Promoting British Values

 

Our approach to promoting British values at Holy Trinity is underwritten by Christian values:

  • Reverence
  • Wisdom
  • Thankfulness
  • Humility
  • Endurance
  • Service
  • Compassion
  • Trust
  • Peace
  • Forgiveness
  • Friendship
  • Justice
  • Hope
  • Creation
  • Koinonia

More details about all of the values and how they are taught can be found on the National Society website.  http://www.christianvalues4schools.org.uk/

These values are ones that are shared by many people in this country because the Christian faith has for centuries been a driving force in our education and legal system and those values have made their mark on our history.

We are fortunate in that we live in a country where the majority of people care about the wellbeing of others, where injustice and cruelty to others appals and where people can be stirred to be compassionate and generous in their support for a good cause.

These characteristics have not come about by accident but through our history and experiences as a nation.  Stubbornness, stoicism and resilience are also traits which as a nation we share but they have also been the vehicle for developing deeply held beliefs about the importance of freedom, justice and the rule of law.

 

The values that matter and influence public decision making might be summed up by the following list:

  1. No one is above the Law; the same rules apply to everyone whether rich or poor.
  2. The Monarch is the Head of the Church and together with the House of Commons and the House of Lords they are the supreme authority.
  3. Everyone has a right to be treated equally, belonging to a different race or religion should not make any difference. Everyone, whatever their race or religion, should deal with each other in a tolerant and open way.
  4. People are allowed to speak freely and to hold their own opinions, even if they are eccentric, as long as no harm results to others.
  5. People can buy and sell property, land or belongings, they can sign contracts and have them honoured, without fear of confiscation by the state or other people.
  6. Encouragement is given to people to volunteer and to set up organisations that explore the interests and needs of a community. They are able to work out for themselves the best way to operate within the law.
  7. Children are helped to grow up happily in a loving, kind and disciplined environment by being part of a stable, loving family and wider community.
  8. Learning about the achievements and mistakes of the past and valuing the rights and obligations that have gradually emerged out of the history of Britain.