September 23, 2017

Our Vision Statement & British Values

“As a Catholic family we welcome all and value Christ in everyone, whilst seeking the highest possible achievements.”

HOW DOES OUR SCHOOL VISION REFLECT BRITISH VALUES

St. Joseph’s actively promotes British Values. We develop the value of democracy through our active promotion of the democratic process. Elections are held for our posts of responsibility for House and Vice captains and our school committee. The rule of law is promoted through our ongoing PSHE programme and reflects our vision in trying to achieve the highest possible personal achievements. Knowing the difference between right and wrong is a fundamental understanding that helps us recognise Christ in everyone. Individual liberty is promoted through our RE curriculum with pupils expected to take personal responsibility. It is strongly reflected in how we want pupils to treat one another reflecting the fact that we value Christ in everyone. This is undertaken across the curriculum including assemblies, daily worship and our liturgies. This encourages respect for others, tolerance for differences and a recognition that people may have different faiths and beliefs. This is reflected in our RE curriculum where world religions are covered in each year group.

Our welcome to families and visitors is the drive for our vision. We want people to experience and see Christ within our pupils. We promote the gospel values of faith, diligence, sensitivity, tolerance and respect for others. This is reflected by the Social Moral, Spiritual and Cultural focus of the school. We want our pupils to grow up to be hardworking, have a developed understanding of what is right and wrong, be good citizens and find Christ in everyone.

St. Joseph’s vision is active and drives all that we do in the school. It is shared with all our pupils, staff and Directors/Governors and revisited annually to maintain both the focus of the vision and ensure that it is effectively shared within the school community.

There are many practical examples of how this happens every day in school. Our school committee supports many local and national charities. Our school choir visits residential homes for the elderly. Our walking champions encourage pupils and parents to act as responsible citizens and walk and stride to school. We run over 20 extra-curricular clubs throughout the school. We have a very active school committee. Our school Chaplain promotes and complements our focus on Gospel values. We are partners with different schools both in this country and in Europe. We are a Fairtrade school promoting fairness throughout the world.

Promoting British Values at St Joseph’s

 The DfE have recently reinforced the 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.”

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated this year. At St Joseph’s these values are promoted regularly in the following ways:

Democracy

Children in year 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 have the opportunity to put themselves forward for the role of School Committee member and House Captains/Vice Captains. All of the children are voted for by their peers. The School Council meets every month to discuss issues or concerns raised by their peers.

The Rule of Law

The children learn about the importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the wider community. The children are taught from an early age the rules of the school. These include Playground Rules and Safety Rules. Children are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws and the responsibilities that come with choice. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

The children are encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We educate and provide boundaries for our children to make informed choices. They are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety and PSHE lessons.

Mutual Respect

St Joseph’s Vision Statement places great importance on mutual respect. ‘As a Catholic family we welcome all and value Christ in everyone’. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy. We actively encourage the children to discuss how we can demonstrate mutual respect during our Class Worships and assemblies.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

While it is our primary intention to show children how to develop their own spirituality and their relationship with God, we also explore the teachings and philosophies of other world faiths. Children understand the need for tolerance in all aspects of life and we always seek to find similarities rather than differences through the teaching of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. We also explore the diversity in our school community. Children of different faiths and religions are also encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within our classes and the school.

Equality

Updated September 2017