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British Values

At Manor Beach Primary we uphold and teach our pupils about British Values. The Department for Education has 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 in 2014.

The rule of law 

  • Classroom rules are adhered by the pupils
  • School rules are reinforced through assemblies/Curriculum/Ethos/Values
  • Behaviour policy
  • Visits by the wider community – emergency services, Members of Parliament
  • Links with local PCSO
  • Monitors/Buddies
  • Being courteous (manners/politeness/social conventions)
  • Pupils rights/School Council mock elections
  • School uniform
  • Bikeability

Impact: Children learn to take responsibility for their own actions and understand that ‘rules and laws’ are there to keep up safe and happy. Throughout school life, children will learn that decisions they make will have a consequence.  

Democracy

  • School Council/Eco Council – Mock elections 
  • Pupil questionnaires 
  • Classroom rules are created by the pupils 
  • Behaviour policy 
  • Class members vote for representatives 
  • Elected leaders for various events throughout school e.g. sports leaders, Eco club members, school council 
  • Democracy promoted through whole school assemblies  
  • Member of Parliament visit 
  • Talk partners 
  • Judge visit 

Impact: Children will gain an understanding of how we can all contribute to make a fair decision and make changes to our and other’s lives. 

Individual liberty 

  • Positive culture in school in which children are allowed choice and independence/freedom is encouraged & difference is celebrated 
  • After School clubs – which reflect pupil’s own interests, ambitions and aspirations 
  • Whole school events and assemblies which celebrate diversity and individuality – Anti-Bullying, different faith assemblies 
  • Flying High Assembly – children who go above and beyond are celebrated 
  • On line safety lessons 
  • Pupils are encouraged to make choices/volunteer 
  • Pupil voice School council, sports leaders etc  
  • Meal choices
  • Nurture groups  

Impact: Children learn to value themselves and everybody around them . They understand that everyone has different ambitions and aspirations. We learn to celebrate different talents and interests. We provide opportunities for children to broaden their interests and try new things.  

We create an environment whereby all children respect each other. We teach children that they are free to make their own choices within the safe boundaries of the ‘school rules’ and law of the land. 

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs . Mutual Respect.

  • Culturally diverse curriculum 
  • Visits by different faith friends 
  • Faith week 
  • Circle time 
  • Celebrations of religious festivals 
  • Children work in partners and groups 
  • Regular parent events  
  • Expect respect programme/good listening/teamwork 
  • Behaviour policy
  • RE Curriculum
  • School trips to different places of worship/faith 
  • Stories from other cultures 
     

Impact: Children learn that we live in a culturally diverse world and we develop an understanding and respect of other’s beliefs.  We create an environment where children feel confident to  explore and ask questions about other religions and cultures.  

Children learn to be supportive of other and look for similarities but also celebrate diversity and differences. We help children to recognise their own and other’s strengths. We create a respectful learning environment where children help and support each other to learn and grow.