The Government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014. At St. Julian’s, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.
The children vote for members from each class to be on the Student Council. They meet regularly with the Assistant Head, bringing forward ideas, raising requests from all pupils and making decisions about: charity support each year, spending of Sainsbury Active vouchers, fundraising events etc.
KS2 classes have lessons in democracy: the Brexit vote was debated and voted on, using a secret ballot.
Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour issues and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message. Our behaviour policy promotes positive behaviour.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices. KS2 have discussed the Unicef agreement on the rights of children and thought about how they are respected in our school.
Tolerance and Mutual Respect
St. Julian’s is in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse, so we look to promote diversity by: regular assemblies, visitors from other cultures, visits to places of worship to learn about World Faiths, PSHE, RE lessons and our Christian values focus.