British Values Statement
The government set out its definition of ‘British Values’ in the ‘Prevent Strategy’ (2011), which was designed to prevent the extremism and religious radicalisation of young people. British values are considered by the government to be:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
St Paul’s Junior School is a Catholic school which seeks to live out the values of Jesus Christ. The promotion of ‘British Values’ is central to Catholic education because these values have their origin in the Christian values of our nation. At St Paul’s Catholic Junior School, we provide an education that focuses on the formation of the whole person and on our vocation and purpose in life – Love God, Love Life, Love Learning. We also provide a wide range of extracurricular activities and strong pastoral support. We incorporate democratic principles, value the rule of law, support individual liberty and foster a community in which different faiths and beliefs are respected.
At St Paul’s Catholic Junior School, we promote Democracy
- Having a school council and taking part in debates
- Highlighting the development of democratic ideas in history lessons
- Allowing pupils to vote for School Council
- Ensuring all pupils are listened to by adults
- School Councillors representing St Paul’s Junior School regularly at 'Liverpool Schools' Parliament' sittings, held at Liverpool Town Hall.
At St Paul’s Catholic Junior School, we promote Individual
- Children are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. what activity they do at lunchtime or which afterschool club they join in with.
- Children participate in child-led activities which develop problem solving andunderstanding – Primary Inspirations mornings, maths workshops and activity mornings, book at breakfast mornings, trips, residential projects, etc.
- Children learn to exercise freedoms responsibly and constructively when choosing work partners, projects and groups in certain areas of the curriculum
At St Paul’s Catholic Junior School, we promote The Rule of Law by ...
- Classes creating “class rules”
- Having a whole school code of conduct
- Having a clear behaviour policy that is explained to all
- Organising visits from the police service to reinforce the message of right and wrong
- Organising eCadet workshops / tutorials focusing on online safety
- Highlighting the rules of the Church and God in the RE curriculum
- Encouraging students to be independent in their learning
- Providing students with opportunities for reflection as they take responsibility to discerning their vocation
At St Paul’s Catholic Junior School, we promote Mutual Respect
- Having a mission statement that is inclusive – Learning from the example of Jesus, our school will be a place where everyone feels loved, valued and encouraged to do the best they can.
- Constantly promoting and rewarding respect for others as good manners
- Reinforcing the value of everyone’s opinions in class discussions
- Having an effective anti-bullying policy
- Emphasising in RE and all lessons that every person is unique and “created in the image of God”
- Having active educational links with other schools
- Supporting charitable works: CAFOD, Nugent Care, MacMillan, NSPCC etc.
At St Paul’s Catholic Junior School, we promote Tolerance of
those with different faiths and beliefs by...
- Our Religious Education Scheme 'Come and See', it 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.
- Visiting other places of Worship and meeting with members of those faith communities