St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

British Values

 

Our Mission

Here, under the guidance of our patriarch, St Joseph, and inspired by  centuries of Catholic teaching, we begin to learn how to serve each other and our world with the same faithful joy which we see in Jesus, our saviour and our Lord.

 

To Him be glory and praise for ever

At St Joseph’s we value each individual child and adult in our community. This policy is inclusive of everyone, regardless of gender, race, creed, disability or any other factor that makes the person unique

Our British Values

 

Democracy

The Rule of Law

Individual Liberty

Mutual Respect

Tolerance of Those With a Different Faith/Belief

 

Democracy:

Democracy is a central value within the school. Pupils help to shape our school by having their voices heard in class, through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires. Children are encouraged to debate, which promotes critical thinking, effective communication, independent research and teamwork: all vital qualities to ensure that they are equipped to fulfil their responsibilities as citizens of a democracy. Pupils grow to appreciate how lucky they are living in a democratic society.

The Rule of Law:

Children are taught the importance of laws and rules; whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country. These are consistently reinforced through our Golden Rules, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind these laws: that they govern and protect them, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Pupils are shown how they can contribute to the well-being of those in the locality and beyond, through many events such as supporting charities, local visits and singing in the market place.

Individual Liberty:

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment where adults are always ready to listen to them. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe learning environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and learn how they can do so safely, for example through our E-Safety and Circle Time sessions. St Joseph’s seeks to provide opportunities for pupils to become positive and emotionally resilient with the knowledge and confidence to stand by their own convictions, whilst also respecting others

Mutual Respect:

 Our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Value of ‘Respect’. Pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Quality Circle Time promotes respect and empathy for others and this is reiterated through the learning of class/school rules, as well as our behaviour policy and mission statement.

 

Tolerance of Those With a Different Faith/Belief:

This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been further developed by supported learning in RE and PSHCE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences to enhance learning within classes and the school. We value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. Underpinning all of this is a range of curriculum topics which encourages tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. This is particularly evident in some of the R.E, Geography and History topics taught throughout the school promoting global citizenship.

 

By the time children leave St Joseph’s they will be able to:

 

  • understand their responsibilities as citizens of a democratic society
  • have an awareness of how they can maintain the underpinning core British values
  • maintain an awareness and respect for the culturally diverse society in which they live

 

From Spring Bank 2015 there will be a ‘British Values’ display, placed in a central area of the school, that will reflect the values listed in this policy. Over time, this display will feature photographs and other evidence that support our drive to instil British Values amongst our children.

 

British Values Diary

 

  • New Curriculum meeting with parents: British Values coordinator to speak about what school is required to do.
  • BKCAT Charity Fun Run for Year 5 and Year 6. British Values of Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect promoted. October 2014
  • Remembrance assembly held. November 2014
  • British Values themed assembly held: Children from KS1 and KS2 are reminded of our fundamental British Values of Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs. December 2014
  • Year 6 Trip to Crucial Crew: British Values of Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect promoted. January 2015
  • Year 5 Residential to Mydellton Grange: British Values of Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect promoted. February 2015
  • E-safety meeting for parents. February 2015
  • Year 5 Bikeability cycling proficiency workshop: British Values of Rule of Law and Individual Liberty promoted. February 2015
  • Guide Dog Assembly: British Values of Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect promoted. February 2015
  • Head teacher and coordinator discuss coverage of British Values in Performance Management meeting. April 2015
  • Year 3/4 pupils to New College for Magna Carta themed activity day. April 2015
  • Year 5 talk at Pontefract Fire Station: British Values of Rule of Law promoted. April 2015
  • Year 6 St. Wilfrid’s Induction day: British Value of Individual Liberty promoted. May 2015
  • Review of Mission Statement and School Motto involving all teaching staff and Parish Priest: Mission Statement and Motto to reflect the British Value of Mutual Respect. May 2015
  • Magna Carta assembly led by coordinator and Mr Berry with facsimile of Magna Carta. June 2015
  • Foundation, KS1 and KS2 Sports Days held: British Values of Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect promoted. July 2015
  • Links with British Values discussed during Prevent Training for all staff. July 2015
  • CAFOD Wear Bright Clothes day: British Values of Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs promoted.
  • Student Council Election held: British Value of Democracy promoted. October 2015
  • Anti-Bullying week activities: Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs promoted. November 2016
  • Remembrance assembly held. November 2015
  • New College Students come into school to give presentation to Year 3 about Anti-bullying December 2015
  • Year 5 Residential to Mydellton Grange: British Values of Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect promoted. January 2016
  • Year 4 Health Lifestyles event held in school: British Value of Individual Liberty promoted.
  • BKCAT Family Week activities: British Values of Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect promoted. February 2016
  • Police dog handler visits school: British Value of Rule of Law promoted March 2016
  • School Governor to meet with Student Council: British Value of Democracy promoted. March 2016
  • Visitor to school to speak to Foundation Stage, KS1 and KS2 about Wakefield homeless charity CAP: British Values of Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs promoted. March 2016
  • Year 6 Trip to Crucial Crew: British Values of Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect promoted. April 2016
  • Mini Vinnies commissioned in special assembly: British Values of Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs promoted. April 2016
  • BKCAT Charity Fun Run for Year 4 and Year 5. British Values of Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect promoted. May 2016
  • Good Shepherd Collection Mass at Leeds Cathedral attended by Year 4 children: British Values of Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs promoted.
  • British Values refresher assembly led by coordinator and attended by KS1 and KS2 May 2016
  • British Values speaker David Evans comes to school with Ballot Box of 1872 from Britain’s first ever secret ballot: British Value of Democracy promoted. May 2016
  • British Values themed week held in school: All classes take part in activities relating to our fundamental British Values. May 2016
  • More than Dance Liturgy attended: British Value of Individual Liberty promoted. May 2016
  • British Values Policy updated by coordinator and reviewed by head teacher. May 2016
  • Year 6 Bikeability cycling proficiency workshop: British Values of Rule of Law and Individual Liberty promoted. May 2016
  • Year 6 Safemark workshop: British Values of Rule of Law and Individual Liberty promoted. June 2016
  • Year 6 St. Wilfrid’s Induction day: British Value of Individual Liberty promoted. June 2016
  • E-safety day with guest speaker Tim Pinto involving KS1 and KS2: British Values of Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect promoted. June 2016
  • Year 6 Team Building at St Wilfrid’s: British Value of Individual Liberty promoted. July 2016
  • Year 6 Residential to Low Mill: British Value of Individual Liberty promoted. July 2016
  • E-safety meeting for parents with guest speaker Tim Pinto. July 2016
  • Links with British Values discussed during Prevent Training for all staff with Tim Pinto. July 2016
  • Foundation, KS1 and KS2 Sports Days held: British Values of Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect promoted. July 2016
  • British Values SEF completed by coordinator and discussed with head teacher. September 2016
  • British Values Action Plan meeting involving all teaching staff: Teaching staff briefed by coordinator on the milestones and success criteria relating to the three main actions that will be carried out in the 2016-17 academic year. September 2016
  • British Values links discussed in RE Action Plan meeting involving all teaching staff: Teaching staff to ensure opportunities are taken to promote British Values where appropriate. September 2016
  • Role of British Values discussed in Child Protection staff meeting. September 2016
  • Head teacher and coordinator discuss coverage of British Values in Performance Management meeting. September 2016
  • Weekly Class Ethos Statement assemblies begin: Ethos Statements covered over the course of the year have strong links to our fundamental British Values of Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs. September 2016
  • Year 6 Bikeability cycling proficiency workshop: British Values of Rule of Law and Individual Liberty promoted. September 2016
  • Mini Vinnies mass at Leeds Cathedral: British Value of Individual Liberty promoted.
  • Guidance book ‘Teaching British Values to Children’ by Deborah Osborne purchased and made available to teaching staff. October 2016
  • Class teachers provided with British Values evaluation document: Staff evaluated how effective the opportunities they are providing children with to develop their understanding of British Values are. October 2016
  • Royal British Legion Wooden Crosses dedicated to the fallen of the Parish sent off to be planted in Fields of Remembrance. October 2016
  • Student Council Election held: British Value of Democracy promoted. November 2016
  • Anti-Bullying week activities: Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs promoted. November 2016
  • Remembrance assembly held. November 2016
  • British Values Curriculum meeting held. November 2016
  • Democracy theme week: Dedicated assembly led by coordinator and display work completed by KS1 and KS2. November 2016
  • Role of British Values discussed in Child Protection training for teaching staff and governors led by Gaynor Pettigrew. November 2016
  • Democracy themed display put up on British Values display board. December 2016
  • Poppy Appeal 2016: £315.69 raised by the school. December 2016