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British Values

St Anselm's is a Catholic school which seeks to live out the values of Jesus Christ. We promote these values by our words and deeds, and Catholic doctrine and practice therefore permeates every aspect of the school’s activity. We provide a Catholic curriculum, which is broad and balanced, recognising that every pupil is unique and is created in the image of God (Gen 1:27). Our curriculum is designed to enable every pupil to discern their vocation and to be well-equipped to follow it as active citizens in service to the world.

 

Catholic Religious Education is the “core of the core curriculum” (Pope St John Paul II)    and the foundation of the entire educational process. We also provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities and strong pastoral support. We incorporate democratic principles, value the rule of law, support individual liberty and foster a community in which different faiths and beliefs are respected.

At St Anselm’s, we promote the following fundamental British values:

 

  • an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process;
  • an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety;
  • an understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence;
  • an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law;
  • an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour; and
  • an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination.

 

 

In our school we promote British values in a wide range of ways, including:

 

Democracy

  • Having a school council;
  • Highlighting the development of democratic ideas in history lessons;
  • Allowing pupils to vote in a range of situations linked to school life e.g. classes selecting a charity they wish to support via a class ballot;
  • Ensuring all pupils are listened to by adults;
  • Inviting MPs and other speakers to the school;
  • Visiting parliaments, assemblies and local councils;
  • Holding mock elections.

 

 

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The Rule of Law

  • The whole school creating ‘Pride Values’ (in the place of rules) which are evaluated and revised annually;
  • Having a clear behaviour policy that is explained to all;
  • Highlighting the rules of the Church and God in the RE curriculum, for example the 10 commandments and the Precepts of the Church.

 

Individual Liberty

  • Encouraging children to be independent in their learning;
  • Providing children with opportunities for reflection.

 

Mutual respect

  • Having a mission statement that is inclusive;
  • Constantly promoting respect for others as good manners;
  • Reinforcing the value of everyone’s opinions in class discussions;
  • Having an effective anti-bullying policy;
  • Emphasising in RE and PSHE lessons that every person is unique and “created in the image of God”;
  • Having active educational links with other schools;
  • Supporting charitable works.

 

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

  • Highlight how 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;
  • Show how Jesus encouraged tolerance in stories such as The Good Samaritan and The Women at the Well.
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