British Values Statement
At Meadowside CP & Nursery Primary School, ‘British Values’ permeate throughout our curriculum and daily life to support the development of the ‘whole child’. We recognise that development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by all the staff and provide a model of behaviour for our pupils.
‘British Values’ have been identified as:
The importance of language is central to our curriculum and a significant emphasis is placed on oracy and vocabulary acquisition. The ability to communicate is the most important area of learning, so we ensure that pupils are given a ‘voice’ to communicate.
We empower our pupils by giving them opportunities to make choices about the things that they believe to be important. By valuing each ‘voice’ and by listening and responding to that voice we demonstrate that we support democracy and liberty.
Rule of Law:
As a Rights , Respecting School we involve pupils in deciding their class charters, setting codes of behaviour; helping pupils to make decisions and choices that are acceptable to the school community and society at large. Pupils are helped to learn to manage their behaviour and take responsibility for their actions. Staff are committed to providing a consistent and predicable environment within the school and beyond. We can help some pupils to understand the connection between actions and consequences. This type of environment enables pupils to feel safe and secure; this in turn, promotes the optimum conditions for learning to take place.
Pupils are encouraged to become good and valued citizens. We do this by supporting each pupil to become as independent as possible. We endeavour to demonstrate that everyone has rights; this includes the right to say ‘No’ when appropriate. Some pupils will be able to take responsibility for particular roles and to understand that with certain rights comes a level of responsibility. Learning to do things independently is an important part of learning to understand yourself. We support others by participating in local community and national events and charitable events, such as Children in Need, and Local Charities. We believe that by engendering a caring and helpful environment and by learning to be independent can boost and nurture a healthy self-esteem.
As a school awarded the IQM Centre of Excellence, we strongly promote each pupil’s inclusion. Events are planned for pupils to go into the community to meet with a range of people in a variety of situations, which include: sports events, community events and shared participation with other schools.
Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs:
We know the importance of teaching our pupils about a multi-cultural society, so that they respect and value people equally without regard of ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. Cultural appreciation and development forms part of our curriculum. We place great emphasis on providing encounters and participation in events and celebrations to broaden all pupils’ experiences and awareness of others. Our curriculum helps all pupils ensure they find out about themselves and others linking their lives to the communities in which they belong, aswell as British Culture. We take part in local sporting activities which helps to instil ‘fair play’ and engender a ’team spirit’. For example, children have the opportunity to participate in a variety of sporting competitions. The staff work closely with parents, carers and other professionals to ensure that the pupils school are happy, well cared for and enabled to learn the skills they need to live a fulfilling life as part of their community.