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British Values

Our fundamental aim is the education of the whole child.  This includes spiritual, moral, intellectual, emotional, social, physical and artistic development.  We cater for each pupil’s needs, encouraging each to develop their talents and so achieve their personal goals.  This enables our children to make a positive contribution to their community and make the world a better place, according to the values embodied in the Gospel.

 

Children are encouraged to become confident, independent young people who are able to meet the ever changing demands of life in the 21st century.  We believe that the development of the whole person is essential to education, so a varied programme of extra curricular activities and a strong emphasis on personal development serve to ensure that each child reaches their potential.

 

Every child is different.  Every child is important.  Every child is unique. Every child is able to make their own special contribution to society.

We strive to meet the needs of every child, appreciating the gifts and talents that each brings to our school and the wider  community.

We encourage every child to:

  • Value and celebrate their uniqueness
  • Develop lively and enquiring minds
  • Feel confident, secure and valued
  • Respect other people, cultures, religions and races
  • Explore and understand more about the world
  • Learn essential skills for life
  • Build strong friendships

Our Lady and St Edward’s strives to provide educational and life experiences which will enable individuals to achieve their potential in every aspect of their development.

When your child starts at Our Lady and St Edward’s Catholic Primary School it is the beginning of a partnership.  This partnership involves parents/carers, children, school and the parish.

We welcome parents/carers as real partners in the education of your child.  Your child is growing and learning in a world that is continuously changing.  We all want children to be able to adapt to the changes that they will face and be able to play a successful part in the world.

Our school curriculum is in line with the National Curriculum 2014.  Our aim is to place our children at the centre of their own learning and place great emphasis on nurturing skills and attitude such as resilience and co-operation.

Our school has a specific regard to the development of British values within our aims and the overall curriculum including:

Democracy

  • Having a school council
  • Highlighting the development of democratic ideas in thematic and history lessons
  • Allowing pupils to vote for Sports captains and School Council
  • Ensuring all adults are listened to by adults
  • Inviting speakers to the school including local officials and volunteers
  • Visiting the town hall, assemblies and local events
  • Holding mock and school elections

The Rule of Law

  • Classes creating ‘class rules’
  • Having a clear behaviour policy that is explained to all
  • Organising visits from the Police service to reinforce the message of right and wrong
  • Highlighting the rules of the Church and God in the RE curriculum, for example, the 10 Commandments
  • Teaching about the development of the Rule of Law in English Law inspired by Christian values and becoming a major influence across the world

Individual Liberty

  • Encourage pupils to be independent in their thinking and learning
  • Provide pupils with opportunities for reflection as they take responsibility to discerning what they want to be when they grow up (vocations)

Mutual Respect

  • Having a mission statement that is inclusive
  • Constantly promoting respect for others as good manners
  • Reinforcing the value of everyone’s opinions in class debates
  • Having an effective anti-bullying policy
  • Emphasis in RE and PSCHE lessons that every person is unique and ‘created in the image of God’
  • Having active educational links with other schools
  • Supporting charitable works

Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs

  • Highlight how Religious Education provides pupils with a deep understanding of their own faith as well as awareness of the faith and traditions of other religious communities as a basis for understanding and respecting them
  • Show how Jesus encouraged tolerance in stories such as The Good Samaritan
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