In line with the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015, the Governing Body and staff have due regard to the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism. The staff at St Michael’s receive Prevent training to ensure there are clear procedures across the school community and particularly in relation to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development.
The DfE have reinforced the obligation for schools “to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. Actively promoting these values means challenging opinions and behaviours that are contrary to, or undermine these values. At St. Michael’s British values are reinforced regularly through the SMSC provision that permeates all we do. We help pupils to be prepared for life in modern Britain in the following ways:
Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour and understand how they can contribute positively to society. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our elected House Captains, School Council, Eco Council and Collective Worship Group as well as through worry boxes, pupil questionnaires and interviews. As part of the school behaviour policy, when the class have collected 3 gold coins for excellent behaviour they vote to decide their class treat.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced during the school day, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through assemblies and collective worship. Pupils are taught to distinguish between right and wrong and to understand that laws are there to govern and protect us. We teach children about rights and responsibilities and support them to understand about consequences when rules or laws are broken. Visits from the authorities such as the police and the Year 6 ‘Crucial Crew’ trip to the fire station are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E Safety and PSHE lessons.
Our school ethos and behaviour policy revolves around Core Values such as ‘Respect’. Pupils take part in discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. As part of our home learning, pupils complete an activity at home each half term on one of our 12 values.
Tolerance of those of Different Faith and Beliefs
In RE lessons we develop children’s knowledge and understanding of all religions represented in this country. There are opportunities for enhancing pupils’ understanding of our culturally diverse society and to experience that diversity, for example by visits to places of worship other than Christian churches. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths, religions and cultures within the school are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning and to promote harmony and respect between different cultural traditions.
Here are some of the things we do:
School Council (elected and report to Governing Body)
Governing Body (parents and staff elected)
Staff meetings (all staff have equal rights)
Open door policy (parents/carers)
Opportunities to formulate class working ethos (class rules)
Policies – Inclusion, Access, Equality to all
Sport (mixed teams)
Philosophy for children
Rule of Law
Policies (Behaviour, Bullying)
Modelling of good behaviour
School Council – Playtime Rules
Code of Conduct
Magistrates visits – Legal Eagles
Responsibility and Liberty
Pupil Voice (children encouraged to have and express own opinions)
Encouraging pupils’ individual strengths
Eco Council encourages the community to care for the environment/resources
Collective Worship council
Non School Uniform days
Staff take priority leads on School Development Plan – report to Governing Body
Choice to enter competitions
Behaviour for Learning ethos
Staff speak to children respectfully
Adult child interaction
House system, Good Citizens Awards, Headteacher Awards – recognition of achievement
Respecting / celebrating all achievements in and out of school – competitions
Buddy system – Reception and Year 6
After school clubs run by staff
Respect to visitors
Encourage parents to be an active part of the school community
RE policy – other world faiths
Celebrations / world festivals
House system – mixed ability / age groupings
Visits to places of worship (Christian and others)
Mixed age playtimes
Celebration of difference (behaviour / ability) modelling by staff.