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 these with different faiths and beliefs”.
At Manford Primary School these link very closely to the culture and ethos of our school and to the values we promote through the wider curriculum.
Over the years this has been through our commitment to pupil voice, the creative curriculum, class discussions over the shared rules for a class and school as a whole. We hold assemblies that, while being broadly Christian in nature, also celebrate other faiths, religious and non-religious beliefs and tolerance and harmony of different cultural traditions. Much of this is done through celebrations and an exploration of under national and international developments. Each year to promote British values extra-curricular activities organised around special themed weeks have been organised. These include British Heritage Week culminating in a tea party, Multicultural Week celebrating the rich community in which we live in Modern Britain, Anti-Bullying Week, Maths and Writing Week, Citizenship Week, Discovery and Family Challenge, commemorating Remembrance Day, celebrating Christmas at the church (as well as taking part in the ‘Love-in-the box’ programme bi-annually) and Harvest at the church as well as providing food parcels for the Redbridge Night Shelter.
The ‘British Fundamental Values’ identified by the Government are reinforced at Manford regularly in the following ways:
Children have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our pupil-elected school council and annual questionnaires.
Through debates and discussions, children learn to listen and respect the views and opinions and others.
Making choices e.g. in Golden time and when choosing resources and activities.
Through team/group work, children learn mutual respect.
The Rule of Law
Children are taught about the importance of rules in society and school rules are understood by all. Children learn:
• Class behaviour rules as outlined in class behaviour plans (which children compile together)
• E-safety rules
• Playground rules
• Rules of discussion
• Society’s rules regarding drugs, alcohol, crime
• Citizenship rules (e.g. through year six Junior Citizens Day)
At Manford, children are actively encouraged to make informed choices through a safe
environment and an empowering education. Children are encouraged to know, understand
and exercise their rights and personal freedoms through:
• Choosing clubs and other extra-curricular activities
• Working at challenge corners
• Choosing to record in different ways
• Choosing from a range of lunchtime activities
• Expressing their ideas and opinions
Children understand that respect is core value in our school and they show respect through:
• Respecting languages e.g. language of the month
• Circle time
• Using manners and politeness
• Collaboration and tem work
• Peer assessment
• Sharing and valuing work
• Social skills groups
• Fundraising and charity work
• Community projects
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Children are taught to respect the diverse range of faiths, cultures and languages represented in Manford and beyond. Children learn tolerance and understanding through:
• RE lessons
• SMSC lessons
• Circle time
• Visits to places of worship
• Themed weeks e.g. Multi-cultural Week, British Heritage Week
• Language of the month
• Speakers form different faiths