Promoting British Values
At Marsh Lane Primary School we value the possible diverse/ethnic backgrounds of our pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. As a small school, we recognise the importance of educating our pupils about the wealth of diversity in Britain. We promote British Values using famous people in history and through discussion of famous quotations and existing topics within our country. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. Underpinning all of this is a range of curriculum topics, which have strong links to the British Empire.
At Marsh Lane these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is recognised and valued within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, Anti-bullying council and Pupil questionnaires. The Golden Apple Award also acknowledges pupils who are considered to be good citizens towards others. Our school behaviour policy involves rewards, which are disseminated during lessons or within designated celebration assemblies.
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 school 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, Fire Service etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
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 safety, through of provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. 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. We have Digital Leaders who promote E-safety and the importance of staying safe in our digital world.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around core values such as ‘respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.
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. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.