Promoting British Values at
The Martin Wilson Primary School
& Early Years Centre
The Department for Education has 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 this year. At Martin Wilson these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and regular formal pupil discussions. The elections of school Council members are based solely on pupil votes.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they are in class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. 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 and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
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 safely, through of provision of a safe environment and enabling 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.
Our school motto “In this school everyone is important”, highlights our fundamental belief that mutual respect is the basis of all positive relationships in and out of school. Pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
From an early age pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society is promoted in the school 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. The school has high-profile Cultural Days, linking to a variety of cultures and beliefs. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.