British Values of St Margaret's Academy
There has been a significant amount of debate over recent months about the need for schools to promote British values.
In 2011 the government set out its definition of British values in its Prevent Strategy:
• The rule of law
• Individual liberty
• Mutual respect
• Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
At St Margaret’s C of E Academy we support our children to understand and experience these five values alongside our Christian Values of friendship, perseverance, wisdom, love and respect.
Our children experience democracy at work through the working of our School Council, Eco-Council and the annual elections by pupils of Team Captains and Junior Management members. At St Margaret’s we value our pupils’ voices.
We have an established School Code of Conduct which is underpinned by our Positive Behaviour Policy. Our School Code of Conduct is shared with all pupils, their families and our staff. It is the code we use in and around school on a daily basis to model an individual’s rights and responsibilities, the need for mutual respect and tolerance.
Through our PSHE learning we further explore the five values. We consider what being a good citizen is. Our pupils in Upper School have First Aid Training to empower them to help and look after themselves as well as being of service to others. We play an active part in two Sports Partnerships where we take part in many festivals and tournaments to develop pupils’ confidence and self-esteem. We access support from organisations such as ChildLine and the NSPCC to help our pupils understand about their rights, respect and tolerance. We also support various charities, some chosen directly by the pupils and others chosen by the school, which enables us to consider in more detail mutual respect and tolerance.
Our collective worship Schedule allows us the opportunity to explore our Christian Values through the teachings of the Bible. This is an opportunity for our pupils to explore friendships and relationships, to show team spirit and tolerance.
In November we support "Anti-Bullying Week"; this is an opportunity for our pupils to consider what is bullying, why people bully and how to deal with it.
In Religious Education (R.E.) pupils learn about the major faiths and beliefs. We celebrate a range of key festivals across the year and look at the similarities and differences and how these impact on people’s lives.
Through our Geography curriculum we take the opportunity to explore other cultures from around the world and we encourage our pupils to see the world from different perspectives.