In June 2014 the Government emphasised the important role schools can play in the teaching of British values. It has since integrated this into the school inspection process to evaluate how well a school is promoting these values. At Firle we strongly believe that our ‘Christian Values’ are very much aligned to the values being promoted by the government as British.
These values of:
- Justice/Rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
These build upon the work of the prevent strategy.
There are numerous examples throughout the curriculum where would share and display these moral values:
- Links are made with PSHCE curriculum with a specific focus like ’Anti bullying week’
- Our children are taught 1 hour RE a week in KS1 and more in KS2. Our new curriculum has a strong focus on children relating examples of Christ teaching in their life
- In our creative curriculum Britain’s place historically and geographically is taught
- Democracy is very much in action with our elected class councillors sitting on a school council. Before meetings they canvas the views of their peers and have a real influence on school decision making and fund raising. Classes run fundraising stalls at the school fetes.
- There are pupil surveys which are carried out throughout the school council. They also have suggestion box which they monitor. Our school Governors have seen this in action.
- Mutual respect and tolerance is developed through class circle time which happens. Children are encouraged to discuss issues and problems, understand the impact of their behaviours to others and give solutions to problems that will benefit the whole school community. Christian and British values have a high priority in school with links being consciously made throughout the curriculum and a part of everyday life experiences
At Firle we are proud of our vision and values. We will pass them on to our children through teachings but most importantly through our actions!