At St Michael and All Angels Catholic Primary School we uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
These values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE), and Religious Education (RE). We also teach British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum. We have achieved the following external accreditations which demonstrate evidence of our commitment to British Values:
- Ofsted grade of ‘Outstanding’ (November 2013)
- School Inspection By Liverpool Archdiocese, grade of ‘Outstanding’ (March 2014)
- Staff accredited as Teacher Ambassador for Parliament’s Education Service – Gold Award
At SMAAA we take every opportunity to actively promote British Values through daily collective worship and whole school systems and structures such as electing and running a successful School Council. We also actively promote British values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values.
Here at SMAAA, democracy is central to our school day. As the new academic year begins children, parents, staff and Governors have a variety of ways in which their voices can be heard.
For pupils the primary voice is through the School Council. Pupils are elected by their class and this process reflects our British Electoral System. The School Council meets regularly with their agenda and take minutes of meetings. They share their findings and accomplishments with the Governors and headteacher each half-term.
Pupils also participate in pupil questionnaires and feedback forms. They are actively involved in suggesting how they can support others within school, around the local community and also globally e.g. the children get involved in a variety of charity work for organisations such as; CAFOD, Nugent Care Society, Zoe’s place.
The new Autumn term is also an important opportunity for our school community to remember why the rule of law is important, whether they be those that govern our school or our country. These are referred to often, such as in Collective Worship and when we are reflecting on behaviour choices. Classes discuss and agree class rules and these rules are reinforced regularly to ensure that all children can learn in a safe environment. Pupils are taught the values behind laws, that govern and protect us as well as consequences for breaking rules. Laws and values are reinforced through :
- visits from authorities such as police and fire services;
- within Religious Education lessons;
- during subject time e.g. sport (Change 4Life).
At SMAAA, individual liberty is incorporated throughout our school life. Freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs is apparent throughout our curriculum. Through the provision of a safe, supportive environment and empowering education, we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely; for example:
- choices about how they record their learning;
- choices around the participation in extra-curricular activities.
- during P.E. we develop our skills with others.
All our pupils, from nursery to year 6 are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are taught how to exercise these safely, including online safety.
At SMAAA we promote mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and celebrate different cultures, backgrounds and beliefs from around our town, city and country. Mutual respect is at the heart of our aims and ethos- (seen in our Mission Statement displayed in all classrooms).
Children learn that their behaviour choices have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community should treat each other with respect, for example:
- through Religious Education and other lessons where we might develop awareness and appreciation of the world;
- our children visit Jewish buildings in Yr 3/4.
Our pupils know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have, and to everything, whether it is a school resource or a religious belief.