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Mayhill Junior School

Mayhill

Junior School

MJS

British Values

Promoting British Values 2015 - 2018

In 2011, the government defined British Values as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We promote these values through our mission statement, own school values, curriculum and enrichment activities.

Value

How We Promote It

Democracy

Links to school values:

Communication

Independence

Respect

Tolerance

 

UN CRC Article 12:

Children have the right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account.

  • Elected school council. This is used as an opportunity to promote democracy and the electoral process.
  • We encourage volunteerism including: play leaders, peer mediators, digital leaders, librarians.
  • Democracy is promoted through PSHE lessons, assemblies and Y5 topic titled ‘Fight for Freedom’.
  • We celebrate significant community events, such as Y4 Odiham Explores Topic, Camo Day and explore the role of democracy through active learning experiences.
  • Class charters established
  • Annual pupil questionnaires
  • ELSA leads a lunchtime club to develop team work and collaboration.
  • Displays reflect children’s rights

The rule of law

Links to school values:

Communication

Problem Solving

Teamwork

Co-operation

 

UN CRC Article 19:

Governments should ensure that children are properly cared for, and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents, or anyone else who looks after them.

  • Our PSHE curriculum incorporates Rights, Respects and Responsibilities: Class Charters established.
  • The school runs a lunchtime Chill Out club to ensure those children who find it difficult to follow school rules receive support through a positive play based environment.
  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our behaviour policy. There are rewards for exhibiting good behaviour in class and outside and older children (peer mediators) are involved in helping maintain them.
  • Through our school assemblies, circle time and PSHE lessons children are taught how to earn trust and respect and are supported to develop a strong sense of morality; knowing right from wrong and doing the right thing even when its difficult.
  • The local police officer / PCSO visits the school to talk to the children and explain about their role in society
  • Anti-Bullying theatre companies such as 'Just Joshing' help children to understand why we have rules and the impact of breaking them on others. 

 

Individual Liberty

Links to school values:

Independence

Creativity

Confidence

 

UN CRC Article 13:

Children have the right to meet together and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.

  • Through our school values and PSHE program, children are taught about personal responsibility, ambition and aspiration. They are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their interests in art, music, sport etc.by attending after school clubs.
  • PSHE units include: ‘How we are all different’, ‘rights responsibilities’ and ‘the law, how can I disagree without falling out’.
  • Children are taught about how to keep themselves safe, including e-safety. This is done in class, through outside speakers (NSPCC to Y5/6, First Aid training for Y5, Life Bus delivering Drug education etc) as well as the PSHE curriculum.
  • E Safety curriculum aimed at educating children to make the right choice is supported with annual Internet Safety Day and parents briefing. 

Mutual Respect

Links to school values:

Teamwork

Communication

 

 

UN CRC Article 2:

The Convention applies to everyone whatever their race, religion, abilities, whatever they think or say and whatever type of family they come from.

 

UN CRC Article 30:

Children have the right to learn and use the customs of their families, whether these are shared by the majority of people I the county or not. 

 

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our behaviour policy and Single Equality Policy.
  • Through our values, PSHE curriculum and circle time, children are taught to respect each other, be cooperative, be supportive and to look for similarities while being understanding of differences.
  • Mutual respect is also promoted through our assembly themes and Padre assemblies.
  • Children participate in workshops with children from other schools to ensure behaviours and attitudes are learnt, applied and developed in a range of contexts.
  • Focus for library this year has been developing text choice about diversity and cultural awareness.
  • Study of key figures in History through assembly e.g. Martin Luther King Day.

Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Links to school values:

Independence

Positive attitude

Communication

 

UN CRC Article 14:

Children have the right to think and believe what they want, and to practice their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Parents should guide their children on these matters.

 

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our behaviour policy and Single Equality Policy.
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through the Hampshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education – Living Difference. Children learn about different religions, their beliefs, places or worship and festivals. The children’s work on this subject or whole school learning in assemblies is often displayed in the classrooms or around the school.
  • This is supplemented by assemblies which also mark and celebrate significant religious festivals such as Chinese New Year and Diwali.
  • Padres lead weekly assemblies on the themes of Friendship, Hope, Forgiveness, Courage, Thankfulness
  • Children have the opportunity to visit churches and mosques as part of their educational visits.