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British Values

St Mary and St Giles Church of England School

Our Christian vision statement and core values, and how this supports the promotion of British values

 

Our aim is for all to belong to a safe and happy community which celebrates our diversity and differences. Our children will be well prepared for the next step of their journey as responsible citizens. We aspire for all to flourish.

 

Every child is a gift from God – Psalm 127:3

 

Our Christian Values: Responsibility, Love, Thankfulness and Wisdom

 

St Mary and St Giles Church of England School is committed to serving its community and surrounding areas of Milton Keynes. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom, and therefore those it serves. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalization by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.

 

The school, as a Voluntary Aided (VA) Church of England School, accepts admissions from all those entitled to an education under British law, including pupils of all faiths or none. Neither you nor your child need be a Christian or from any other faith group to attend the school. It follows the policies outlined by its Governing Body regarding equal opportunities, which guarantee that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar.

 

We seek to serve all. This is supported by the Church of England’s Vision for Education https://www.churchofengland.org/more/education-and-schools/vision-education

 

The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The government set out its definition of British values in the ‘Prevent Strategy’ values of:

 

• Democracy

• The rule of law

• Individual liberty and personal responsibility

• Mutual respect

• Tolerance of those of different cultures, faiths and beliefs

 

Should you feel that the school is not meeting this requirement, you should contact the school office and request to express your concerns to the Headteacher or Chairman of Governors.

 

How we support British Values:

 

Democracy:

  • Democratic votes and elections take place amongst the pupils for various events and occasions.
  • All children are involved in democratic processes e.g. choosing School Councillors, selecting addition rewards and selection of appropriate resources such as playground games.
  • School Councillors are elected by peers and have a responsibility to report back the rest of their class.
  • Fostering the concept of free speech.

Rule of Law:

  • School Behaviour Policy is shared with all stakeholders.
  • Moral sign posts are displayed around the school.
  • Children reflect regularly on their learning and their behaviour during Collective Worship.
  • Regular visits from our local community police officers. 

Personal Responsibility and Liberty:

  • Children demonstrate a clear understanding of expectation of behaviour.
  • School core value of ‘Responsibility’.
  • Children presented with values Champion of the Week certificates and celebrated in newsletters.
  • Home/School/Child Agreement on entry to school.
  • Values embedded in school practice and displayed around the school.

Mutual respect:

  • PHSE and RE curriculum.
  • PSED in Early Years.
  • Clear behaviour policy enforced across the school.
  • Positive role models are praised and encouraged, pupil – pupil and adult – pupil.
  • Collective Worship themes.
  • Promotion of ‘fair play’ in PE and Sport sessions

Tolerance of those of different cultures, faiths and beliefs:

  • Linking class names to cities around the world.
  • Inviting parents to share home cultures in school.
  • Equalities Policy.
  • Accessibility Plan.
  • Religious Education lessons – linked to the MK agreed syllabus and Diocese of Oxford Scheme of Work
  • Cultural themed weeks and workshops e.g. Diwali, Chinese New Year…
  • Collective Worship themes.
  • Strong links with community.

 

British Values Award Certificate

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