Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Learning and British Values
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.”
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister in 2014. At Medlar with Wesham CE these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy: - embedded within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires and class worship times. The children elect class representatives for the School council. Children are taught through class lessons how a democratic society works.
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 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.
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 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.
Mutual Respect: - Our school ethos and behaviour revolves around ‘values’ such as ‘Respect’, Respect is one of the half termly Gospel Values that is regularly taught to the whole school. Pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what respect means and how it can be shown. The school promotes 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.
Part of our vision at Medlar with Wesham C E Primary is to prepare the children of the future to become valued members of society. Promoting British Values enables children to develop a sense of community and begin to understand their responsibilities and role within it.
Our Multi Faith Craft Afternoon 2017
The whole school enjoyed working with different groups of children during this creative afternoon, where we did arts and crafts about different religions. Some children made mandalas, others made lotus flowers and the star of David and lots of other multi faith crafts were enjoyed throughout the school. All this is helping us to grow up as citizens, who will understand other faiths and their beliefs.
Year 5 lead our School Worship in Church: What can we learn from St. Francis?
Year 5 told us all about why we celebrate the feast of St. Francis on October 4th each year. We found out how St Francis was a selfish and spoilt young man, but with the help of Jesus found that he could become rich in other ways by helping the poor. We also found out he was the patron saint of animals.
Multi-Faith Week 2016
British Values Day
Our school celebrated the Queen's 90th birthday, dressing in red, white and blue, having a traditional lunch time meal (fish and chips) and also playing many various games. By the looks of the illistrations below all children through-out school enjoyed British Values Day.