‘Growing up together in Newtown'.
Our promotion of British Values in school
At St George’s, we value and celebrate the diverse heritages of everybody. Alongside this, we value and celebrate being part of Britain. In general terms, this means that we celebrate traditions, religious celebrations from the Christian Calender and customs in the course of the year; for example, Harvest Festival during the autumn term and Christmas celebrations. We also value and celebrate national events, e.g. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Further, children learn about being part of Britain from different perspectives. They learn where Britain is in relation to the rest of Europe and other countries in the world and about significant events in British history such as ‘The Gunpowder plot’ and key historical figures.
We agree with the Department for Education’s five-part definition of British values:
At St George’s, children have the opportunity for their voice to be heard through our school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised within the school. They are elected by their class peers and are involved in making the school a better place to learn. There is an agenda, issues are discussed and minutes taken. The council is able to genuinely effect change within the school and gives our children a better understanding of democracy. They are involved in the interview process for new staff. In addition, all children, staff, parents and stakeholders were invited to contribute to the creation of our new school vision and the new colour for our school polo shirts.
The Rule of Law
At St Georges we promote the rule of law by:-
Alongside rules and laws, we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs.
Mutual respect is at the core of our school life. An element of our school ethos is to reach out to God and to each other. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community are taught to treat each other with respect.
Our children learn respect through:
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We put a large emphasis on promoting diversity as we are a wide, diverse and caring community.
Tolerance is promoted in our school through:
We believe that tolerance is gained through knowledge and understanding. Through our curriculum and the routines of our daily school life, we strive to demonstrate tolerance and help children to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens. We believe tolerance to be too small an understanding of how we live together through mutual respect.
As well as actively promoting British Values, the opposite applies; we would actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.