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 in 2014.
At Our Lady of Lourdes our Gospel Values promote our British Values. Our commitment is to achieve the best possible educational outcome for our children, in order to help them to prepare for life in Modern Britain.
We promote democratic values in the curriculum and in the processes by which the school council is elected. We listen to pupil, parent and staff voices and adapt and change at school accordingly.
We promote positive, safe and respectful behaviour through a positive behaviour policy which is consistently and fairly applied and followed to teachings of the Gospel where forgiveness is key. Laws, wherever we are, exist to protect us all and ensure a peaceful environment.
Our children know at Our Lady of Lourdes that God gives us a free will and a liberty which allows us to make choices and be aware of our individual liberty. All of our children are invited to participate in the life of the school community.
At Our Lady of Lourdes we create an atmosphere of calm which promotes mindfulness, humility and gentleness to enable our children to have respect for other faiths. Through the curriculum we teach the children to respect and understand other cultures and tradition.
As a school we relentlessly tackle bullying or racism which occurs and positively promote respect and tolerance.
At Our Lady of Lourdes we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.