As directed by the Department for Education, schools have a duty to actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law; individual liberty; mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. These values were first set out by the government in the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2011. In November 2014, schools were required to have a strategy for embedding these values and showing how their work with pupils has been effective in doing so.
At our school, we think about how the values of our society are fundamental as we live in an increasingly growing diverse and vibrant society. We know that it is possible to live together peacefully, each of us a valuable part of our multicultural world. Through understanding the core British Values, we strive to be the best citizens we can be.
At St Norbert’s Catholic Academy School, we uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as:
- Rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
These values are taught explicitly through Religious Education (RE) and Collective Worships, Philosophy for Children (P4C), Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE), (RE). We also teach British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum. We have achieved the following external accreditations which demonstrate evidence of our commitment to British Values:
- Diocesan Inspection grade of Outstanding (March 2015)
- Ofsted grade of ‘Outstanding’ (July 2015)
- Artsmark Silver (2016)
- RRSA Level 2 (2014) and RRSA Gold Level (2017)
The school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through daily collective worship and whole school systems and structures such as electing and running a successful School Council, Chaplaincy team, Eco Team as well as many more pupil led groups. We also actively promote British Values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values. We also play active parts in supporting our local and global community through a range of workshops, missions and charity work.
Take a look at what each aspect of the British Values looks like in our school.