Promoting British Values.
The DfE have 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 MPL, values are reinforced regularly.
The voices of 'the people' within the MPL family represent the foundations of our desire to continually improve. The election of our pupil council and house captains are based singularly on pupil votes. Parents have regular planned opportunities to voice their opinions, through parent forums. The outcomes of the forums have proved to be acted upon effectively. Initiatives and suggestions from staff members are both encouraged and supported.
THE RULE OF LAW
The impact of the embedded understanding of laws is evident in the daily happenings of MPL. Classroom rules are established on transition days and the whole school Golden Rules and related Sunshine Ladder are used and monitored with consistency. Pupils are taught the purpose of law and understand that it exists to protect and govern us. There are clear expectations that laws must be followed and there are consequences when they are not.
At MPL great emphasis is placed on rights and responsibilities. This occurs through formal teaching and through actively encouraging pupils to make choices and to exercise their rights, in a safe and respectful manner. Safeguarding our pupils is paramount and PSHE / E safety lessons aim to equip pupils with the skills to make safe choices. Celebration of opinion occurs through opportunities created through our online 'Thinking Skills' page, as well as through the class based 'Question of the Week.' Our creative curriculum, numerous extra-curricular activities and celebration of individuality allow pupils to experience freedom of choice.
TOLERANCE OF THOSE OF DIFFERENT FAITH AND BELIEFS
Pupils' understanding of different faiths and beliefs is developed through our Religious Education and PSHE curriculum. In addition to this, there are focused lessons within the creative curriculum, which aim to inform pupils about the underlying spiritual, moral, social and cultural values of groups of people around the world and within Britain. Members of different faiths and religions within our school family are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning. Assemblies are used to prevent and address prejudice-based behaviours.
There are high levels of mutual respect within MPL and this can be seen in the excellent relationships between staff and pupils. Mutual respect underpins the formal whole school rules as well as the informal expectations that are simply a part of our school. Staff help pupils to understand the way in which their behaviours can impact others. The MPL 'code words' are used and respected by pupils, when they wish to inform their peers that they are concerned or uncomfortable with a situation.