At Mount Pleasant we actively promote British values to ensure our children leave school prepared for life in modern Britain.
British Values work alongside our school values to ensure all children have a secure understanding of moral attitudes and behaviour.
The Department for Education set out its definition of British values in The Prevent Strategy (2011).
These Key Values are:
- Rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
How do we promote key British Values?
- We ensure children have a practical understanding of democracy when making decisions in class and as a school.
- Our School Council Elections are used to support this understanding. Children create their own manifestos, and are voted for by their peers.
- We have previously invited local MP, Mr Mike Wood, in to school to observe our polling process and talk to the children about confidentiality and fairness of the voting system.
Rule of law
- All children are taught about the rules we abide by to ensure we are safe. Classes also explore their own, and our school rules.
- We are visited regularly by our local PCSO and members of the emergency services.
- We ensure that our children are educated, supported and informed to make their own choices. We are a Rights Respecting School, and our children understand about their freedom and rights.
- We explore children's rights and educate them in how to make safe and sensible choices.
- Our children can exercise their right to make choices within the curriculum, and in attending our range of extra curricular clubs.
- We explore our key values through our curriculum, and in collective worship. Our reward system recognises children who put in effort in these areas, equally as highly as academic success.
- In all parts of school life, children are taught and expected to be tolerant and respectful pupils. Differences are recognised and celebrated, with a growth mindset attitude supporting this.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
- Our Curriculum, assemblies and learning environment teach and celebrate the diversity of belief and faiths.
- We celebrate the range of languages spoken by our children, and encourage an open sharing and discussion of similarities and differences within society.