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British Values at St Joseph’s

At St Joseph’s we 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 in a variety of ways. We actively promote the values by challenging opinions or behaviours in school that are contrary to fundamental British Values. We believe that it is important for the children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence by encouraging them to feel proud of their achievements and of their learning journey. The children are encouraged to separate right from wrong and respect and understand the law of England. They are encouraged to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely. The children have a broad and balanced curriculum, helping them to acquire a broad general knowledge. Fun and exciting school trips engage the children in their learning and encourage an attitude of tolerance, harmony and respect for other people, cultural traditions of others and public institutions or services in England. The children have access to and develop a deep understanding of the democratic process through exercising their right to vote within the classroom and across the school community. They are represented by the school council who meet on a monthly basis. The children have an understanding that their decisions will influence an outcome and learn to appreciate the rule of law that protects and keeps them safe. The school creates a stimulating environment that encourages freedom of choice and individuality and an acceptance of each other within the school, local and global community. The school has a leading attitude in combatting discrimination and will not tolerate prejudice or discriminatory behaviour in any way.