In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British Values to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain.
Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development is a key aspect of our Mission Statement, which is underpinned by our core Gospel Values. At St Pius X Gospel Values and British Values work hand in hand.
Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
At St Pius X, we promote British Values in the following ways:
- We have a School Council (Rota Kids), elected by peers
- We have Pupil Leaders (Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy, Deputy Head Girl), elected by governors, staff and peers. We have an application process in place based on the School's core Gospel Values.
- We have a Charity Coordinator, elected by staff.
- We have House Captains in Years 2 and 6, elected by peers.
- We have Sports Leaders, elected by staff.
- We highlight the development of democratic ideas in history lessons.
- We allow pupils to vote (e.g when choosing: the new school uniform and logo, charities to support, etc.)
- We ensure all pupils are listened to by adults.
- We invite the MPs and other speakers to the school.
- We visit parliament and local council chambers.
- We hold mock elections.
The Rule of Law
- We create Class Codes of Conduct at the beginning of each academic year in each year group.
- We have a clear behaviour policy that is explained to all and consistent behaviour management strategies.
- We organise visits from the police service to reinforce the message of right and wrong.
- We highlight the rules of the Church and God in the RE curriculum, for example the 10 commandments, the Precepts of the Church and the Beatitudes.
- We teach about the development of the Rule of Law in English Law, a legal system created uniquely in a Catholic England, inspired by Christian values and becoming a major influence across the world.
- We encourage students to be independent in their learning.
- We provide students with opportunities for reflection as they take responsibility to discerning their vocation.
- We deliver Kidsafe sessions from Year 1.
- We have a HRSE curriculum is in place.
- We run regular workshops led by specialists for example, NSPCC (Speak Out, Stay Safe), puberty talk by the school nurse, First Aid training for by approved trainers, etc).
- We have a mission statement that is inclusive.
- We constantly promote respect for others as good manners.
- We reinforce the value of everyone’s opinions in class debates.
- We have an effective anti-bullying policy, which forms part of the Whole School Behaviour policy.
- We emphasise in RE and HRSE/PSHE lessons that every person is unique and “created in the image of God”.
- We have active educational links with other schools.
- We support charitable works and have an annual charitable calendar. Our pupils are clear about why we raise money for charity.
- We teach about those of different faiths and beliefs. A long term plan is in place with a focus on monotheistic religions.
- We highlight how RE provides pupils with a deep understanding of their own faith as well as awareness of the faith and traditions of other religious communities as a basis for understanding and respecting them.
- We show how Jesus encouraged tolerance in stories such as The Good Samaritan and The Women at the Well.
- We hold refugee workshops (via CAFOD).
- We support local and global refugee and multicultural charities.
- We hold a multicultural event regularly.
- We offer Alternative Provision for pupils that can’t access the National Curriculum.