Promoting British Values at St Bernadette’s
At St Bernadette’s, in a Christian environment, we actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs in the following ways:
We develop the value of democracy through our active promotion of the democratic process. All children have the opportunity to put themselves forward for the role of class representative on the School Council. The School Council meets every month to discuss issues or concerns raised by their peers and focus on particular school improvement projects. At the start of each academic year, year 6 pupils put themselves forward for the role of House Captain or Vice House Captain and the children are voted for by their peers.
The Rule of Law
The children learn about the importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the wider community. From an early age children are taught the rules of the school, including playground and safety rules. Children are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws and the responsibilities which come with choice. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire service help reinforce this message.
The children are encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment with clear boundaries and consequences. In keeping with the rights respecting school agenda, the children are taught about their own rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, with respect for the rights of others. Children are encouraged to develop their personal responsibility through the RE curriculum, PSHE programme and e safety lessons.
As a Catholic community we welcome all and recognise Christ in everyone. Children are encouraged to understand that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the community are expected to treat each other with respect and are reminded of this through class charters, school rules and our
behaviour policy. We actively encourage the children to learn how to demonstrate mutual respect through assemblies, liturgies and collective worship.
Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
While it is our primary intention to enable children to develop their own spirituality and personal relationship with God, we also explore the teachings and philosophies of other world faiths through our RE curriculum and PSHE lessons. Children are taught the need for tolerance in all aspects of life and are encouraged to find similarities rather than differences between different faiths and cultures. We explore the diversity of our school community; children of different faiths and cultures are encouraged to share their knowledge and experience to enhance learning within classes and throughout the school.