British Values

The Promotion of British Values at Westhead Lathom St. James C.E. Primary School.

The DfE has recently reinforced the need ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation for 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.’

At Westhead Lathom St. James CE Primary School we are dedicated to promoting values which ensure our pupils develop a strong sense of social and moral responsibility which will prepare them for life in modern Britain. We would like to share with our parents how we promote these values.

Democracy

The school values pupil voice and we ask the pupils about their learning, their concerns and for their ideas about how we can make things better for them. We do this by using pupil questionnaires and through our pupil leader teams. At the start of each term new children are elected to the School Council.  Through their class representatives children have the opportunity to have their voices heard in front of the head-teacher and Governing Body.  The School Council also has a budget which they choose how to spend.

The Rule of Law

The school has a Positive Behaviour policy.  The children understand the school rules and what happens if these rules are broken.  At the start of each year classes discuss class rules and agree a charter to abide by.  During PSHE lessons and assemblies children learn about the importance of having rules and how these relate to laws.  We use a range of PSHE resources to promote moral, spiritual, social and cultural awareness among our pupils.  Our children have a well-developed sense of justice.  They understand and are able to discuss why there needs to be consequences for those who break the rules or laws.  By being immersed in the ethos of the school, our children learn about their responsibility to be law-abiding citizens.

Individual Liberty

Alongside rules and laws, we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs.  Through the provision of a safe, supportive environment and empowering education, we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely; for example:

Our behaviour policy is built on the principle that children are responsible for their own actions and choices and that these have consequences.  The school sanctions system provides reflection time where pupils are able to think about the impact of their choices.  There is also a Worry Bag system which allows all children to freely come in from break to put any concern which may be worrying them in the bag which leads to an adult helping them to resolve the problem for them or with them.

During PSHE, e-Safety lessons and Collective Worship pupils are taught how to keep themselves safe whilst they exercise their rights and personal freedoms.  Safeguarding is embedded in every aspect of life at the school.

Mutual Respect and Tolerance

Our ethos at Westhead Lathom St. James is based on mutual respect and good manners. Adults actively model respect with one another, and with the children, in how we speak and treat one another.  Our school is a predominantly white-British community therefore we thread through multi-cultural viewpoints and learning wherever possible.  Through our creative curriculum, we promote an awareness of different faiths and we encourage our pupils to recognise and understand these faiths.  Our pupils naturally show tolerance for others and have a curiosity to find out and understand cultures and faiths that are different from their own.  Our children visit all the main places of worship in and around Ormskirk.  All staff model a tolerant and accepting attitude.  We use assemblies to raise and discuss issues of bullying and prejudice and reinforce learning during curriculum time.

At Westhead Lathom St. James School, we will actively challenge pupils, parents or staff who express opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including extremist views.  St James’ children are aware of the UNICEF Convention on the Rights of a Child.

British Values through the Curriculum

Interwoven within the curriculum in a range of areas are planned opportunities to teach the values of our society:

  • Choices about what learning challenge or activity to do.
  • Choices around the participation in extra-curricular activities.
  • Choices about lunchtime options, etc.
  • PSHE: How we influence democracy is explored though PSHE and assemblies. This includes looking at historical figures such as Nelson Mandela and Gandhi and exploring the effectiveness of different approaches.  The Rule of Law, the importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country is consistently reinforced at St. James.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example, through our e-safety and PSHE lessons.
  • Geography: We ensure that children have a better understanding of what Britain is, learning more about its capital cities and counties, its rivers and mountains, where Britain is in relation to the rest of Europe and other countries in the world.
  • History: Britain and its influence in modern times are aspects woven into our imaginative learning projects
  • Music: The study of British composers and their influence worldwide.
  • Art: The study of how British artists influence others around the world.
  • Religious, Moral & Spiritual Education: Gaining a greater understanding of religious diversity and practices – this covers key religions represented in the UK.  Planning for the subject is directed by the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) – Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.  All children have the opportunity to visit places of worship that are important to different to faiths.  St. James Primary School actively promotes diversity through celebrations of different faiths and cultures.
  • Physical Education: Promotion of the concept of “fair play”, following and developing rules, inclusion, celebrating and rewarding success, being magnanimous in defeat and participation in activities that promote kinship and affiliation with others.
  • Computing: Children are taught about respect and bullying in the online world, also through our learning platform and through regular e-safety lessons.
  • Pupil Leadership: Promotion of democratic processes, fostering the concept and application of freedom of speech and group action to address needs and concerns.  Key to this is the concept of holding others to account, including those in positions of influence and authority.
  • Educational visits: Our broad range of educational visits and experiences outside of the classroom equip our children with the skills to make a positive contribution to their community as equal citizens, as well as being able to look at British heritage in more depth.  Recent visits have included a visit to London, exploring parliament; outdoor pursuits in Wales; work experience in Ormskirk; Liverpool Slavery Museum; & Liverpool Walker Art Gallery, amongst others.
  • Community Events: We work closely with charities and organisations such as ‘The Pearl of Africa’, ‘Save the Children’, ‘Children in Need’, and many others.  We encourage our children to interact with children from other schools, both locally and further afield, through organised activities.  Our school enters a wide variety of events including many sports tournaments.  By the time a child reaches Year 6 at St. James they will have represented school in a variety of ways.

Contact Us

Westhead Lathom St James

C of E Primary School

School Lane

Westhead

Ormskirk

Lancashire

L40 6HL

Phone: 01695 574 078

bursar@wlsj.lancs.sch.uk