Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic Primary School

We Learn with God as our Guide

Promoting British Values

 

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School

The government has defined British Values as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We believe that these values are represented within our existing Catholic school – respect, kindness, fairness, self-belief, trust and honesty.

We promote these values through our school vision, our curriculum and teaching and learning strategies, and the enrichment activities in which are pupils participate.

 

Value 

How We Promote It

Democracy

 

Links to School Values:

Trust

Fairness

Respect

  • We have an elected school council that meet fortnightly. Each class in Key Stage 2 elects two representatives (a boy and a girl) mirroring the electoral process. We have a strong record of SEND representation on the school council.
  • Children are involved in key decisions about aspects of school life such as how to spend donated funds, organising charity fund raising and promoting anti-bullying.
  • Curriculum leaders and governors regularly use the pupil voice to help direct them with improvements to specific areas eg. the request of vocational speakers in a assemblies, the favoured learning styles in specific subjects, the impact of the changes of the marking and behaviour policies. The results are fed back to the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and acted upon where appropriate.
  • We encourage volunteerism in and out of school. This includes things like sports leaders, participation in local and national charities eg. Y6 chose to take part in Loom to the Moon.
  • Each year, the year 5 children are buddied with the new Foundation children to help them adjust to the routines of school life.
  • Democracy is also promoted through the curriculum. Debates take place in lessons such as RE and is taught about in subjects such as History and the Ancient Greeks.
  • Pupils have a say in their end of term Team Point rewards.

The rule of Law.

 

Links to School Values:

Fairness

Honesty

Respect

Courage

  • We have high expectations and standards about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Codes of Conduct and Behaviour for Learning Policy.
  • At the beginning of each academic year, as a school we revise the whole school code of conduct and each class set their own class’ code of conduct.
  • There are rewards for good behaviour consistent with the Behaviour for Learning Policy (in the form of House Points which accumulate to an end of term reward for the whole team) and for success in their learning (in the form of Smiles which accumulate to gain certificates and badges). These are then celebrated fortnightly in our whole school celebration assembly where the whole school community are invited and gather.
  • As part of our Behaviour for Learning policy (which is based on the values of respect, fairness and honesty), parents are informed at certain stages so that the school and family can work together.
  • Our Behaviour for Learning policy is clear and outlines how poor behaviour is dealt with. This is adhered to by all staff in a fair manner, and children know what to expect.
  • We have an assembly led by local police officers which help reinforce what is right and wrong.
  • Our Year 6s take part in Junior Citizens and take part in workshops, some of which also focus on making the right choices.
  • In the RE curriculum, we teach the 10 Commandments and the rules of God.
  • Behaviour incidents are recorded and kept centrally. A member of the SLT collates these fortnightly to analyse and look for trends.
  • Parents annually sign a home-school agreement.
  • Through our weekly ‘Wednesday Word’ sessions (Gospels from the Mass), children are taught about the values through Jesus’ teachings which support them in making the right choices. This is also done through twice weekly RE lessons; collective worship; personal development lessons and Humanities.

Individual Liberty

 

Links to School Values:

Self-belief

Respect

Fairness

Trust

Kindness

Compassion

 

  • Through our school values and aims and teaching across the curriculum, but particularly in RE and Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE), children are taught about personal responsibility, the courage to stand up for what is right, resilience and aspiration.
  • In year 6, the children take part in an Aspirations Day with the local partnership schools.
  • Smiles are awarded specifically to encourage the development of independent learning.
  • Pupils discuss topical affairs as they arise, particularly through news link programs and linked to our values.
  • Pupils raise money for charities which particularly stand up for the rights of children: African Children’s Fund.
  • Children are taught how to keep themselves safe online through ‘Internet Safety Week; workshops are also held annually for parents.
  • Bullying is not tolerated; we have a robust Anti-bullying policy and we take part in anti-bullying week.
  • All children are given regular opportunities to explore critical thinking issues and develop their ability to discuss opinions and work together to explore how they may disagree of agree with one another.

Mutual Respect

 

Links to School Values:

Respect

Trust

Fairness

Kindness

Compassion

  • Our mission statement is inclusive and regularly reviewed.
  • We celebrate diversity through assemblies and lessons. We have an Interfaith week where the children learn about other faiths and cultures, we invite members of other faiths into our school to lead assemblies, we make links to other faiths during our RE lessons, we visit other places of worship.
  • We have high expectations of behaviour and our policies clearly state about race and equality.
  • Pupils are encouraged to see everybody in the school as unique and follow the strong belief that everyone was made in the image of God. The Senco leads a whole school assembly on this.
  • We spend time focusing on respect in Collective Worship through the teachings of Jesus.
  • We provide many opportunities for the children to work together from across the school: walking to the church; paired reading across the Key stages.
  • Staff are good role models by treating others as equals.
  • We are an inclusive school; our strong record of SEND involvement in all aspects of school life demonstrates this: sport tournaments; participation/representation in collective worship; pupil voice; school council to name but a few.
  • Through whole school assemblies and wider community projects, children are encouraged to explore and learn about other cultures: Samaritans Christmas APPEAL; African Children’s Fund.
  • Children are encouraged to appreciate their own culture and what it means to be British: celebration of Feast days such as St George, British Legion – remembering fallen soldiers during the World Wars.

Tolerance of Different faiths and beliefs

 

Links to School Values:

Respect

Integrity

Compassion

Fairness

Self-belief

  • We have a strong equal opportunities policy and celebrate diversity eg. Inviting families and leaders from other faiths to talk to classes.
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through our RE syllabus and promoted through our annual Interfaith week. Children learn about different religions, beliefs, places of worship and festivals and draw comparisons with our own.
  • We bring in Teaching Assistants to support with our growing number of Polish pupils.
  • Visitors share their experiences of different faiths (including Buddhism, Muslim and Hindu).
  • Through Bible stories, we teach how Jesus encourages tolerance, such as. The Good Samaritan.