At Muxton Primary School, we strive to embed British values into all aspects of our curriculum and everyday school life. These values are:
- Rule of Law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Pupil voice plays a big part in life at our school. Our children elect School Council representatives who are involved in making school a better place in which to learn. Children have input into their learning and this influences and informs teachers’ planning.
We know that the active participation of our children will sow the seeds for a more sophisticated understanding of democracy in the future.
On May 7th 2015, we held our very own ‘general election’. Each of our four houses of Wenlock, Ironbridge, Wrekin and Granville prepared their own manifestos for ‘The Best School Day Ever!’ and everyone in the school had to visit our polling booths and cast their vote!
The winning house was Wenlock who planned and organised what really did prove to be the Best Day Ever!
Rule of Law
Our children will meet rules and regulations throughout their lives. We want them to understand that, whether these rules govern the class, the school, the neighbourhood or the country, they are set for a good reason and must be adhered to. This understanding of the importance of rules will be consistently reinforced through our curriculum and assemblies. Children are involved in the setting of school rules, for example in the establishment ‘Caring Classroom Rules’ in each class and the whole school ‘Playground Charter’. This helps them to understand why they were made and the consequences if rules are broken. Throughout the school year, we positively welcome visits from members of the community including local clergy, Police, Fire, Nurses/Doctors, and representatives from various charities. We believe that clear explanations and real life stories emphasise the importance of the Rule of Law for our children.
We invest a lot of time in creating a positive culture in our school so children are in a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged. We offer a range of extra -curricular activities for children, based on their interests. Through our e-safety and PSHE lessons, we educate children on their rights and personal freedoms. At Muxton Primary School, we believe that valuing choice and freedoms in daily school life will foster a value for individual liberty as the children embark on their adult lives.
A key part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around core values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. There are many ways in which older children support younger children, for example, with their reading and by leading activities at playtimes.
Tolerance of those with different Faiths and Beliefs
Our school community is becoming increasingly diverse and we have recently welcomed children and their families from Japan, Lithuania and Poland into school. We offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which major religions are studied and respected. Parents and leaders of different faiths are always welcome in our school to share their beliefs. We strongly believe that tolerance is gained through knowledge and understanding. Through the routines of our daily school life and our curriculum, we demonstrate tolerance and help our children to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens who can help to build a better Britain for the future.