British Values

British Values Statement

 

Our Values Statement

 

At Moorbridge  we promote ‘British Values’ through our spiritual, moral, social

and cultural education which permeates through the school’s curriculum

and supports the development of the ‘whole child’.

 

We recognise that such development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by all the staff and provide a model of behaviour for our pupils.

 

The curriculum in all phases offers broad and balanced opportunities.

‘British Values’ have been identified as:

 

Democracy:

 

The ability to understand and communicate are the most important areas of

learning. We ensure that pupils are given a ‘voice’ to communicate. This

‘voice’ could be using words, objects, photographs, pictures, symbols, touch

cues, eye pointing or body language.

 

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.

 

We have focus groups and class discussions to encourage students to make decisions about school life.

 

Rule of Law:

 

We involve pupils in setting codes of behaviour; helping pupils to make

decisions and choices that are acceptable to the school community and

society at large. School rules and expectations are clear, fair and regularly

promoted.

 

Pupils are helped to learn to manage their behaviour and take responsibility

for their actions. Staff are committed to providing a consistent and

predictable environment within the school and beyond. We help pupils to

understand the connection between actions and consequences and to

distinguish between right and wrong, in the classroom, during assemblies and

during B4L.

 

This type of environment enables pupils to feel safe and secure; this in turn, promotes the optimum conditions for learning to take place.

Individual Liberty:


Pupils are encouraged to become good and valued citizens. We do this by

supporting each pupil to become as independent as possible. Within school

pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a

safe and supportive environment e.g. signing up for extra-curricular activities.

 

We endeavour to demonstrate that everyone has rights; this includes the right to say 'Yes' or 'No' to ideas or activities. 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 charitable events such as, , Red Nose Day/Comic Relief and Children in Need as well as working alongside NTDF.

 

Mutual Respect:


We promote each pupil’s inclusion in activities, settings and locations that are

appropriate to them individually to meet their needs. Within school, pupils

work with a range of people and interactions with others are always positively

promoted on a personalised basis for each individual. The curriculum is

personalised and planned for pupils and may include transitioning within the

range of resources and places on the site and going 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/colleges.

 

We believe it is important to facilitate opportunities to be part of the

community as the pupils, families and staff have much to offer in the

development of community cohesion.

 

Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs:


We are part of a school and local community where each person is

respected and valued equally without regard to 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 assemblies  and citizenship programme help all pupils to find out about themselves and others linking their lives to the communities in which they belong.

 

The themes cover areas

such as: friendships, helping others and celebrations from a range of faiths

and world events.

 

Pupils are encouraged to experience British Culture through our curriculum

themes. For example, pupils have visited many local places. As a school, we

take part in sporting activities which helps to instil ‘fair play’ and engender a

’team spirit’.

 

Although some of our pupils may find it difficult to articulate their feelings and

concerns, staff are attuned to changes in demeanour and well-being that

may indicate anxiety. If there are concerns about a pupil our accepted

practice links to the Safeguarding Policy which entrusts a duty of care to all

staff to actively protect and promote the welfare of children.

 

The staff work closely with parents, carers and other professionals to ensure

that the pupils at Moorbridge are happy, well cared for and enabled to

learn the skills they need to live a fulfilling life as part of their community.


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