At Sutton CP School we have a legally binding responsibility to promote British Values. These include democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
At Sutton CP School, we think it very important that our pupils develop a strong set of values and principles, and that they question and understand what it means to grow up in British society. Through a rich and challenging curriculum, and through a focus on key events in British History we invite pupils to reflect upon their role in a diverse, multicultural and multi faith society.
Through a focus on Big Questions we equip pupils with a mature, respectful and sensitive appreciation for difference and diversity. In discussing what it means to be British, children engage critically with stereotypes and prejudices and develop an understanding of how we can celebrate our heritage and home cultures whilst also embracing the ties that bind us together.
From September 2017 we have introduced a weekly current news based assembly (Picture News) which enables children to discuss and reflect upon current national and global events and how our British Values underpin how we respond to them. Please see the attachment below.
We inculcate a deeply embedded appreciation of the values of fairness and democracy through our curriculum as well as through our use of a 'mandated' model of pupil leadership. Children from Y2 onwards are encouraged to apply to be on one of our six pupil voice groups (Teaching & Learning, Library, Playground Buddies, Fundraising Family, Green Group) Each of these groups them proposes two members to sit on the full School Council. Our Y6 pupils are all enrolled as Young Leaders and commit to serving their school community for half and hour three lunchtimes every week.
Our curriculum also casts a light on global citizenship and the rule of law, including the role of democratic advocacy for change.
Our school is enriched by the faith within our community, and we teach an inclusive and all embracing Religious Education curriculum which teaches pupils about the beliefs and practices of all major religious groups, and the shared values that religion can promote in synchrony with core British values.
As a school that serves a diverse community, we take our responsibility to promote community cohesion, generate a respect for difference and individual rights seriously. Our challenging curriculum enables pupils to recognise the valuable role that they play as emerging citizens in British society.