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British Values

Promoting British Values at Marden Lodge Primary School

 

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 by the Prime Minister (2014).  At Marden Lodge Primary School we value the diverse ethnic background of our pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. We have found this approach to be enriching, as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. At Marden Lodge these values are reinforced regularly through our Values Education. Pupils engage with the values and understand their implications for making choices about their attitudes and responses. Through reflecting on the values pupils discover what it means to be good citizens. Underpinning all of this are a range of curriculum topics which have strong links to the British Empire.  

 

Democracy: Democracy is a strong theme within our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard formally through our School Council, school questionnaires as well as informally though class discussions, debates and an open culture where opinions and views of others are respected. The elections of House Captains and school council class representatives are based solely on pupil votes.

 

The Rule of Law: The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout each school day. Our pupils have a strong sense of right and wrong and a keen sense of fairness and justice. They understand rewards and sanctions and what to do to follow them. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind 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 are regular parts of our school calendar and help reinforce this message. 

 

Individual Liberty: Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe, supportive and loving environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for our pupils to enable them to make choices safety, through a well-constructed and empowering education.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety programme and PSHCE lessons. Our pupils are given the freedom to make choices, to take calculated risks, to learn from errors and to apply newly learnt skills for the good of the school community.

 

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

Our school ethos and behaviour policy is underpinned by our Values programme where concepts such as ‘Respect’ and ‘Understanding’, are actively taught on a monthly basis (see ‘Our Values’ section of this website) and pupils are active participants in discussions, assemblies and class reflections related to what this means and how it is shown. This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHCE. We also endeavour to recognise all significant cultural celebrations shared by families in our school, e.g. Diwali, Ramadan, Eid etc.