We embrace 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
Students at CLV encounter these principles throughout everyday school.
Listed below are some examples of how we promote these values in our school community:
Our school leadership groups play a strong role in our school. They are elected by students and contribute to improving the SLV, JLV and ALV.
Student forums and questionnaires are conducted throughout the year. We believe that the active participation of our pupils will sow the seeds for a more sophisticated understanding of democracy in the future e.g. our Youth Parliament links and our Democracy Day.
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 understanding of the school rules helps them to understand the reasons behind the rules and the consequences if they are broken. Throughout the year we welcome visits from members of the wider public. We believe that clear explanations and real life stories emphasise the importance of the rule of law for our pupils.
We have created a culture so that children are in a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged. In lessons and project weeks, we encourage students to reflect and make choices.
Departments build in choice and guide students to make choices which challenge them. We offer a range of clubs which pupils have the freedom to choose from, based on their interests. Through our well being days, we educate students in their rights and personal freedoms as well as supporting them in recognising how to exercise these freedoms safely. We believe that this will encourage students to value the right of the individual liberty and develop a strong foundation for later life.
Respect is one of our 5R’s at CLV. Students learn to treat each other and staff with great respect as this is our central ethos.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At CLV we offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected. We 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 responsible British citizens.