British Values Statement
How St Nicholas Primary School maintains it’s unique, family ethos and promotes Fundamental British Values.
When asking our children what is special about St Nicholas they reply: “We are a small school, with a big heart and a love for learning”. They also say, “We are rich because we have so many cultures”. Other comments include; and “We never give up”…
We believe that our school has a very strong, caring ethos which we have developed, over time, with you, your children, your families, staff and governors.
Schools are required to provide for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of their pupils. As part of this requirement, we are expected to actively promote fundamental British values.
Our school’s ethos already includes many aspects of the government’s fundamental British values. For example, we expect our children to follow the school rules and show kindness to one another. Promoting fundamental British values will reinforce, not change, our current ethos.
What are ‘fundamental British values’?
The government defines these as:
The rule of law
Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
What does this look like in school?
The values are reflected throughout our school, including in our ethos, policies and assemblies.
Children also engage with the values through the curriculum, in ways that are suitable for their age and context. For example, in some subjects there are opportunities to think about traditions from different cultures and religions. We celebrate our similarities and our differences and join in with each-others’ special occasions. We love to learn about each other and we are proud of our rich and wonderful diversity.
Extra-curricular activities such as games teach children about the importance of rules. Pupil votes, questionnaires and councils are other ways that children can have their voices heard and learn about democracy.
Our duty to actively promote fundamental British values means that we always present political views to children in a balanced way. We are also responsible for challenging prejudiced or extreme opinions and behaviour.
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely, one of the fundamental values is respect and tolerance of people with different faiths, and we teach our children that British law protects their freedom to hold their own beliefs.
Any prejudice or discrimination towards pupils on the basis of their faith goes against the fundamental British values and will not be tolerated by the school.
The curriculum provides lots of opportunities to look at fundamental British values. Your child will already have some experience of this in lessons such as religious education (RE) and personal, social and health education (PSHE).
In each subject, our teachers will look out for these opportunities and encourage children to think about how the values link into the topics they are studying.
‘We have integrated the ethos of St Nicholas with key information from the parent pamphlet produced by the DFES which directly relates to “Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools, DfE”.