Promoting British Values

From September 2014, The Department for Education introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values more actively.

At St Mawes we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. We value all ethnic backgrounds and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate and explore these alongside other cultures in our country.

We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts. Our cross-curricular approach provides excellent opportunities to deepen and develop the spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of our children.

The school makes considerable efforts to ensure children have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community. Their strong rooted values-based understanding gives them an excellent platform for embracing differences amongst themselves and the wider community.

Older children often lead younger children in games and activities so that they are fully involved in all aspects of school life. We expect all our children to be good role models for each other which is encouraged through high expectations of behaviour.

 

The British Values have been identified as:
 
  • Democracy 
  • The rule of law 
  • Individual liberty 
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance to those with different faiths and beliefs
 
Democracy

The ability to communicate is a vital skill and at St Mawes Primary School we ensure that children are given a ‘voice’ to communicate; this may be using words, objects, pictures, eye pointing or body language and/or appropriate technology, and we actively promote democratic processes.  This commitment is epitomised by our outstanding pupil parliament who make a real difference for their peers in school. This dedicated group have regular opportunities to debate ways to improve the school.

 

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 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. Classroom and playground rules, bible stories supporting values, rewards and consequences and safety workshops with external visitors all 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 safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety, PSHE lessons and bullying and safety workshops. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, sitting places, child-initiated activities or participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs; pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

 

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.

 

Tolerance of Different Faiths & Beliefs

St Mawes Primary School is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Collective Worship assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforces this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.  
 
 
At St Mawes we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.