The DfE states that schools should 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 defined British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and was re-iterated in the 2014 guidance.
At Maple Grove Primary School, these values are reinforced throughout our curriculum and in the following ways:
Democracy is embedded in the school. Children are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council and other pupil voice groups.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. 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.
In school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school, we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely by providing a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised on how to exercise these safely, for example, through our E-Safety, PSHE and RE lessons. Whether through the choice of learning challenge, how they record, or participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are free to choose.
Both mutual and self-respect are at the heart of our values. Through our curriculum, children learn that their behaviours affect their rights and learning and those of others. We actively teach and explore positive attitudes toward life and learning. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. The children know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small.
Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Maple Grove Primary School is situated in an area of great cultural diversity; therefore, we emphasise promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue directly or by including stories and celebrations from various faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.