Teaching and Promoting British Values at Mulgrave
The Department for Education has identified the need "to create and enforce a clear and rigourous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values..." At Mulgrave, British values are reinforced regularly through both our Golden rules and our School Values
Our Golden Rules are:
- We try our best
- We are respectful
- We act responsibly
Our School Values are:
At the beginning of each year children affirm the school’s expectations and the rights and responsibilities associated with these. Every child and staff member takes responsibility for instilling these values into the school community. The children and staff actively engage with each other to create harmonious learning environments where everyone is responsible for the high expectations through our ‘Mulgrave Way’.
Mulgrave has a Junior Leadership Team (JLT) who are elected by their peers. Within class, children have a chance to write their own proposal and give a speech as to why they should be a class representative. The class then decide who will be best at representing them. Our children understand that being a member of the JLT comes with great responsibility and a commitment to giving their best to school life. The Junior Leadership Team meet every two weeks with Senior Leaders in the school to discuss school improvement and issues that have been raised. The JLT have their own budget and is genuinely able to effect change within the school.
Democracy is taught during assemblies and class-based PSHE sessions. Children regularly get opportunities to express their views in school through Pupil Voice interviews and questionnaires. For example, children have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school. Subject leaders also meet with children regularly to gain their views on how teaching and learning can be improved.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, is consistently reinforced at Mulgrave. Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school through our Golden Rules, Playground Rules, Classroom Rules and our School Values. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Through our whole school approach, we enable children to develop the language and strategies to solve conflict and to right wrongs. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help to reinforce this message.
At Mulgrave, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school, we educate and provide boundaries for our young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand, and exercise their rights and personal freedoms. They are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety and PSHE lessons.
From the very start of their school life children are encouraged to challenge themselves by giving them ownership of their own learning. Children have next steps shared with them, whether verbally or with feedback in books, so that they know exactly what they can do to progress. Children are excited to respond and to drive their own learning forward, achieving their goals.
Respect and responsibility are key values that permeate all aspects of school life at Mulgrave. They are fundamental to the way we support and care for each other, for the community and for the environment. Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
At Mulgrave, we value the close, positive relationships between all adults and children, and see this as being key to enabling all children to access their learning, in a welcoming and safe environment. Assemblies regularly cover the theme of ‘respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions related to what this means and how we show it. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. When a child does well, their achievement is displayed for everyone to learn from their positive attitude and hard work. Learning and effort are highly respected and the whole school is focused on developing a great sense of worth and achievement. This is celebrated through weekly achievement assemblies.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
We are situated in one of London’s most diverse boroughs, leading to a rich cultural and social diversity within our school, which is nurtured so our children can gain positive experiences from their fellow peers. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.