Promoting Fundamental British Values
In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
At St Cross we firmly believe that British Values are implicit within Gospel Values.
In 2013 the Department for Education said: “Keeping our children safe and ensuring schools prepare them for life in modern Britain could not be more important.
This change is an important step towards ensuring we have a strong legal basis for intervening in those schools where this is an issue.” “The vast majority of schools already promote British values. This is about making sure we have the tools we need to intervene if children are being let down.”
Schools are required to actively promote and not undermine “British Values.” The government has set out its definition of British Values as:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
As a Catholic School, at St Cross we actively promote values, virtues and ethics that shape our pupils’ character and moral perspective, through the teachings of the Church.
We are confident that our continued focus on the Gospel Values will give our pupils the necessary awareness of what it means to be a good citizen in Britain today, and embed in them the building blocks of a successful and productive life as they grow into young adults.
Through our RE, PSHE, SEAL, Geography, and promoting The Common Good we are able to make real links between the values of our pupils and the lives of others in their community, country and the world in general. Through our broad and rich curriculum and cross curricular links we teach about democracy, civic responsibility, rules and laws, the monarchy, equality, values and virtues, environmental awareness and understanding of other faiths. Through our mission statement and values we live out our “British Values”, continually growing together in God’s love