British Values at Marsh School
At Marsh Infant and Nursery School, we are serious about our responsibility to prepare our children for life in modern Britain. We ensure that the fundamental British values are introduced and embedded appropriately throughout the ethos of the school. Our RE, SMSC and PSHE curriculum offers excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding of the concepts of British Values. Children are supported in developing an understanding of how these values relate to their own lives. The school is committed to ensuring that children have exposure to a wide range of experiences that promote British Values through visits, sporting events and supporting local, national and international charities. We are very proud of our school and the ways in which it actively promotes the key British Values.
Our children are encouraged to participate in democratic processes such as voting for school councillors and shared rewards. This process is led by the Head Teacher and facilitated by class teachers. It is reported to the Governing body. Children are taught that democracy is an essential component of successful team work as all voices are heard and respected.
The Rule of Law
We have a clearly structured behaviour policy which all children have contributed to and understand. Staff model respectful behaviour at all times. Children are taught the value and reasons for the rules that protect us all and about the possible consequences of breaking laws. We have strong links with the community and the neighbourhood Policing Team who regularly attend school events and educate the children about upholding British Law.
Respect is a school value that forms the foundation of our ethos. Our children are taught to respect themselves, their family and friends, other groups of people, the wider world and its people, and the environment. Regular educational walks around the locality foster respect for the environment and the PSHE and RE curriculum embodies respectful attitudes towards all. Our children are encouraged to talk about differences and similarities and show respect for each other.
Our children are encouraged and supported in developing independence in learning and being able to think for themselves. They understand about the importance of accepting responsibility and of their right to be heard. Children have opportunities to hold key roles in school; such as School councillors, Lunchtime helpers, Play leaders and class monitors. Through our extensive extra-curricular activities, children are given the freedom to make choices.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Our RE curriculum provides a broad and balanced education enabling the children to talk about a range of different faiths and religions. The message that underpins our school ethos is that our differences make us interesting and our similarities make us human. We consider ourselves fortunate to have families from diverse backgrounds in our school community and the learning environment reflects this. The children at Marsh Infant and Nursery School are encouraged to ask questions of each other and show tolerance and respect for each other’s differences.