At St Thomas’ Infant School we ensure that through our school vision, polices, values, curriculum and teaching we promote the British Values. We value the ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate and explore these alongside other cultures in our country. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. We believe that we have a duty to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and to keep them safe.
The DfE have recently 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.”
Below is a definition of the British Values and what knowledge and skills are expected to promote British Values at an age appropriate level for infant children. Actively promoting the values means challenging opinions or behaviours in our school that are contrary to fundamental British values. The sections below describes the understanding and knowledge expected of pupils as a result of promoting fundamental British values.
The British values are: