At CCJ we try to actively promote fundamental British values throughout all aspects of school life.
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.”
At Christ Church Junior School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
At the start of every academic year democracy and the importance of student voice are immediately addressed through our class charters. As a team each class contribute, discuss and explore the rules and rights of a classroom and prepare a charter which is displayed and referred to for the whole of the year.
A democratic vote is the sole means of electing both our School Councillors. Two school Councillors are elected from each classroom after pupils deliver a speech expressing their ideas and suggestions. School Councillors meet regularly and discuss how they can improve our school; from this, ideas are voted for both within the council team and then externally when final suggestions are taken to the rest of the class.
THE RULE OF LAW
We work hard to ensure that our pupils understand the importance of laws. Through our class charters, values and behaviour policy the laws of the school are clearly outlined and embedded within every lesson. The laws that govern our country are reinforced throughout the school whether in specific lessons such as PSHE, or when discussing a particular issue that has arisen in class. The Rule of Law is also raised within our assemblies to be presented on a whole school scale. Pupils are taught the reasons behind laws and that they govern and protect us and these are tackled with increasing depth throughout the school. Democracy and law is debated as pupils approach the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences of breaking laws discussed. Educational visits often provide hands on insight into The Rule of Law, particularly our annual Year 6 'Life Skills' visit to The Create Centre.
All of our lessons at CCJ focus on our strong ethos and values. Our ethos explicitly refers to community and positive contributions to society and these ideas encompass the need for mutual respect within our school and our wider communities. During our weekly celebration assemblies our values are a focus, as are pupils demonstrating respect and responsibility. We encourage our pupils to promote respect at every opportunity and to understand the impact of being disrespectful to their peers, staff and visitors.
At CCJ we want to empower our children to make their own choices but we believe that this is a skill which needs regular discussion, teaching, thought and understanding. By providing a safe and secure environment with clear boundaries we can allow our pupils to regularly make choices: this may be in regard to their learning, activities, responsibilities, participation in competitive sport or extra curricular activities. Pupils are encouraged to consider what the effect of their choices may be both on themselves and others. Individual Liberty is particularly taught in PSHE and E-Safety lessons.
TOLERANCE of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Through the values consistently modelled by staff and pupils and the thorough teaching of RE, PSHE and our school values we endeavor to have a pupil body who understand and accept the differences which make us all special. In addition our pupils know that this freedom is protected by law and that there are consequences for breaking the law. We encourage our pupils to share their knowledge and experiences of their faith or religion with their peers- enhancing everybody's understanding. All pupils learn about a range of beliefs through their RE lessons and different religious festivals are celebrated in our displays throughout the year.