At St John’s, we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school.
The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools and sets out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The five British Values are:
· the rule of law;
· individual liberty;
· mutual respect;
· tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.
All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE and SCARF lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. Children embrace these concepts with enthusiasm and demonstrate a good understanding of their application to their own lives.
Actively promoting also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
At St John’s, our core Christian values permeate all areas of school life, thereby further embedding the British Values within our already established school Christian values.