In promoting British Values at SIJS, staff place great emphasis on helping pupils understand how things work and how to challenge and change them for the better.

Whole school assemblies are regularly used to promote and revisit British Values.  Each week a photograph, which exemplifies a key value, is launched in assembly and is explored by pupils across the school throughout the week.

British values are defined as:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

Staff work to:

  • enable pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • enable pupils to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • encourage pupils to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of people living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely
  • enable pupils to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
  • further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling pupils to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures
  • encourage respect for other people, and
  • encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.

SIJS is a Rights Respecting School and has re-written the United Nations Convention for the rights of the child in more accessible language for pupils.  The language of rights and their accompanying responsibilities permeates throughout the culture of the school.