British Values Statement
In November 2014, the Department for Education declared that all schools must actively promote British Values: Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs. This includes challenging pupils, parents or staff who express opinions contrary to fundamental British values. St. Louis Academy actively promotes these British values through the opportunities listed below.
At St. Louis Catholic Academy, children are encouraged to become autonomous individuals, with opinions which are valued and considered. To acknowledge that they can influence outcomes, and to develop democratic skills and knowledge, children participate in the knowledge and understanding process of voting for House Captains, school Councillors, monitors and charity days. Historical democratic decisions, including opportunities to debate these are part of the Humanities Curriculum. Views of Parents and carers are a valued aspect of our decision making process, and our termly Parents Forums provide opportunities for dissemination of and consideration of their views.
Rule of Law
The Behaviour Policy at St. Louis Catholic Academy is explicit regarding the rules and expectations expected of all children. Children are clear that rules are essential to maintain safety and order; for self, others and the environment. In school, children are taught that sanctions and consequences will be enforced if the rules are not adhered to and by implication this extends to life in modern Britain as a whole. Children will also consider the Rule of Law more specifically during ‘Drugs and Alcohol Education’ and through visits to the school by our local Police Community Support Officers.
From a very young age, children are actively encouraged to consider their opportunities and to recognise how to make choices which are right for them and those around them. The school seeks to create a positive learning environment in which children develop the confidence to voice their opinion and know it will be respectfully considered and valued.
The school Mission Statement is rooted in respect for self, others and the world around us. Reciprocal respect is therefore at the heart of our school community and involves children, parents and staff. From Nursery to Year 6, children are expected to develop respect for their peers along with the readiness to acknowledge that we are all unique, with individual qualities, which are respected. Celebration Assemblies and Star of the Week presentations are open to parents, where a wide range of academic, sporting, musical and community achievements are celebrated. PE competitions, RE and charity days also provide opportunities for children to extend their development of Mutual Respect by working with and supporting others from communities and backgrounds different to their own.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
All children are taught to be understanding, respectful, accepting and tolerant of people of other religions, race, culture or ethnicity. Discriminatory behaviour at St. Louis Academy is not accepted and will be challenged should they arise. Children know to report cases of discrimination to ensure it is dealt with immediately. The school’s RE curriculum provides comprehensive teaching of other faiths and beliefs, encouraging the children to identify how we are similar and learning that where there are differences, these are an enriching feature of life in our school and in modern Britain as a whole.
(Reference: Improving the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of pupils: supplementary information, DfE, November 2014)
At Louis Catholic Academy acknowledges the Equality Act (2010) and the Public Sector Equality Duty (2011). We understand our duty to every member of the school community to ensure they feel safe, secure, valued and of equal worth. At St Louis Catholic Academy, equality is a key principle for treating all with respect and dignity and exercising our duty in relation to the nine protected characteristics. We believe that equality at our school should permeate all aspects of school life and is the responsibility of every member of the school and wider community.
St Louis Catholic Academy holds the EQualities Award and was the first primary school in Suffolk to achieve this national recognition. St Louis Academy is committed to ensuring quality of provision throughout the school community.
To do this, our equality objectives 2015 – 2019 are as follows:
- To ensure the curriculum reflects inclusion and diversity, and prepares pupils for life in modern Britain. This will be measured by on-going curriculum review by SLT and subject leaders.
- To identify the needs of all learners in order to achieve the best possible outcomes. This will be measured by differentiated curricula and work according to the need of the children to promote individual progress.
- To promote an ethos and culture in the school in which everyone is welcomed and respected as individuals. This will be measured by the effectiveness of the planned SMSC curriculum and by regular stakeholder feedback.
- To ensure that staff recruitment complies with the Equality Act and that all staff are aware of and follow the school’s Equality Policy. We will foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not. This will be measured by reviewing the policy on a timely basis, effective staff induction and on-going CPD.
- To ensure that discriminatory behaviour is not tolerated by any stakeholder. We will eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act. This will be measured by all stakeholders following the school’s policy and procedures regarding bullying, harassment and behaviour and decreasing rates of reporting on internal blue incident forms.
- To maintain positive partnerships with parents, carers and the wider community through consultation and involvement of the school community. This will be measured by feedback received from parents, carers, the wider community and rates of attendance at school events.
Our equality objectives 2019 – 2022 are as follows:
1. School attendance for all groups will improve from below National Average Percentage to above National Average Percentage as an overall figure 2018-2019.
2. To improve outcomes for writing in EYFS, Year 2 and Year 6, including closing the gap between boys and girls’ writing, to within a variance of five percentage points.