St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Thame

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British Values and Global Citizenship

‘to be responsible, respectful, active citizens who contribute positively to society’  (OFSTED 2019)

Teaching British Values at St Joseph’s Primary School

The Government defined British Values in their 2011 Prevent Strategy and have provided advice to schools in ‘Promoting fundamental British Values as part of SMSC in schools’ (2014).

 Schools are required to promote the following British Values:

  • Democracy
  • Rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

At St Joseph’s the teaching of these values is embedded into our school ethos, PSHCE and across other areas of the curriculum.  The values are reinforced regularly through our curriculum.

At St Joseph’s we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.

Global Citizens - How do we get our pupils to understand beyond their lived experiences, to put themselves into other people's shoes and try to understand a different point of view?

We are forming two new links this year - one with an Oxford City School in our academy and one with a primary School in Lilongwe, Malawi.  Both of these links are curriculum links and we look forward to working with pupils from these schools.  The pictures below are Father David's visit to the school in September 2019.

News Feed

October - PPA Groups A and B in Year 5&6 are starting to look at the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  Ask them what they mean, how they link together and what they can do to act on them.

September - We are very excited to be starting our link with Chisiyo School, Lilongwe, Malawi.  I will be working with Key Stage 2 (which we are now calling Primary 2) on our global citizenship lessons on a Tuesday afternoon.  Our link teacher is Mr Dyson Phaka.  Mr Phaka is a colleague of mine from my previous link school (he has moved school at the same time as me) and I am delighted to be working with him and his class again this year so that we can share learning and establish a real curriculum link.  He is an extremely dedicated and knowledgeable teacher.  Our Chair of Governors, Father David, went to Malawi at the end of September to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Father Naz (who originally comes from Malawi).  Father David visited Chisiyo School.    Jess Tweedie