In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in our school to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain.
We uphold and teach pupils about the British Values which are defined as:
Rule of law
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
These values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Economics (PSHE), Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Education (SMSC) and Religious Education (RE). We also teach British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum.
Our school takes opportunities to endorse British Values through daily assemblies/collective acts of worship and whole school systems and structures such as electing and running a successful School Council. We also actively promote British Values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values. Actively promoting British Values also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
At Monkhouse Primary School, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Pupil Leadership Team. The elections of members of the Pupil Leaders are based on pupil votes.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. We take a whole school approach to social self-regulation, using a restorative approach and a range of strategies to promote positive behaviour. The use of Think Cards separates the act from the actor and allows children to reflect on what has happened, giving opportunities to repair and consider what would have been a better choice to make. A house point system recognises good behaviour and winning houses receive rewards. 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, lifeguards etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we provide boundaries for our children to make choices confidently through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to implement these safely, for example through our e-Safety teaching and PSHE lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extracurricular clubs, leading their own learning and often selecting the level of challenge in a range of activities.
Mutual Respect:Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy are based around core values such as being ambitious, courageous, reflective and kind so that they fulfil their unique potential and become active members of the wider global community.