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Mortimer St Mary's C.E. Junior School
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Teaching British Values

Promoting British Values at Mortimer St Mary’s Junior 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."

At Mortimer St Mary’s Junior School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

Democracy:

Democracy is rife within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires. Elections for School Council representatives are undertaken in each class. Children are always able to voice their opinions and we foster an environment where children feel safe to have their own ideas and opinions which may be different to those of their peers or adults. Debates and discussions are planned into units of work to enable children to develop ways in which to put their points of view forward to a range of different audiences.

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 regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through collective worship. 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; local MP’s; etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty:

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms. They are also taught how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety programme and PSHE sessions. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Our Y6 children take their knowledge, skills and understanding of these aspects further in their "Champions for Change – Rulers and Governments" unit of work within our IPC curriculum.

Mutual Respect:

Our school ethos is based on a set of core School Values and these include - respect, tolerance, co-operation, compassion and peace. Pupils are actively involved in collective worship and discussions that look at what these values mean and how they are shown within the school community, their home life and in the wider world. The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom codes of conduct, as well as our behaviour policy. Mutual respect is modelled by all members of our school community.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. The RE curriculum enables children to think about religion and belief as well as develop key skills of enquiring, investigating, interpreting, reflecting and communicating. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. An understanding and awareness of diversity is also fostered through the international and society strands of our IPC curriculum. Whole school and class-based worship and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying give children opportunities to reflect on the importance of valuing diversity.

Prevent Strategy

Details of the Government's Prevent Strategy and how it applies to school scan be found in the pamphlet below

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