Promoting fundamental British values.
At Marshside Primary School we recognise not only the importance of allowing children to flourish academically, but we also embrace our wider role in preparing them for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum. Part of our role in that preparation is ensuring that we promote and reinforce British values to our children.
The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated this year (2014).
At Marshside Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and permeate the school community.
The examples that follow are an indication of some of the many ways we seek to embed British values at Marshside Primary School and should be seen as an indication of our approach rather than an exhaustive list.
At Marshside Primary School the principle of democracy is consistently reinforced, with the democratic process being employed for important decisions within the school community. Each year the children decide upon their class rules and the rights associated with these. All children contribute to the drawing up of these rules.
Elections that are held for School Council and Eco-Council representatives. Both are areas of the school where children can see, first hand, how the democratic process works.
From a curricular point of view, the principle of democracy is further explored in both History and Religious Studies. Further examples of democracy and the democratic process are covered as part of assemblies.
The rule of law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are reinforced daily, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Children are taught from an early age the rules of the school. These are our Golden Rules, Playground Rules and Safety Rules. They are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Where possible we organise visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service to help reinforce this message.
Within Marshside Primary School children are actively encouraged to make independent choices knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights, responsibilities and personal freedoms and receive advice about how to exercise these safely, for example through our exploration of e-Safety in computing and PSHE lessons.
Respect is at the core of our school ethos and is modelled by children and staff alike. The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning environments. In line with our commitment to democracy children at Marshside Primary School are always able to voice their opinions and we foster an environment where children are safe to disagree with each other. Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum from the concept of ‘fair play’ in PE to the peer mentoring programme which promote mutual respect and support between children across different year groups within the school.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Marshside is becoming a more diverse school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. This will equip children with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community. Our Religious Studies curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.
Should you feel that the school is not meeting this requirement, you should contact the school office and request to express your concerns with the Headteacher. Likewise, if you feel that anyone working at the school is undermining these values you should report this to the Headteacher.