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  • The DfE have recently reinforced the need ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs’.

    The government set out its definitions of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year, were laid before Parliament at the beginning of September 2014 and came into force on the 29th September 2014. At Minerva Academy we promote fundamental British values in many ways throughout the curriculum. Examples of this are noted below.


    British Values at Minerva Academy

    Value & children’s understanding

    Examples of the value in practice

    Everybody has the right to have their voice heard and within school all children and adults should be able to make their opinions known and be listened to.
    The school council provides a defined link between the views of the children and the school’s governing body.
    The school council is elected by the class therefore participating in a democratic process.
    The school will vote on an issue at least once a term so all children get to actively participate in making decision in the school.
    Rule of law
    Rules and laws are very important whether they be those that help us to understand what we should do in the classroom, within school or within the country. Rules and laws protect us and ensure that we stay safe. As a result, there is a consequence when we break the rules and laws.
    School, class and playground rules.
    Behaviour and achievement system with specified, clear consequences that are enforced fairly and equally throughout the school when rules are broken (system driven and agreed by the elected school council).
    Visits from authorities such as Magistrates in the Community, Police, Fire and Ambulance services.
    Clear celebration of those that don’t break the laws and operate appropriately within the agreed frameworks through the behaviour and achievement system.
    Individual liberty
    All children are actively encouraged to make good independent choices knowing that they are within a safe and supportive environment. Within school we provide boundaries for children to keep them safe.
    PSHE regarding making sensible decisions.
    Responsibility and undertaking of key school roles (school council / class helpers).
    Through choice of challenge within classrooms.
    Mutual respect
    Everybody within the school community; adults and children learn that they must respect the rights of others. This does not mean that everybody has to agree and we should appreciate that other people may have alternative opinions, may come from different backgrounds and have different cultures but everyone is valued.
    Children are able to drive the school forward but they need to listen to, and consider, all children’s views.
    Celebrating the achievement of all (at their own level) through the praise and thank you book, King or Queen of the week. Celebration and discussion of achievement outside the school through celebration assembly.
    PSHE and RE study enriches children’s understanding of mutual respect as they listen to other children’s points of view Wide nature of the IPC curriculum e.g. ‘Let’s Celebrate’ allows for focus upon celebrating and investigating different cultural histories and approaches.
    Teaching of Spanish and links made with Spanish schools as a result.
    Tolerance of those different faiths and beliefs
    We ensure that children are aware of their place in a culturally diverse society and give them plenty of opportunities to experience different aspects of the diversity.
    Assemblies delivered.
    Discussions about prejudice.
    Understanding of racism and the impact of racist comments.
    Bullying discussed and understood through class sessions.
    Curriculum learning through RE and PSHE.
    Links to schools in Spain.
    Celebrating religious events through the year i.e. Eid and Christmas and Diwali.
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