The Department for Education has published guidance on promoting fundamental British values in schools. At Mayespark, we see this as a duty to ensure that our children are prepared for a successful life as British citizens.
The key British values that will be promoted at school are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
These areas will be covered across the curriculum, during assemblies and through the activities that are undertaken within the school.
The school council is elected through a democratic process using the council ballot boxes and voting booths. During these elections, pupils are provided with the opportunity to learn how to argue and defend their point of view. The school council gives every pupil a voice and supports the organisation of pupil surveys and questionnaires. Throughout the curriculum, children are given opportunities to debate their ideas and thoughts and to use voting when making class decisions.
The rule of law
The school rules are embedded into the values of Mayespark. They are understood, accepted and endorsed by the school community. Pupils understand that the rules keep them safe and enable them to learn through a fair and consistent approach which ensures they successfully live and work together. Our pupils understand how laws and rules in the wider world similarly contribute to harmonious living and that there are consequences for those who chose not to abide by the law.
Through our curriculum, our PSHEC lessons, after school activities and through our assemblies, children are supported to understand their personal rights and freedoms. Children are provided with the opportunity to make choices on how they learn and how they evidence their learning in a supportive environment with clear boundaries. Children are encouraged to raise ideas and to contribute to the life of the school.
Respect underpins all that we do at Mayespark. It is truly embedded into the curriculum and the ethos of the school. Respect is a value that all staff communicate to the pupils. There is an expectation that adults and children demonstrate respect to each other both in and outside of the school. Children understand that in our varied community, it is essential that all differences are respected and valued.
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
As a community school in a diverse and vibrant community, we are committed to ensuring that children understand the cultures, faiths and beliefs of their friends and neighbours. We promote that all children visit a range of places of worship and learn about different religious beliefs in our religious education lessons. Religious leaders from a variety of faiths are invited into school to lead assemblies and to tell stories from their religions. Beliefs, traditions and customs are studied and celebrated, reinforcing a deep understanding of British tolerance and acceptance of all cultures.