At Moredon Primary and Nursery School, we actively promote British Values as defined under the Ofsted guidance 2014, through our school vision, ethos, agreed rules, curriculum and teaching:
‘ensure that they and the school promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles; and support and help, through their words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain’.
At Moredon Primary and Nursery School, we value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all our pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. Such experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom, teach tolerance and respect for the differences but also the similarities in our local and national community and the wider world. Through the National Curriculum and our curriculum offer, we plan and deliver lessons, learning, trips and experiences which make strong, explicit links to the British Empire. We actively challenge children, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
The government define these values as:
- Rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths
To promote these values:
- We have an elected School Council where pupil’s voices are heard.
- We have 2 pupil representatives who are Pupil Governors and meet with the Governors regularly to share and act on Pupil Voice.
- Pupils have the opportunity to complete questionnaires within school, locally and nationally.
- Our collective worship calendar actively promotes these values through the use of SMSC and RE objectives. We have visiting faith leaders who conduct weekly assemblies and we also attend the local church for services at Harvest, Christmas and Easter. We also use the local places of worship for visits to enhance the curriculum. We have a SMSC coordinator in school.
- We celebrate and support many local, national and international initiatives to promote the values of tolerance, empathy and challenge stereotypes. EG: British Food Fortnight, Samaritan’s Purse,
- In September 2014, we adopted Values-based Learning into our curriculum and school ethos. The parents, children and staff have become involved in choosing our monthly “Value” which is then celebrated, demonstrated and referred to in school, communications and extended school family. We have a Values Coordinator in school.
- 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, Fire Service, etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message. In the broad and balanced curriculum that we deliver there is opportunity to discuss these.
- Pupils are actively encouraged and supported to make informed choices, to know and exercise their rights and personal freedom, but safely for example through our e-safety policy.
- Our positive behaviour policy encourages tolerance and mutual respect.
- As a whole school, we have celebrated and marked special local and national occasions such as 2012 Olympics, the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, commemoration of the First World War, visits from local and national politicians.
- We take part in a whole school Remembrance service each year.