Tackling British Values
Archbishop Beck students attend Liverpool Archdiocese event at St Helens Rugby Club to tackle British Values!
Tuesday 30th June was marked down as a momentous day as thirty eight Catholic Secondary Schools and Sixth Form Colleges came together to offer one voice on the subject of British values. Attendees ranged from different cultural and religious backgrounds to attend at the home of St Helens Rugby Football Club in Langtree Park to develop teaching and learning resources based on British Values that would be implemented in schools across the region.
One of the biggest questions currently on the minds of hundreds of students is, just what are British values? Communities from the Liverpool Archdiocese Secondary School’s Partnership selected students from Years 10 and 12 from its eight Local Authorities to participate in a conference, all aiming to tackle this complex question and to find an answer. Paul Greenall, Partnership Director, organised the event, getting young people to think about what it means to be British. This encouraged them to take part in several activities based on a survey conducted by Christ the King Catholic High School’s Head of Science, Dave Hemsley, by which thousands of students across the region completed with great success.
The range of views expressed by the survey further gave credence to the importance of education of British values within our schools. Tim Warren, Archdiocesan Director of Education and James Lancaster, Headteacher of Christ the King Catholic High School were the keynote speakers and they further served to add weight to the proceedings in shaping young people’s understanding of how Catholic values, personal values and British values are all interlinked, as Lord Nash, Department for Education, has stated: ‘We want every school to promote the basic British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs.’
It is safe to say that the conference at Langtree Park has galvanised all thirty-eight participating Secondary Schools and Sixth Form Colleges in wanting to continue to collaborate in future years to come.
For more information on the conference’s aims and mission statement visit the Liverpool Archdiocese Secondary School’s Partnership at www.lassp.co.uk and follow our links where you will be able to view our photo gallery and search for upcoming events.