British Values Statement

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School is a Catholic School which seeks to live out the values of Jesus Christ.

As a Catholic school we are fully committed to the values contained within the Gospels. As modern British values have evolved from a time when we were historically Christian, our Gospel values and British values are fundamentally linked and interwoven.  In 2011, the government defined British Values as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. 

We proudly promote these same values through our curriculum as a Catholic school as represented in our mission statement. This recognises every pupil is unique and created in the image of God. (Genesis 1:27) Our framework for understanding British Values draws on the example of Jesus and his welcome and inclusion of all, which is the basis of Catholic Social Teaching.

The Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC) as advocated by the Department for Education seeks to:

  • Enable children to develop self-knowledge
  • Enable children to distinguish between right and wrong
  • Encourage children to accept responsibility for their behaviour, and understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those in their locality and to society more widely
  • Further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions
  • Encourage respect for other people.[1]

At Our Lady of Lourdes we demonstrate this in our teaching and learning. Our curriculum is designed to enable every pupil to be the best that they can be, to be able to discern their vocation and to be well-equipped to follow it as active citizens in service to the world.

While not exhaustive, the following table shows some of the ways in which we strive to meet these goals in our classroom and playground every day:

Value How We Promote It
Democracy

 

Links to Gospel values:
Respect
Tolerance
Servant Leadership
Compassion

Link to Beatitudes:
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied”

The children at Our Lady of Lourdes have an elected School Council.  This body is used as an opportunity to promote and teach about democracy and the electoral process.

We strongly encourage volunteerism both in and out of school.  This is demonstrated by the Eco-Council, sports captains, ICT support, lunch helpers, and also raising money and awareness for local and national charities such as The Clock Tower Sanctuary and Mary’s Meals.

Democracy is further embedded through topic discussions in additional Education and Personal Relationship (EPR) lessons and assemblies.[2]

The rule of law

 

Links to Gospel values:
Respect
Community
Forgiveness
Justice

Link to Beatitudes:
“Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called children of God”

Our Lady of Lourdes has high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy.  There are also rewards for exhibiting good and caring behaviour, and consistent demonstration of our values is recognised through activities such as ‘Star of the Week’ and ‘Good to be Gold’ awards.

Through concrete efforts such as House Points, the Golden Rule programme and Restorative Justice, the children develop practical understanding and become able to articulate their own roles in society.

Through our school assemblies, circle time and EPR curriculum, children are taught how to earn trust and respect and they are supported to develop a strong sense of morality; our children are also taught to know right from wrong and to understand making the right choice even when it can be difficult.

The local police officer / PCSO visits the school to talk to the children and explain about their role in society, our rights and responsibility to each other.

Individual liberty

 

Links to Gospel values:
Respect
Simplicity
Honesty

Link to Beatitudes
“Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God”

Through our school values and the EPR programme, children are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration.  They are also encouraged to take opportunities to follow their interests in drama, art, music, sport, etc.

Reconciliation and learning about one’s self and rootedness in community is achieved through collective worship and in Mass.

Children at Our Lady of Lourdes are taught how to keep themselves safe in various ways. This includes social media and e-Safety.  Our efforts here are also accomplished through computing lessons, assemblies and outside organisations such as the NSPCC, as well as through the EPR curriculum.

Mutual respect

 

Links to Gospel values:
Respect
Peace
Equality

Link to Beatitudes
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy”

We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy and Equalities Policy.

Through our school’s values, EPR programme, and frameworks such as Restorative Justice, bubble time and circle time, our children are taught to respect each other, to be cooperative and collaborative, to be supportive of one another, and to look for similarities while being understanding of differences.

Mutual respect is also promoted through additional EPR lessons and assemblies.  A range of specific assemblies are delivered focusing on helping other pupils to understand particular special needs, be they educational or emotional.

The Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) themes are a fundamental part of our deanery EPR programme.

Co-operation with one another is also enhanced through cross- peer linkages with Year 6 Buddies and Anti-bullying activities.

Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

 

Links to Gospel values:
Community
Compassion
Tolerance
Equality

Link to Beatitudes
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth”

Our Lady of Lourdes has high expectations about pupil conduct and understanding of diversity. This is reflected in our Behaviour Policy and Equalities Policy.

Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through the Syllabus for Religious Education. Our children learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals.  Moreover, the children’s work on this subject or whole school learning in assemblies is often displayed in the classrooms or around the school.

This is further supplemented by assemblies (Key Stage and whole school), which also mark and celebrate significant religious festivals such as Ramadan, Diwali and Chanukah as well as activities at the local Parish church and convent.

Diversity is promoted through music, displays, international evenings, drama/stories from other regions and cultures, and through the library’s dual-language collection.

[1] See https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/promoting-fundamental-british-values-through-smsc.

[2] EPR is the Diocesan term for curriculum encompassing themes of personal development and can be used interchangeably with PSHE, which is more commonly used by Ofsted to denote that same framework.

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