At St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School we recognise, not only the importance of helping students to flourish academically, but also spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, so they are fully prepared for life in British society and for their role as citizens, able to make the strongest possible contribution to the Common Good of all. We teach the importance of British Values by going much deeper into the meaning of what it means to live a good life, within a framework of Catholic Christian Values. This provides the context and meaning for understanding why British values are important.
The Key Values are:
- Rule of law.
- Individual liberty.
- Mutual respect.
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
British values draw on the example of Jesus and his welcome and inclusion of all, which is developed in Catholic Social Teaching.
At St. Mary's reinforce British Values regularly and in the following ways:
- Our School Mission Statement
- Catholic Social Teaching - lessons and assemblies as well as actions
- Assemblies and collective worship where we teach respect for all, following the example of Jesus, how God wishes us to act, tolerance and differences and respecting and following the law.
- R.E lessons which teach children about other faiths as well as their own.
- RSE and PHSE lessons
- A range of curriculum topics
- Visits from authorities such as the police etc. help to reinforce the rule of law.
- Jobs and responsibilities children have, interviews and role appointments for children
- Theme weeks e.g. One world week, Internet Safety.
- Pupils are keen to support charities, whether local, national or global e.g., Hillingdon Food Bank, CAFOD.
- Our School Code of Conduct and behaviour principles
- Learning about the choices we make
- Internal elections for groups, applications and interviews for jobs