Vision and Values
- to give each one of our students the best possible education to prepare them for a successful and fulfilling life
- to build a community based on mutual respect and tolerance
- to open minds and provide a rich experience inside and beyond the classroom
- in a school with the Christian faith and Christian values at its heart
- in the God-given potential of each of our students
- in the value of every member of our school community of all faiths and none
- by excellence in teaching and learning
- by fostering a purposeful and disciplined atmosphere where all can thrive
- by students, staff, parents and the wider community working together
“I have come that they might have life, and have it in its fullness” John 10:10
In support of the Department for Education (DofE) document: Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools, Departmental advice for maintained schools, November 2014.
At Saint Aidan’s, we value the diversity of the backgrounds of all pupils, families and the wider school community and strongly believe in upholding British values through all aspects of our school provision.
The DofE states that there is a need:
“To create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all 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”.
Our school reflects British values in all that we do. We aim to nurture our students on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world and the wider world.
What is meant by British values?
Learning about British values forms a key part of a young person’s spiritual, moral, cultural and social education. The five British values that the Government has identified for schools to focus on are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
- Developing personal and social responsibility
- Respect for British Institutions
How should we help our students prepare for adult life as citizens of Britain?
- Develop their self-confidence and self esteem.
- Develop their understanding of right and wrong, and their respect for the law.
- Encourage them to take responsibility for their behaviour.
- Encourage involvement in the community and wider society.
- Encourage respect for the public services and institutions of Britain.
- Promote tolerance of and respect for all cultures and faiths.
- Encourage participation in the democratic process.
How does our school develop young people’s understanding of British values?
We uphold the British value of Democracy by:
- facilitating a democratic process for electing our Student Leadership Team and the running of the SLT.
- teaching about the democratic process in Britain, at both a local and national level. We teach about communities and pressure groups, how children can participate in these and make changes to life at all levels from local to global.
- Showing care, compassion and understanding in and outside of the classroom.
We uphold the British value of the Rule of Law by:
- teaching students an understanding of human rights, in particular the UNICEF rights of the child.
- implementing our school policies which have clear and agreed statements, and ensuring that the students know their own right and respect the rights of others.
- teaching students to learn about the process of law-making and the part that citizens can play in that process.
- implementing our procedures and protocols for dealing with any behavioural or bullying issues and the very rare incidents of racial, homophobic and other forms of discrimination, which demonstrates to pupils that we take these issues very seriously, mirroring the attitudes of British society.
We uphold the British value of individual liberty and work to identify and combat discrimination by:
- teaching an understanding of the concept of freedom and choice.
- teaching our RE curriculum, which inculcates values of understanding, tolerance and respect for others, including those of other faiths.
- teaching students an understanding of human rights, in particular the UNICEF rights of the child, through assemblies and class lessons.
- providing our extra-curricular provision, which offers equal opportunities for all students, male and female, and young people with Special Educational Needs in sport and other areas.
- holding discussions in RE, English and other subjects, which allow students to develop respect for the opinions, values and beliefs of others.
We uphold the British value of developing personal and social responsibility by:
- expecting students to show responsibility in many ways in school including being proctors, officers, student leaders and mentors.
- encouraging students to have responsibility for their own possessions, behaviour and work, both at school and at home and to always do their personal best in all aspects of school life.
- delivering information about keeping safe on the internet to all our students and offering information sessions for parents about this.
We uphold the British value of respect for British Institutions by:
- celebrating many British festivals and special events, e.g. Remembrance Day, Christmas, Easter, World Book Day, Children in Need, Red-Nose day etc.
- regularly inviting representatives from various groups, such as Good News for Everyone (Gideons), charities, our link missionaries and the local churches to visit our school and talk to the students in both lessons and assemblies.
- teaching about the structure and work of Parliament, keeping students informed of major and minor events which can be discussed.
In all our provision, both academic and otherwise, we endeavour for our school community to develop an understanding of British values and a strong desire to uphold them both now and as future British citizens.
In support of the DofE document: Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools, Departmental advice for maintained schools, November 2014