In accordance with the Department for Education, we actively promote British values in Moor Row Primary School. We want to ensure that our pupils leave school prepared for life in modern Britain with a good understanding of diversity. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is 'right' and 'wrong', all people living in this country are subject to its law.
The British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs are inherent within the ethos and curriculum of Moor Row Primary School. These values are not unique to British society and our pupils learn that they are important in many countries across the world. We challenge any opinions or behaviours within school that are contrary to these values and are committed to the prevention of extremism within our community. We believe that sharing our values with parents, carers and our community is essential in supporting our pupils in becoming responsible citizens in British society and we do this through our school website and newsletters and by inviting parents and carers to share in the life of the school.
Opportunities for pupils to experience democracy and have their voices heard are extensive within our curriculum and day to day school life.
Our Pupil Behaviour Policy centres upon a system of three rights and responsibilities. All of our pupils know and understand this and actively engage with the system to create a harmonious learning environment where everyone has a role to play and is valued.
The Rule of Law
The importance of rules and laws are constantly reinforced throughout the school day and all pupils have a good understanding of our school’s system of rights and responsibilities and know that society beyond the school also has its own systems of rights and responsibilities in the form of laws. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibility that this involves and the consequences when such laws are broken. Our own school system ensures that pupils are acutely aware of the responsibilities that come with having the three rights: the right to respect, the right to be safe and the right to learn. They develop a deep understanding of personal responsibility and develop independence in managing their relationships and behaviour. Our pupils also understand that this system extends beyond the school itself and that they should demonstrate the same values in life outside of the building that they do in school.
Moor Row Primary School is an extremely safe place for children and they feel happy and secure here. Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are doing so in a safe and supportive environment.
Our Pupil Behaviour Policy encourages pupils to know, understand and exercise their rights but it also teaches them that they have responsibilities and choices to make with regards to their behaviour. Our efforts in promoting positive attitudes to learning place a great deal of emphasis on pupils taking full control of their behaviour and exercising their freedom to change it.
Respect is at the heart of the ethos in our school and this is reflected in our system of rights and responsibilities. Our pupils learn from a young age that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and the rights of others. They understand the importance of respect and that it is absolutely vital in the creation of a supportive and nurturing learning environment like ours.
Pupils see staff model appropriate behaviour by treating each other with respect and courtesy and whole school assemblies regularly focus upon this important value.
We believe that it is very important that our pupils develop an intrinsic sense of worth and achievement because they need to have respect for themselves before they can respect others. Our PSHE curriculum does this effectively and we demonstrate our respect for pupils and their achievements by acknowledging these with a number of awards such as Star of the Week and Going for Gold. We also use sport based activity to reinforce the importance of respect.
We continually enhance our pupils’ understanding of our school, community, wider society and world as diverse. We are a fully inclusive school and we celebrate and promote diversity in a number of ways.
In PSHE younger pupils explore what makes us unique and special and they understand that we all have different strengths and qualities.
Our curriculum also includes studies of many different religions and cultures and our programme of assemblies includes celebrations from many of these.