Christian Ethos & British Values
Newbold & Tredington Primary School is a Church of England school that is part of the Coventry and Warwickshire Diocese. Being a split site in two villages, we have strong links with St Gregory’s church in Tredington and St David’s church in Newbold. Ministers from both parishes visit the school to lead collective worship and we regularly attend church at key times throughout the year i.e. Easter, Christmas, Harvest. The children also visit the churches as part of the curriculum for subjects such as Art, Religious Education and History.
The children take part in collective worship every day where they learn about the Christian faith, explore moral and social issues and join in with prayer and song. The very nature of the school is built around Christian values and beliefs which are clearly reflected in our aims and values. The school is not just about academic achievement but aims to develop children’s spiritual, social, moral and cultural understanding of themselves and those around them.
Whilst much of the children’s learning about the Christian faith is through the Religious Education curriculum, these ideas and values are threaded through other areas of the curriculum when the opportunity arises. We also teach children about the other main religions in the world to nurture a tolerance and respect for people from other faiths and cultures. This helps to give children a sense of their place in the world.
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At Newbold and Tredington Church of England Primary School we uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as:
- Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
These values are actively promoted through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE), and Religious Education (RE). We also teach British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum. The school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through daily collective worship and whole school systems and structures such as electing and running a successful School Council.
Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council. The elections of members of the School Council are based on pupil votes. This supports pupils to understand how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process. This year, we held our own vote during the general election and children spent time considering the manifestos.
The Rule of Law:
Our system for behaviour is based on an agreed set of Golden Rules. Children are asked to identify how they have broken the rules to ensure that this connection is made and understood. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the police and fire service help reinforce this message. The school aims to provide an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects pupils and is essential for their safety and well-being.
To encourage and promote good behaviour, attitude and work, we have devised a reward system which is consistently followed throughout the school. Behaviour for learning is rewarded through our SUPER heroes. Children are rewarded not only for achievement in curriculum areas, but also for behaviour through Golden Time and demonstration of our Christian ‘Values for Life’ through SHINE. Children’s achievements and ‘Wows’ (achievements outside of school) are also recognised during achievement assemblies.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school, we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum. 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 teaching and PHSE education.Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs, choosing their level of challenge in lessons. EYFS pupils are given the freedom to self select their learning activities. All pupils are encouraged to make personal choices about the food they eat. Our Taking Care Project (Protective Behaviours) and Spring Fever (Sex and Relationships Education) schemes allow children to understand personal choices.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy are based around core Christian Values such as ‘respect’ and ‘responsibility’ and these values determine how we live as a community at Newbold and Tredington Church of England Primary School. Collective Worship is based on ‘Values for Life’ (Christian values) which are central to how we expect everyone to go about their life at our school. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. In PE, the children take part in training and compete in tournaments against cluster schools. Children are reminded to show mutual respect towards other players at all times.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity in our local community which is by large white British.Collective Worship and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. We use opportunities such as the Olympics and Link Days with a theme (such as The many faces of Jesus and Christmas across the world) to learn about other countries.