CATHOLIC VALUES AND BRITISH VALUES
The promotion of ‘British values’ is central to Catholic education because British values have their origin in the Christian values of our country. British values are considered by the present government to be:
• Rule of law
• Individual liberty
• Mutual respect
• Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
At St. Paul’s Catholic Schools Federation, British Values are deeply inherent in the Federation’s core values of Faith, Respect, Good Communication and Celebration. British values held within the beliefs of the Catholic faith provide us with a shared sense of identity and a collective purpose. We recognise, not only the importance of helping pupils to develop academically but also spiritually, morally, socially and culturally. Our aim is that they are fully prepared for life in British society, to take their role as good citizens, able to make the best possible contribution to their community. Across the curriculum of both schools ‘British Values’ are referred to, taught and reflected upon in a range of different subjects, across all year groups.
We place great emphasis on the celebration of individuality and difference within our country and our calling to work in the service of others. This is evident in our firmly established links with local, national and international communities we support, including the range of charitable causes we endorse.
The examples that follow are an indication of some of the many ways we seek to embed British values at St Paul’s Catholic Schools Federation.
• School Council.
• Involving pupils in decision making.
• Taking part in debates.
• Highlighting the development of democratic ideas in history lessons.
• Ensuring all pupils are listened to by adults.
• Inviting speakers to the school.
• Holding mock elections.
THE RULE OF LAW
• Having a clear behaviour policy that is explained to all and where views of pupils have been considered in its formation.
• Organising visits from outside speakers, including the police service/community safety officer to reinforce the message of right and wrong.
• Highlighting the rules of the Church and God in the RE curriculum, for example the Ten Commandments and the Precepts of the Church.
• Encouraging pupils to be independent in their learning.
• Providing pupils with opportunities for reflection as they take responsibility to discerning their vocation.
• Having a mission statement that is inclusive.
• Constantly promoting respect for others recognising that it is central to relationships.
• Reinforcing the value of everyone’s opinions in class debates and discussions.
• Having an effective anti-bullying policy.
• Emphasising in RE and other lessons that every person is unique and “created in the image of God”.
• Having educational links with other schools.
• Remembrance activities.
• Supporting charitable works.
TOLERANCE OF THOSE WITH DIFFERENT FAITHS AND BELIEFS
- Religious Education provides pupils with a deep understanding of their own faith as well as awareness of the faith and traditions of other religious communities as a basis for understanding and respecting them.
- Showing in scripture how Jesus encouraged tolerance in stories such as The Good Samaritan and The Women at the Well.
- Focusing on rights and responsibilities
- Having a school chapel which is open for all faiths to use.