out Equality Policy and have equality objectives agreed and monitored by governors
celebrate cultural and seasonal events
take part in local community events including Remembrance Day, Houghton Feast
Use world events to learn positively about the culture and life in other countries