Promoting British Values at St Nicolas C.E. Junior School
All schools are expected 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. At St Nicolas C.E. Junior School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is an important value at St Nicolas School. All children have the opportunity to indicate their views through our weekly School Voice and through regular Pupil questionnaires. School Voice provides opportunities through democratic means for all children to put their views across and regular votes take place within this. Team Captains are chosen through democratic means within Year 6.
The Rule of Law
Our school behaviour policy represents a clear approach to good behaviour that is in line with the rule of law. Children are taught the importance of shared responsibility for behaviour. Our behaviour policy states:
- At St Nicolas we consider it is vital to encourage positive behaviour, by building up self-esteem and raising an awareness of the needs of others.
- These elements are integral to the culture and ethos of the school, which encourages a shared sense of responsibility for standards of behaviour within clearly defined explicit boundaries.
- By making expectations, sanctions and rewards explicit to pupils, staff and parents, we can ensure a consistency of approach to behaviour management.
- Incidents of poor behaviour will be judged using a balance of probabilities following discussions with both parties.
We expect children to respect and abide by school rules and begin to develop a respect for rules in society generally.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Children are encouraged through regular assemblies and in class lessons to respect other people and to treat others as they would want to be treated themselves. Our SIAMS inspection report (June 2019) stated, "The inclusive approach of the school to support the achievement of all pupils is underpinned by the recognition that everyone is a ‘neighbour’. All are welcomed and nurtured."
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Our SIAMS report (June 2019) stated that one of the strengths of the school is, “Children have a respect for one another’s differences and appreciate that the diversity of their school community is a benefit. One child explained that ‘people don’t make fun of you because of your religion’ and opportunities to talk about personal beliefs are welcomed. This positive and caring ethos supports the mental health of the school community, including adults, and is a strong focus." The school believes firmly that we serve the full community and there is a clear commitment to ensuring that children are educated about people’s different faiths and beliefs. Our high quality R.E. provision includes regular lessons learning about and learning from a variety of religions and regular visits to a variety of diverse places of worship.