At St Anne's, we actively promote positive, inclusive values. These include democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect for and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
We believe British values are those values expected of anyone living in Britain, regardless of their nationality, culture or religious belief. Our ethos reflects these values. We place great emphasis on building positive relationships in school, amongst the students themselves and between staff and students. We strongly believe students should not merely be taught such values but that they should also be embedded into school life through a broad and balanced curriculum that includes specific Personal Development lessons as well as a focus on social, moral, cultural and spiritual development across all subject areas.
At St Anne’s students will encounter these principles throughout everyday school life. The curriculum is mapped in detail across the school. British Values support us to create an environment free from discrimination, intolerance and hate and help us to challenge prejudice and stereotyping, whilst strengthening relationships within the community.
How do we promote British Values at St Anne’s?
Assemblies throughout the year that focus on the five different strands of British Values - Democracy, the rule of law individual liberty, mutual respect, tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
An active student Council where students stand and vote in an election. A planned-out campaign time and voting day is in place. Student Council reps are then elected.
Student voice is encouraged throughout the school, during department reviews student voice is completed and shared with the department area to act on.
Students are taught across the curriculum and in extra-curricular events to debate and argue as would happen in British democracy. In English, History and Drama debates takes place regularly but pupils also have the opportunity to debate topics which are relevant to them in form time, PSHE and other curriculum areas.
Taking part in Elections – All students vote in the ‘Make your Mark Elections’ (Youth Parliament)
Mutual Respect and Tolerance – Students are taught about a range of faiths throughout the RE curriculum but these topics are taught in all curriculum areas and through the way we treat pupiils and expecct them to be treated in school.
Human Rights with a focus on Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect is taught as part of the RE curriculum
Stereotypes are challenged in RE when students study Islam. Throughout lessons students express their views, but are challenged to consider evidence and are presented with various sources to help with their own decision making.
Throughout our school systems British Values are demonstrated. Student reflection forms completed by students if they are in seclusion for poor behaviour or following any incident of bullying which allows students time to consider their own behaviour (individual liberty and rule of law)
Prefect System encourages leadership, mutual respect and individual liberty.
Charity events throughout the year (mutual respect/tolerance)
British Values in PSHE
Student voice is significant in regards to life at St Anne's. Our student elected school council plays a strong role in our school. They are elected by their peers and are involved in making St Anne’s a better place to learn.
Student interviews and conference are also conducted throughout the year in all key aspects of school like such as safeguarding, achievement, behaviour and attitudes to learning and attendance. We know that the formation of the school council and the active participation of our students will sow the seeds for a more sophisticated understanding of democracy in the future.
Classrooms are run along democratic principles. Students are given equal opportunities to contribute orally. No one individual is allowed to dominate and to steal time from the majority. Rules are explained and breaches of those rules are challenged by staff. The rationale for that challenge is usually based on the argument that poor behaviour from one person has an impact on everyone. It is therefore unfair.
There are also many opportunities to learn about democracy within the curriculum. For example, students study the operation of parliament and democratic processes in business studies, and in history students examine why women won the vote.
The Rule of Law
Our students will encounter rules and laws throughout their entire lives. We want our pupils to understand that whether these laws govern the class, the school, the neighbourhood or the country, they are set for good reasons and must be adhered to.
This understanding of the importance of rules will be consistently reinforced through assemblies and our curriculum. The involvement of our students in the creation of the school rules helps them to understand the reasons behind the rules and the consequences if they are broken. Through philosophical enquiry in our philosophy for learning lessons, we allow opportunity to debate and discuss the reasons for laws so that children can recognise the importance of these for their own protection. Throughout the year we welcome visits from members of the wider community including police, the fire brigade and many more. We believe that clear explanations and real-life stories emphasise the importance of the rule of law for our pupils.
Accountability is stressed to all stakeholders including staff (teacher’s standards and performance management), students (as set out in the school’s behaviour policy) and Governors.
Opportunities to learn about the rule of law are built onto the curriculum. For example, in history they look at law and order and in PHSE students learn about crime and punishment.
We invest a great deal of time in creating a positive culture in our school, so that children are in a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged. We encourage children to choose the task that will challenge them, giving them more freedom to determine their own learning. We offer a range of clubs which pupils have the freedom to choose from, based on their interests.
Through our E-Safety and philosophy for learning, we educate children on their rights and personal freedoms as well as supporting them in recognising how to exercise these freedoms safely. At St Anne’s we believe that valuing choice and freedom in daily school life will foster a value for individual liberty as the children embark upon their adult lives.
Opportunities that exist within the curriculum include, for example, learning about human rights in geography and precious liberties of citizens, and rights and responsibilities in PHSE and History
Mutual respect is at the core of our school life. Students learn to treat each other and staff with great respect. This is evident when walking around our school and in the classrooms.
We strive to foster strong working relationships between staff and students, between colleagues and between staff and parents. A positive understanding of differences and willingness to listen to the views of others is embedded in our daily practices.
Behaviour Policies promote good behaviour and challenge poor behaviour so that all students respect others and give them the opportunity to succeed. We take seriously our duty to prevent victimisation of any individual and we carefully analyse any incidents where racist, homophobic or sexist actions could hurt others.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At St Anne’s we offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected. We strongly believe that tolerance is gained through knowledge and understanding. Through our curriculum and the routines of our daily school life, we strive to demonstrate tolerance and help children to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens who can build a better Britain for the future.
We endeavor to ensure that we are enhancing students’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society by offering them many and varied opportunities for them to experience this first hand. There are many visits, trips and opportunities for students to learn all about other faiths, creeds and cultures not just in this country but around the world with trips taking place to France, Spain and Iceland.
Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been supported by learning across the curriculum.
In summary, we prepare our students for life in a complex, contradictory and chaotic modern Britain. Our data illustrates that the vast majority of our students go on to take part fully as civilized members of society who experience a range of roles throughout their lives. We wish our students to become good employees, caring partners and parents, active citizens and engaged friends and we work hard in school to ensure that these core values are promoted for all. The school’s promotion of these core values ensures a steady progression of attitudes and qualities.