The Department for Education has 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."
As a Catholic school, Christ the King actively promotes Gospel values, and believes that these and British values are mutually supportive.
We reinforce British values regularly and in the following ways:
All adults listen to the views of the children and value their opinions. The school is clear in demonstrating how children should contribute and co-operate and consider the views and needs of others. The School Council, whose members are elected by their peers, meets regularly and takes part in decision making on a range of topics. The children have further opportunities to have their voices heard through our Pupil Voice interviews and surveys. Year 6 pupils are giving the opportunity to put themselves forward as candidates in the elections for Leeds Children’s Mayor. Our local MP visits school to talk to the children.
The Rule of Law:
At Christ the King we have a positive behaviour policy. Staff consistently reinforce high expectations of pupils and the children are reminded of the importance of rules in the classroom, as well as in school assemblies. They clearly understand the rewards and sanctions that are used. Pupils are taught to understand the need for laws - that they are there for individual protection, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Assemblies and discussions in class focus on recognising right from wrong.
The children are encouraged to be independent learners, constantly making choices, within a safe and supportive environment. They are encouraged to express their views, and teaching and learning incorporates their preferences and interests They are helped to understand their personal freedoms and are taught how to use these rights to best effect. They are provided with opportunities to learn about what makes a good choice, while E-safety teaching enables them to make choices in a safe manner.
At the heart of our Gospel teachings is Jesus’ commandment:
‘To love one another as I have loved you’.
All pupils are taught the importance of self-respect, honest and open communication with others and fair play. Pupils work collaboratively and value others’ opinions.
At Christ the King our Christian values of respect and tolerance permeate all areas of school life. Our school ethos encourages everyone to consider and support each other and to celebrate the worth and individuality of every member of the school community. This engenders a climate within which the children feel safe and secure and facilitates the fulfilment of potential. All staff demonstrate respect to everyone with whom they come into contact. They consistently model and promote the behaviours and attitudes that are the foundation of positive relationships. Assemblies and class work promote the diversity of society and the right for each person to be respected and valued equally regardless of ability, gender, faith, heritage or race.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
The school’s curriculum aims to develop understanding of the world and the children are reminded of their place in a culturally diverse society. The RE and PSHCE schemes of work provide opportunities for pupils to develop tolerance of and empathy towards those from different faiths and beliefs.
Actively promoting these values, which are also integral to many other countries throughout the world, means challenging pupils, staff or parents/carers who express opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’ views.
School has the duty to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. Being drawn into terrorism includes not just violent extremism but also non-violent extremism, which can create an atmosphere conducive to terrorism and can popularise views which terrorists exploit. Schools must be safe spaces in which children and young people can understand and discuss sensitive topics, including terrorism and the extremist ideas that are part of terrorist ideology, and learn how to challenge these ideas.
We, as a school, need to be mindful of our existing duties to forbid political indoctrination and secure a balanced presentation of political issues. These duties are imposed on maintained schools by sections 406 and 407 of the Education Act 1996.