Democracy and British Values

Promoting British Values at St Anne’s RC Primary School

The DfE have reinforced the need "to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs". The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by our government. St Anne’s RC Primary School is committed to actively promoting the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; the pupils are encouraged to develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain. At St Anne’s RCP these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

Democracy

Democratic processes are embedded in the way we work at St Anne’s in the following ways.

*       Each class elects two school councillors who represent pupils on the School Council. Pupils’ views are sought in many ways such as surveys; interviews; assemblies and pupil workshops on topics such as the school behaviour policy, school charter.

*      Pupils in Years 4-6 can apply for positions as School Chaplains; our faith ambassadors. They support children and classes in their faith journeys whilst at St Anne’s; often taking part in Masses and delivering assemblies.

*      Each KS2 class has Class Ambassadors; these positions are appointed by class teachers who select two children to represent their class and lead by example.

*      Science Ambassadors, are pupils who support teachers in Science Lesson.

*      Sports Leaders, pupils in Year 2 and 6 can apply for positions as sports leaders; helping to organise and run activities during play and lunchtimes.

*      Peer Mediation; this is a new position pupils in KS2 will be able to apply for in September following training by the Healthy Schools Team.

*      School Librarians, pupils in KS2 can apply for positions as school librarians.

*      Year 6 prefects can apply for a range of responsibilities from office work to supporting younger children in the lower classes.

*      KS2 children study democracy including visits to Houses of parliament, skyping politicians and taking part in the debate club.

Individual Liberty

St Anne’s pastoral policies and schemes such as the, School Offer, Behaviour Policy, Anti-Bullying Policy, Equality Policy and E-Safety Policy, Caritas in Action scheme ensure that all children can learn in a safe environment. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and to know how to keep themselves safe. We work with agencies such as Childline, Greater Manchester Police, the Prison Service, Fire Service and Health professionals. As an accredited 'Healthy School' we are committed to ensuring that our children know how to keep themselves healthy and fit in order to fully enjoy their lives now and in adulthood. We have themed weeks and workshops covering Healthy School topics; walk to school week, drugs week, e safety and anti-bullying weeks.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

St Anne’s is a culturally diverse school with children from a wide range of countries and religions. At St Anne’s we achieve an understanding and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs by developing every child's awareness of their place in a culturally diverse society. We want our children to understand the wider community they live in as well as the global community and how they can contribute to both and make a difference. Every Year, classes learn about other religions and faiths during our World Religion Week. Children also learn about celebrations in other faiths and cultures such as; Chinese New Year; Jewish festivals such as Chanukah, Rosh Hashanah and Islamic festivals such as Ramadan and Eid. As a catholic School relationship with our Partner schools the Church and the local community is very important. This gives us the unique opportunity to work in a richly diverse community.

The Rule of Law

The importance of Laws or rules is reinforced in many ways. These include class rules and wider school rules, which have been developed with children and parents linking our behaviour policy to our Gospel Values: Trust, Joy, Mercy, Striving, Nurturing, Friendship, Acceptance, Caring, patience, Peace and Hope. Our wider school rules and values apply to all and are clearly understood as a framework for the way we all conduct ourselves. The need for rules is often discussed in assemblies and through our PSHE (personal, social and health education) programme. This work is also linked to visits from the Police, Prison and Fire Services.

Mutual Respect

Our school ethos is built around our mission and vision statements (influenced by Gospel values). It is these Gospel Values: Trust, Joy, Mercy, Striving, Nurturing, Friendship, Acceptance, Caring, patience, Peace and Hope that underpin everything we do. They are at the heart Circle Time, Assemblies, Collective Worship, School Council meetings and in staff meetings. We regularly ask parents and carers for their views on our school (Parent/Carer Voice) and how it meets the needs of their child in terms of their happiness and wellbeing. We hope that by living in an environment where mutual respect is demonstrated daily they will enter the wider world understanding its importance.

 

 

Thank you  Caroline for teaching us about the maypole and how to dance around it. Mr Winstanley did a super job of holding the pole still!

 

World of Work- working with Pizza Express to make out own PIzzas

 

 

Celebrating the 90th birthday of our queen - Queen Elizabeth

   Remembering those who lost their lives during WWI

 

Debate Club

Children in KS2 participate in a weekly, after school debating club which will culminate towards entrance in an interschool Debating Championship, which is hosted and held at St Annes RC Primary. It involves debating appropriate, relevant topics against other schools in the locality for the accolade of Debating Champion. Debating is an extremely important skill for children to learn, as acquisition of the skills of persuasion appear heavily on the KS2 curriculum and are an  important future life skill for children to possess. Children are extremely aware of current affairs and thrive on the opportunity to present and discuss their points of view.