At Sacred Heart we aim to:
* enable learners to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
* encourage learners to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely.
* encourage respect for other people.
* further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling learners to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures.
* enable learners to acquire a broad general knowledge and respect for public institutions and services in England.
* encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.
* enable learners to distinguish between right and wrong and to respect the law of England.
Within British values, there are five areas that we need to ensure the children understand. These are:
THE RULE OF LAW
We explore British Values within some of our assemblies, however, British Values go much further than just being the focus of our assemblies. Below are a few examples of activities that we do at Sacred Heart.
At Sacred Heart learners vote for who they want to represent them on the School Council. The School Council meets regularly to discuss things that are important to the children. Prior to the meeting, council members speak to everyone within their class so that everyone has a voice and is listened to and ideas and issues are raised at the next school council meeting.
Throughout the year we support a number of both local and national charities. Children help to decide which charities they would like to raise money for. Within the last year we have raised money and collected donations for Macmillan, Rotherham hospice, the Salvation Army, Operation Christmas Child, National Autistic Society.
The importance of rules and laws, whether these are rules that we have within school, or our country, are reinforced regularly. Learners are regularly reminded about our expectations of behaviour within school and when we are out in the community. Children will encounter rules and laws throughout their lives and it is important that they understand why they exist.
Learners are involved in writing rules for their classrooms, so that they are clear on their expectations and the expectations of others.
Children are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws; that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities involved in these and the consequences when rules are broken. Visitors coming into school help to reinforce this message, for example the police, fire service, road safety team, transport police for railways. Year 6 pupils visit Crucial Crew each year where they participate in a range of vital personal safety workshops.
At Sacred Heart, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We educate and provide boundaries for our pupils to make these choices safely, knowing that they can talk this through with a member of staff in school. Children are encouraged to make sensible choices but understand that there might be consequences for unsuitable choices.
All learners are encouraged to know and understand their rights and how to exercise these safely, this is sometimes through e-safety or PSHE lessons.
All children are encouraged to take responsibility for helping others, this includes helping other pupils, helping staff, visitors to school and people within the local community. Within school, pupils help with leading collective worship, undertake the role of 'learning buddies' to pupils in younger classes, work as librarians in the school library and organise activities as playground buddies for other pupils to participate in.
At Sacred Heart, children have the freedom to make their own choices, for example, by choosing which after school clubs they would like to join, whether they would like to learn to play a musical instrument, making a conscious choice about representing the school in sports or music performances.
Mutual respect is a common theme that runs through all of our activities and learning opportunities at Sacred Heart. Children learn that they behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of our school community treat each other with respect. In return, we expect to be treated with respect.
At Sacred Heart, staff, governors and pupils welcome visitors to school. In return for this welcome, it is expected that all visitors wear badges so that children know who they are.
All children are encouraged to work together to help one another.
At Sacred Heart, we enjoy learning about different faiths and cultures from around the world. We promote diversity through celebrations of different faiths and cultures in our curriculum and in our assemblies.
We encourage all children to understand how prejudice can lead to hate and how important it is that they overcome any prejudices. We will actively challenge pupils, staff or visitors who express opinions which are contrary to fundamental British Values, this includes 'extremist' views, in line with the governments prevent strategy.