The Department of Education introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values more actively from September 2014 and to ensure they are taught in schools.
In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain.
Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
What are British Values?
The Key Values are:
- Rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At Christ Church we recognise that actively promoting these values means challenging opinions or behaviours in school that are contrary to fundamental British values.
All staff and visitors to the school are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values.
In order to support pupil’s understanding the what is meant by each of the key British values, we use child-friendly definitions:
We can make our voice heard by using our vote.
“So choose some men from each tribe. Choose wise men who have understanding and experience. I will make them leaders over you.”
Rule of law:
We are expected to follow an agreed set of rules to help keep ourselves, and others, safe and happy.
“Act justly and to love mercy and walk humbly with your God.”
We have the freedom to make our own choices.
“We have freedom now because Christ made us free. So stand strong.”
We treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves.
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs:
We recognise that people have different faiths and beliefs and we celebrate these differences and the variety that they bring.
“Don’t judge other people, and you will not be judged.”