Promoting British values
We agree with the Department for Education’s five part definition of British Values:
• The rule of law
• Individual liberty
• Mutual respect
• Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We believe it is incredibly important that these British Values permeate through every school in the country. At St Luke’s you will encounter these values throughout our everyday school life. In particular our promotion of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural understanding has been described by Ofsted as ‘inspiring’ .Our Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools (SIAS) report recognised us as an ‘Outstanding’ Church of England School. This means that our school is distinctively and recognisably a Christian institution. We believe that our Christian identity plays an important role in upholding British Values within our school community.
Our values are underpinned in our school creed which correlates with our British Values. Below is just a snap shot of how we promote these values in our school community:
Pupil voice plays a big part in life at St. Luke’s. Our pupil elected school council play a strong role in our school. They are elected by their class peers and are involved in making St. Luke’s a better place to learn. Pupils have input in their learning and what they would like to learn which promotes pupil voice. For example, the pupils decide as a class how they would like to learn certain skills in subjects and this is used to inform the teacher’s planning. Pupil questionnaires and interviews are also conducted throughout the year. We know that the formation of the school council and the active participation of our pupils will sow the seeds for a more sophisticated understanding of democracy in the future.
The Rule of Law:
Our pupils will encounter rules and laws throughout their entire lives. We want our pupils to understand that whether these laws govern the class, the school, the neighbourhood or the country, they are set for good reasons and must be adhered to. This understanding of the importance of rules will be consistently reinforced through assemblies and our curriculum. The involvement of our pupils in the creation of the school rules helps them to understand the reasons behind rules and the consequences if rules are broken. Our ‘behaviour panel’, which is pupil led, provides pupils with the responsibility to make mature choices about suitable consequences for the negative behaviour of their peers. Through philosophical enquiry in our philosophy lessons, we allow opportunity to debate and discuss the reasons for laws so children can recognise the importance of these for their own protection. Throughout the year we welcome visits from members of the wider community including police, war veterans, the fire brigade and many more. We believe that clear explanations and real life stories emphasise the importance of the Rule of Law for our pupils.
We invest a lot of time in creating a positive culture in our school, so children are in a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged. In lessons, learning tasks are often left for the child to decide upon. We encourage children to choose the task that will challenge them, giving them more freedom to determine their own learning. We offer a range of clubs which pupils have the freedom to choose from, based on their interests. Through our E-Safety, philosophy and PSHE sessions, we educate children on their rights and personal freedoms as well as supporting them in recognising how to exercise these freedoms safely. We have recently started a club with The Economist in which we encourage pupils to debate and blog about topical issues. At St Luke’s we believe that valuing choice and freedom in daily school life will foster a value for individual liberty as the children embark upon their adult lives.
Our school creed states:
‘I know that I will accept and appreciate differences in those different than myself’
In a school with over 20 different languages and ethnic groups, our pupils learn together with absolute respect for each other. We change learning partners weekly and every pupil knows that we respect and appreciate each other; no matter what differences may exist. Our learning muscle ‘Unite’ emphasises how as a school we unite together and support each other. We refer to each year group as a ‘Team’, reinforcing that ‘Together Everybody Achieves More.’ Mutual respect is at the core of our school life.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs:
Our inner London location means we are fortunate to be surrounded by endless diversity which we respect and celebrate. Whilst we are a Church of England School, we offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected. Parents and leaders of different faiths are welcomed to the school to share their beliefs, while we also visit numerous places of worship. At St Luke’s we strongly believe that tolerance is gained through knowledge and understanding. Through our curriculum and the routines of our daily school life, we strive to demonstrate tolerance and help children to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens who can build a better Britain for the future.