British Values

The 'Prevent for Schools' organisation believe that children should be given the opportunity to explore the issues of diversity and understand Britain as a multi-cultural society. Providing a safe learning environment in which children can raise controversial questions and concerns without fear of reprimand or ridicule and explore boundaries of what is acceptable will engender an open attitude to multi cultural and race issues.

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Middleforth C of E Primary School supports British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs. We believe that this approach fully complements our Christian ethos as a Church of England Primary School.

The school will promote these values through our everyday work. This includes the PSHE and RE curriculum. Daily acts of worship and assemblies are a crucial vehicle to embed these values within the school ethos. This approach is supported by policies in school including the Behaviour Policy and Equality policy.

The school will take part in specific activities to promote these values. Children are elected by their peers to be on:

  • The School Council
  • The Healthy School Council
  • The Eco Council
  • The Christian Ethos group ‘The 3Cs’

They play an active role in the decision making in the school. Whilst the assemblies are of a Christian nature, we promote understanding and tolerance of other faiths and none. Children are encouraged to openly discuss thoughts and idea. We took advantage of the general election in 2015 to inform and involve our children in the democratic process.

The school actively monitors children’s attitudes and has robust procedures for identifying issues and taking action. All staff are to be trained to identify potential problems, such as radicalisation, and understand reporting procedures where pupils or staff fall short of our expected standards.

School Governors have been involved in putting the policies and procedures in place and monitor on a termly basis through the Curriculum Committee.




Examples of how we promote British Values at Middleforth

Democracy:

  • Election of school council members
  • Election of Head girl and Head boy
  • Pupil voice: School council
  • Pupil voice: Healthy School's council
  • Christian ethos group: 3C's
  • Eco-Warriors
  • Children's leadership team made up of year 6 pupils with roles and responsibilities voted for by the children
  • House Captains voted for in each class to represent each house group
  • Whole school voting for an animal to adopt through the WWF
  • Voting for winning house reward
  • Voting for choice of movie for movie night
  • Voting in Key Stage 1 for the May Queen
  • Children write their own class rules
    Children's surveys eg collective worship
  • Annual parents surveys
  • Parliament week
  • Christian values - 2 year rolling programme
  • Special Days – St George’s Day, St Davis Day, St Patrick’s Day, St Andrews Day, Queens Birthday, Anniversaries eg WW1, WW2, 

The rule of law:

  • Behaviour policy and consistent approach across the school
  • Parents questionnaires re behaviour
  • Visits from local police officers re personal accountability and community responsibility
  • Fire Safety visit for Year 2 and Year 6
  • Safer Cycling sessions Year 5
  • PSHE /SEAL curriculum
  • Links with local MP & Town Council

Mutual respect:

  • Inter-school sports events and tournaments
  • PSHE /SEAL curriculum
  • RE curriculum
  • Friendship (Anti-bullying) week
  • Charity support – Action Aid child sponsorship, Christian Aid, International Gift Aid Show Box Appeal, Oxfam, Marie Curie Daffodil Appeal, MacMillan Coffee Morning, Cash for Kids Superheroes Day
  • Collective worship programme – visiting clergy, community visitors eg Town Council managers, mayors, councillors, charity
  • School behaviour policy and agreed Golden Rules and sanctions.
  • Home/school agreements signed by children
  • Community involvement – Gala Day, Christmas carol singing, Music Festival
  • Mothers’ Day and Father’s Day lunches
  • Middleforth Minis Pre- school group Spring and Summer tea parties – invites to local pre-school groups
  • Buddying system Year 6 > Reception class
  • Guardian angels  supporting vulnerable children

Individual liberty:

  • Educational Visits Reception > Year 6
  • Tower Wood  residential
  • Sing Together convert St George’s Hall, Blackburn
  • Prayer Spaces
  • Walk to School campaign
  • Cycle to school scheme
  • Forest Schools Learning
  • Green Gangs weekly environmental work
  • Homework, reading diaries, Learning Logs
  • PSHE Lessons
  • School uniform
  • Pupil led worship
  • School Council
  • Eco Team & Green Gangs
  • Healthy School Council
  • 3Cs Children’s Ethos group
  • Librarians
  • Walking to local high schools
  • Road Safety
  • Diocesan Children’s RE & Collective Worship  Conferences
  • Children’s Ethos Group Conference
  • School Councils  Conference
  • Community events – Gala Day, Christmas Markets, Penwortham  in Bloom

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs:

  • Multi-faiths week
  • Visits to different places of worship
  • Visitors from other  faiths and cultures
  • RE curriculum
  • Easter celebrations - Christianity around the world project 
  • Harvest Celebration
  • Pentecost Praise Party
  • Christmas presentations
  • Collective worship programme
  • Links with St Leonards Church
  • Multicultural resources used in role play, small world and continuous provision
  • Mfl teaching – French 
  • Creative Curriculum topics
  • Music curriculum 
  • English – reading books, class novels and story resources
  • High school links – dance workshops eg Indian dancing
  • Action Aid- sponsor a child