At St Thomas More Catholic Primary School we uphold and teach pupils about British Values.
The Department for Education have said “Keeping our children safe and ensuring schools prepare them for life in modern Britain could not be more important.”
The British values are:-
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Below are the fundamental British Values that schools should provide. This is taken from the DfE document “Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools” published November 2014.
- Enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
We teach and support this as soon as children start at our school through:
- Code of conduct
- Come and See (RE Curriculum)
- Our Inclusion Team regularly monitor and track children who require further support in their self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Activities such as peer mentoring, challenges, games and programmes run by the Pastoral Manager.
- Enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
Through our moral teaching in RE and Collective Worship, we teach what is right and wrong. Our KS2 pupils know what is legal and illegal i.e. stealing, racism, violence and bullying. The children have helped to develop the Code of Conduct and are fully committed to the Mission Statement “Try to be like Jesus, in all we think, do and say”.
- Encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely.
Our Behaviour policy and Code of Conduct promote taking responsibility for our own actions and encourage reflection on how to put things right. Children are aware of world issues through assemblies, RE Curriculum and PSHE curriculum. We have strong links with our St Edward’s Parish church and are building relationships with other local organisations.
- Enable students to acquire a broad knowledge of and respect institutions and services in England;
In our curriculum the children learn about of events, for example, the First and Second World Wars, Remembrance Day, Holocaust Day, anti-slavery and the various events surrounding the Monarchy.
- Further Tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of a respect for their own and other cultures;
Each term we study another faith such as – Judaism, Hinduism, Islam or Sikhism. We held a very enjoyable World Faith event, inviting parents to share food from their cultures, as we shared prayers and music together.
- Encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.
We have a successful school council who seek the views of all pupils. Their suggestions have been acted on, be it in school meals, wet play times, play equipment, extra-curricular, library and the outdoor environment.
Please click here to see our British Values Statement