British Values Policy

Our vision is to create a community based on Catholic faith and values where every child is empowered to be the best he or she can be, nurtured by outstanding teachers, staff and governors

Promoting British Values Statement

The DFE have reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.” At St Martha’s Catholic Primary School these values are reinforced in the following ways:

Democracy:

Democracy is richly embedded within St Martha’s. Children have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Circle time / Greatness sessions, through The School Council, through Public Speaking, during School Assemblies and in Class through hot seating question and answer sessions . The School ethos encourages positive behaviour and good manners and respect throughout the school.

The Rule of Law:

Children are taught the value and reasons behind laws and rules, i.e class and school rules, that they govern and protect us, the responsibility this involves and the consequences when rules and laws are broken. Visits from the Police, Fire Service are a regular part of our calendar events and help to reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty:

At St Martha’s pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Opportunities are provided for the children to express their preferences through voting for the School Council and other roles within the school. We educate children to make informed choices empowering them to make informed decisions. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their personal freedoms and how to employ them safely through e-safety and PSHE lessons.

Mutual Respect:

The respect of self and others is fundamental to our core values and ethos. Children take part in discussions and collective worship which emphasise respect for all and this message is reinforced through our daily interactions. Adults and children model respect for each other, age related tasks and responsibilities are integral to supporting this message.

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs:

At St Martha’s we are blessed with a culturally rich & diverse school community which provides us with unique opportunities to learn from and celebrate each other’s differences.