Promoting British Values
All schools are required to promote British values as part of the ‘Prevent Strategy’ (2011), which was designed to prevent the extremism and religious radicalisation of young people. The government defines British values as ‘democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.’
At St Peter’s we teach the importance of British values within a broader framework of Catholic values. Drawing on the example of Jesus and his welcome and inclusion of all, we are guided by our mission statement ‘Stay with us Lord on our journey’ and by the Christian values of honourable purpose (vocation and service), respect, compassion, co-operation and stewardship.
The following examples show some of the many ways we seek to embed British values at St Peter’s:
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws is consistently reinforced through our behaviour policy and in assemblies. Our citizenship curriculum teaches students the values and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Regular educational visits from the Police and Fire Services help to reinforce this message.
Students are actively encouraged to make independent choices knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. We encourage them to see themselves as unique individuals able to make a unique contribution to their community. Students receive advice about how to exercise their rights, responsibilities and personal freedoms safely through E-Safety classes and form time activities; they also make personal decisions about their own future during one-to-one meetings with our onsite careers advisorand when choosing their Key Stage 4 options.
Respect for others is a core value at St Peter’s and is modelled by students and staff alike. We celebrate individuality and difference within our community and emphasise our calling to work for the Common Good in the service of others. Our RE, PE and Citizenship curriculums teach students about fairness, justice and healthy relationships and encourage them to look out for those who might be marginalised or disadvantaged. The school has taken a very strong stance on social inclusion and anti-bullying and the values of respect and responsibility are reinforced through our Behaviour Code and in extra-curricular activities such as sport.
Students are always able to voice their opinions at St Peter’s. We encourage them to validate their opinions and understand the value of co-operation and consensus, while also fostering an environment where they can debate ideas and are safe to disagree with each other. Our citizenship curriculum educates our students about how Britain is governed and other forms of government. Students also take an active role in democratic processes through the national Make Your Mark Programme, our School Council system and at Manchester Voicebox meetings.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
St Peter’s is an extremely diverse community, with over sixty first languages and as many heritage nationalities. Our Religious Education and Citizenship lessons encourage an understanding of and respect for people of other faiths or none and other cultures and lifestyles, while our annual International Evening celebrates our diverse community through music, dance, costumes and food from many cultures. We also maintain strong educational links with schools in China, Ghana and elsewhere.
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