The DfE have stated that there is 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.”
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values have been reiterated in 2014.
The five British Values are:
The Rule of Law
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
As a Community Primary school that explicitly teaches a values led curriculum, these values are both integral and reinforced regularly in the following ways:
At Markland Hill CP School children, parents and staff have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. Children are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions heard. It is a feature of our school that all staff makes time to listen, so that children’s concerns are heard and acted upon.
We have a School Council, elected by the children, which meets regularly to discuss issues raised by the children and by staff and there is also an elected Eco Council which enables the children to implement the teachings of the “Green” agenda in school. We have a new Learning Council that is represented by all types of learners to further support pupil voice across the school.
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country are consistently reinforced at Markland Hill.
Our school is underpinned by our “Golden Rules” and the children are taught to live by these rules from when they start in Reception Class. Other rules that feature throughout our “hidden” curriculum include Online Safety rules, Health and Safety rules, playground rules etc. Children are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibility that this involves and the consequences when rules are broken. Regular visits from the authorities such as the Police and Fire Service reinforce this message.
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms. Pupils in Year 6 are described as our Ambassadors and Prefects, setting a good example to others through their actions and behaviours within and beyond school. Children who can prove their trustworthiness wear a number of responsibilities badges like medals as a sign to others in school that they are proud to be members of our school community and lead by example.
All children at Markland Hill are encouraged to be independent learners and are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. They are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through various aspects of our curriculum but particularly through PSHE, Relationships Education and through our comprehensive Computing curriculum lessons and through all aspects of RE and Collective Worship. All children are keen to support local, national and global charities, and are taught consideration for others. Our active School Council decide on the focus for our charity work.
Markland Hill CP School is a multicultural school which embraces and celebrates different faiths, cultures and beliefs through our cultural calendar, religious education studies, assemblies and PSHE lessons. The pupils are treated with respect and are expected to behave with appropriate respect in return. This approach is supported by our Positive behaviour policy and our school rules. Adults in school are positive role models and demonstrate the core values of our school community at all times.