Curriculum Breadth and Balance
St. Stephen’s Primary School is a UNICEF Rights Respecting School. Each year the children decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the charter and this is signed by everyone in the class.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. All members of the Student Council are voted in by their class and the Student Council has a genuine role in making changes within the school. All children have an annual ‘Pupil Voice Questionnaire’ in which they are able to put forward their views about the school.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, is consistently reinforced throughout regular school day. As well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies, pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws. That they govern and protect us and this involves the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it is through choice of learning challenge or how they record their ideas. Participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities give pupils the freedom to make choices.
As a Rights Respecting School, mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Our school serves a multi-faith community where each person is respected and valued equally without regard to ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. All children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. The need for mutual respect is embedded throughout the school with all members of the school community treating each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Belief
Our core value of Respect ensures tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs. St. Stephen’s enhances pupils understanding of different faiths and beliefs through religious education studies, PSHE work and visits to other schools in different settings. We participate in celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures, such as Diwali and Christmas. Our RE, PSHE and RRSA teaching reinforce this. Children also visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.
At St. Stephens we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.