Promoting British Values at Marston Vale Middle School
In 2015 the DFE 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 of 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.
Marston Vale Middle School serves a community of mostly white Christians and we recognise the need to develop awareness, tolerance and respect for the many different faiths and cultures in the wider community. It also understands the vital role it has in the identifying and preventing intimidation in any form. Encouraging children to think as individuals and make ‘good choices’.
The British values are identified and addressed in multiple ways
As part of our PHSE curriculum all classes look at their rights and responsibilities, alongside this the children will discuss the UNICEF Rights of the child. Through assemblies, Circle Time and our School Council the children will have a chance for their voice to be heard. The School Council is an elected role and they represent the children in their class, they meet regularly to discuss a range of topics and issues to ensure we remain a safe and positive community for all.
What we do:
We seek to promote an understanding of public institutions and services. We talk about the advantages of living in a democracy such as ours. (PHSE, Geography.) We actively involve our children to influence decision making through the democratic process. Class votes, model elections, open discussions. (History.) We hold debates and encourage our children to challenge and defend ideas. We also encourage children to reconcile by ‘agreeing to disagree’. (P4C)
Rule of Law
As a school we have rules and expectations that are clear and regularly discussed. We emphasise the need to make the right choice to keep themselves and others safe.
What we do:
We help children make the right choices for themselves and others. We help the children understand how their behaviour impacts on others (History, Geography.) We discuss with the children how they can keep themselves safe, including e safety (Computing)
We have regular visits from the police and local community members. We discuss aspects of both civil and criminal law and how this can be different from some religious laws (RE)
We develop techniques to resolve conflict
The school recognises the importance of developing children’s self-esteem and self-confidence, without these the children will struggle to learn and develop into well rounded individuals. We will discuss how our community values and promotes freedom of speech and how their lives are free from war and conflict and compare this to different times and cultures.
What we do
We discuss how the children can make the right choice for themselves and others (history, PHSE). We encourage children to take responsibility for their behaviour whilst modelling freedom of speech and promoting the critical analysis of evidence.
We challenge stereotypes (Languages, Geography) and have worked hard to implement an Anti-bullying culture (PHSE and our new House System. There are also a lot of ways our children can work together to identify, report and combat bullying. We follow the UNICEF children’s rights agenda.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance
Marston Vale Middle School is not part of a culturally diverse community and the children have little experience of different cultures and religions. As a school we feel this is an area of need for our children – how can you develop an awareness of something you have no experience of. As a school it is our responsibility to give the children as many opportunities of different cultures, communities, language and faith as possible.
What we do:
We promote a respect for individual differences as well as acceptance and care for the vulnerable in the school and wider community. We Help children acquire an understanding of and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life. (Geography, RE, languages, trips and visits) We seek to challenge prejudicial and discriminatory behaviour (History)
We organise visits to places of worship and different communities (RE, Geography).
We try to develop personal, critical thinking (PSHE) We discuss differences between people such as differences in faith, ethnicity, disability, gender, or sexuality and differences in family situations such as Hilden in care or young carers.
different pathways for learning so we all make progress