In St Luke's, we are proud to live and work within the EC1 community in Islington. Both schools have a rich and diverse population. We have 35 different languages all recognised and celebrated as part of the school community.
All aspects of school life in St Luke's and the curriculum have aim to contribute to the wider development of pupils and their role in the community. The ethos of the school and the values which are implicit in the life and work of the school will have a powerful effect on the extent to which this potential is realised.
As a school in Britain, we have a duty to promote the British values of respect and tolerance in pupils for all faiths, races and cultures. We must ensure that we do not place religious laws ahead of the British judicial system or teach anything that undermines the rule of English civil and criminal law. Every school has to follow the aims of the Equality Act 2010:
We have a very broad and balanced curriculum and do our best to teach good citizenship, preparing children for life in modern Britain whilst actively promoting British values. Children receive their legal entitlement to every subject of the National Curriculum. We expect girls and boys to attend all trips which enhance their learning in school.
The foundations of spiritual, moral, social, cultural and community development are laid at home. The school programme for promoting pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is seen as complementing and supporting the work of parents and carers.
Promoting spiritual development involves our school in providing opportunities for:
Examples of ways in which our school life as a whole promotes spiritual development are through:
Our school promotes moral development within the ethos and our every day contact with children. The staff take good care of the children and strive to keep them safe. There is a clear code of behaviour and high personal standards are expected and a mutual respect. Children are given the opportunity to think about issues concerning right and wrong. Behaviour of children is consistently good.
The behaviour and attributes we expect are around politeness, courtesy, self-discipline, self-awareness and caring. We encourage children to value others and understand the need to be able to work with others. We help children to address their own difficulties and the difficulties of others. We encourage them to take responsibility, and give them an understanding of their role within the wider community.
Our school promotes cultural development when it gives pupils opportunities to engage in a wide range of cultural activities and to appreciate aspects of their own and other people’s cultural traditions. We adopt the view that diversity makes the world a richer place. We encourage and teach children knowledge of their own cultural traditions and practices and those of other cultural groups within the school and society e.g. through International Evening, a Global Citizenship Curriculum, Heritage Month and visits to places of worship.
The school is engaged in working toward a society in which there is a common vision and a sense of belonging by all communities. The diversity of people’s backgrounds and circumstances is appreciated and valued. We ensure similar life opportunities are available to all. Strong and positive relationships exist and continue to be developed in the workplace within the school and in the wider community.
We seek to demonstrate that we understand the context of our own community: that we plan and take appropriate actions to promote community cohesion.
Ways the school promotes community cohesion:
This is the overview of the Islington PSHE Scheme of a work. We have moved some units to different terms to fit in with our Global Citizenship themes. See our Curriculum Overview document for the sequence of learning.