'Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!' Psalms 133:1
The DfE reinforce 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'.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.' Winston Churchill
At Netherseal St. Peter’s we work together to encourage a strong sense of morality where children make decisions for the right reasons and understand their actions have the power to affect others. We provide our pupils with regular opportunities to learn about their rights and responsibilities and support them to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up in 21st century Britain. Our curriculum is driven by broadening horizons and social change.
We hold the British Council International School Award and place importance on the children understanding that we live in a diverse world.
The Christian and British values which underpin our school ethos implicitly contribute to Learning for Life.
Democracy is embedded in school. Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern for each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their own opinions and voices heard. Children are encouraged to work democratically when carrying out group tasks by identifying and allocating different roles.
All children have the opportunity to voice their opinions through our School Council and pupil surveys.
School Councillors from every year group, including Reception, are elected each year. They represents the Pupil Voice and work with the headteacher to keep making our school better and better.
For several years now, our school has been a sponsor for the charity SOS Children. Led by School Council, various fundraising events are organised throughout the year to raise the annual costs of £240. Our sponsorship currently supports Abinaya, who is blind, and with our help is now being educated at an SOS Children's school in Chennai in Southern India.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they govern the class, school or country are consistently reinforced throughout school. Pupils are taught the values and reasons behind laws in that they govern and protect us and they also learn about the consequences when laws are broken. Each year, children decide their own classroom rules. They are aware that different rules apply to different circumstances, such as swimming, using playground equipment and using computers.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe, supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make choices safely. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms safely through Online Safety and RSHE lessons.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. As a church school, we actively promote respect for all people, irrespective of religion, creed, colour, background, social standing, ability, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation. We are a very inclusive school and value all children and their families.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
We place a great emphasis on promoting diversity.
Our RSHE curriculum prepares young people for life in the modern world - village, county, region, nation and globally. Diversity may not always be evident in the local area but pupils learn much from understanding the regional picture for the city of Derby, Derbyshire, the city of Leicester, Leicestershire and Nottingham.
Our RE curriculum explores complex issues and enables pupils to acknowledge a growing diversity of faiths, beliefs and views, helping them to navigate the world and make their own informed decisions. Recognising plurality enables RE to contribute to British Values. Although Collective Worship is Christian in its teachings, we also celebrate other faiths and festivals.
There are also regular planned learning opportunities through our termly global themes:
- Autumn term: History focus with an overarching global theme of POWER AND GOVERNANCE where pupils learn the need to respect the rights of others; the importance of societies and governments to respect people’s rights (Human Rights); and how National, European and global governance structures and systems work.
- Spring Term: Geography focus with an overarching global theme of ECOLOGICAL SUSTAINABILITY
- Summer Term: Creative arts focus with an overarching global theme of RESPECT FOR IDENTITY AND DIVERSITY where pupils learn to respect the contribution of cultures beyond their own experiences; understand the uniqueness and value of every person; the diversity of cultures and societies within Derbyshire, nationally and globally; the nature of prejudice, stereotyping, racism and sexism; and the impact of stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination and how to challenge these
We will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including 'extremist' views.
We have the power to make a change and be the best that we can be: P.R.I.D.E