Fundamental British Values and Prevent
Promoting Fundamental British Values.
In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is "right" and "wrong", all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key Values are:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We are well aware our children come from a largely white British background. Some children may only rarely get the chance to mix with people of other faiths and other cultures. We feel it is important for our children to not only learn about other faiths in their R.E. lessons but to spend time with and mix with those from other cultures. The children from our school have opportunities to visit the Mosque in Preston or Blackpool learning from the Imam the about key differences and many similarities between faiths. Also ‘celebrated’ are Passover, Yom Kippur and learn about Eid and Divali.
We felt it was important to tackle head on the issue of Islamic terrorism and far right and the dangerous divisions this can foster between communities. This included speaking to children about their perceptions of the Muslim faith; the children had the chance to learn about the traditional dress for both women and men within the Asian community and the key message of love and peace which is at the heart of Islam. The children learnt about how their perceptions of whole communities could possibly be shaped by the actions of some people who do not represent the views of the whole community.
This year we intend to build upon the successes and ensure that our children increase their knowledge of other faiths and cultures and importantly that they ‘experience’ other faiths and cultures. It is first hand experiences which we believe will make a lasting impact upon our children and ensure that they grow up to be knowledgable and tolerant citizens.
Social, Moral, Cultural and Spiritual Aspects of learning
We aim to give the children a very rounded education. This will involve devoting time throughout the school year to the social, moral, cultural and spiritual aspects of learning. Every day in school, through class discussions, moments of thought and discussion and through the topics the children learn about, we seek to develop the children's understanding of other cultures and complex moral issues.
Learning about other Faiths
We fundamentally believe that a greater understanding of other faiths and religions can only serve to enhance the children's understanding of what it means to be a Catholic in our society today. We want our children to be outward looking, tolerant and knowledgable.
At Stalmine, through the Lancashire Agreed Syllabus, the children will about Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism and Buddhism. Their lessons will involve visits to places of worship, visits from different religious leaders. We will also ensure that the children experience and learn about key festivals for example Yom Kippur and Eid.
Happy children who have resilience, good self esteem and a strong sense of identity and belonging will be much more able to withstand any attempts to radicalise them. Through our PSHE curriculum and all our interactions with our pupils we work hard to develop children's emotional intelligence. Our Behaviour System reinforces the values that will enable children to be respectful, tolerant and able to take responsibility for their actions. We refer to British Values often when talking to the children about behaviour so they become a part of our common language and understanding.