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 Marshbrook these values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE), and Religious Education (RE). We hold daily assemblies which uphold traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance. They are also reinforced in the following ways:
At the beginning of each new school year the children decide upon their class rules and the rights associated with these.
We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class and encourages pupils to express their views.
We also have an E-safety Committee, ECO Committee and Playground Marshalls who are elected by the members of each class
The Rule of Law
Pupils are taught that laws are there to protect us, our rights and the rights of others. Pupils are expected to abide by various laws in school, such as playground rules, lunchtime rules and classroom rules. They are taught about rewards and consequences through the implementations of our school’s behaviour policy. Through PHSE/SEAL work children are taught how to resolve conflicts. We have a positive relationship with our PCSO who visits regularly and attends special school events when his working pattern allows.
Children learn about key events and figures in British history that have led to the democratic and liberal freedoms we enjoy in Britain. We aim to create a safe environment through which pupils are encouraged to make choices such as how they make things in D&T, or participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs. We have a clear anti-bullying policy. 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 and PSHE lessons.
Respect is highlighted in our school motto and is at the heart of our values. Children are encouraged to respect all members of the community through PHSE lessons, assemblies and incidental events.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Marshbrook is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place an emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies include stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE lessons reinforce this. In PHSE children discuss differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations Discriminatory incidents are challenged and reported to governors and the Local Authority.
We hold multicultural days and encourage a range of multicultural visitors. The children in Year 2 visit and make links with a culturally diverse school in Walsall.