British Values


At St Christopher’s School we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. 

 

The Department for Education states that there is a 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 five British Values are:

 

Democracy

  • Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through school council, pupil questionnaires, pupil interviews. 
  • The election of class representatives and advocates.  Class School Council reps are based on pupil votes.
  • Our behaviour policy incorporates pupil input.

The rule of law: 

  • Pupils are taught the importance of Laws, whether they govern the class, the school or the country
  • Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind the laws 
  • Visits from Police Community Support Officers reinforce children’s understanding.

 


Individual liberty:

  • Within the school the children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Children have a variety of extra-curricular and lunch time clubs to choose depending on their interests
  • We have regular assemblies / interest days to promote exercising their from rights and personal freedom, e.g. E- Safety days and assemblies and PSHE.

Mutual respect: 

  • Children are encouraged to work together and learn from each other.
  • In year 7 the children have an opportunity to go on a team building residential, PGL Caythorpe, where they have to make use of each other’s 

    strengths and show understanding for those who require support. 

  • Within the behaviour policy children are expected to respect each other and adults.
  • During Speaking and Listening activities which are embedded in our curriculum the children are expected to show respect for others opinions.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs:

  • Through assemblies based on different religions and cultures
  • Regular visits from Reverend Ian Silk, Life Church and other religious 
  • The agreed RE syllabus for the whole school.
  • Integration of our students, regardless of their type of SEN.

 

All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE, PSHCE lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. 

 

The school makes considerable efforts to ensure children have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community during which these concepts are shown, through for example, sporting events, a range of visits and LEAD events. leaders.