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British Values Statement

 

At Matchborough First School Academy, we recognise the importance of the impact and influence of the development in understanding of Fundamental British Values for children. We therefore aim to provide an education that enables children opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs through a greater understanding of the fundamental British values:

 

  • Democracy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

 

We promote these values through all that we do. We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world. We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of other in our school, our local community and the wider world.

 

The Department for Education states that there is a 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”.

 

 

This term our British Value is 

 

Democracy

 

The word democracy itself means rule by the people. A democracy is a system where people can change their rulers in a peaceful manner and the government is given the right to rule because the people say it may.

 

In school we use the democratic process a lot, for example, when voting for School Councillors or our Eco Warriors even when deciding what book to read. We understand that our choice might not be picked but as it is democratic it is fair. 

 

Voting for a book choice in Year 3

           

 

 

Voting for School Councillors

V.E Day

7th May 2021

 

The purpose of celebrating V.E, Day is to teach children about the past and the importance of treasuring our Nation and understanding how the past has shaped our country. We also want children to understand the importance of British Values and how important democracy and respect are in today’s world.

 

 

As a school, we celebrated by dressing up in red, white and blue or in World War 2 outfits, having a whole school Zoom assembly about why it is important to remember and celebrate V.E Day and we also had a special lunch!

 

 

   

 

   

 

 

                 

Year 1

Year 1 Next Stop . . . .London!

What we do at Matchborough First School Academy:

British Values

What we do

Impact

Democracy

  • School Council/Eco Council
  • Pupil Questionnaires
  • Classroom rules are created by the pupils
  • Class members vote for representatives
  • Elected leaders for various events throughout school e.g. sports captains, play leaders
  • Child led fund-raising event 
  • Democracy promoted through whole school assemblies 

Children will gain an understanding of how we can all contribute to make a fair decision and make changes to our and other's lives.  

The rule of law

  • Classroom rules are adhered by the pupils
  • School rules are reinforced through assemblies/Curriculum/Ethos/Values
  • Visits by the wider community – emergency services etc
  • Monitors
  • Being courteous (manners/politeness/social conventions)
  • Pupils rights

Children learn to take responsibility for their own actions and understand that 'rules and laws' are there to keep up safe and happy. Throughout school life, children will learn that decisions they make will have a consequence. 

Individual liberty

  • Positive culture in school in which children are allowed choice and independence/freedom is encouraged & difference is celebrated
  • After School clubs – which reflect pupil's own interests, ambitions and aspirations
  • EYFS 'WOW Wall' to celebrate personal achievements at home 
  • Whole school events and assemblies which celebrate diversity and individuality - Anti-Bullying, Jeans for Genes Day, Charity Events 
  • Head teacher awards - celebrating individual achievements
  • E-Safety lessons
  • Pupils are encouraged to make choices/volunteer

Children learn to value themselves and everybody around them . They understand that everyone has different ambitions and aspirations. We learn to celebrate different talents and interests. We provide opportunities for children to broaden their interests and try new things. 

We create an environment whereby all children respect each other. We teach children that they are free to make their own choices within the safe boundaries of the 'school rules' and law of the land.

 

Mutual Respect

  • Children work in partners and groups
  • Regular parent events 
  • Buddy Bench
  • Lunchtime Monitors
  • Expect respect programme/good listening/teamwork
  • Food bank collection 

Children learn to be supportive of other and look for similarities but also celebrate diversity and differences. We help children to recognise their own and other's strengths. We create a respectful learning environment where children help and support each other to learn and grow.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

  • Culturally diverse curriculum
  • Black History Month coverage 
  • Visits by different faiths
  • Celebrations of religious festivals
  • World Religion Day and Cultural Day celebrations 

Children learn that we live in a culturally diverse world and we develop an understanding ans respect of other's beliefs.  We create an environment where children feel confident to 

 explore and ask questions about other religions and cultures. 

Useful documents:

Prevent Duty 

 

In line with our British Values, every member of staff at Matchborough First School Academy recognises that safeguarding against radicalisation and extremism is no different to safeguarding against any other vulnerability in today’s society. Our beliefs, strategies and procedures to protect vulnerable individuals from being radicalised or exposed to extremist views, by identifying who they are and promptly providing them with support.

 

For more information, you can read out Prevent Duty Policy, available in key information. 

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