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British Values


 

                British Values at Alameda Middle School

The Department for Education states that there is a 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 definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values were reiterated by the Prime Minister in 2014.

 

At Alameda these values are reinforced regularly and in a variety of ways. As a school, we promote our 22 chosen values. These fit closely with the “British values” agenda.

 

Democracy

Democracy is important at Alameda.  Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard.  Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council and regular questionnaires.  The elections of the School Council members are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action. In addition we learn about democracy in Geography, History, PSHCE and Values lessons. Democracy is closely linked to our school values of fairness, responsibility and freedom.

 

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout our school day, through our school assemblies and also when dealing with behaviour in school. We encourage our pupils to distinguish right from wrong and help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals.  Our pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws through History, PSHCE and Values. They learn that laws govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.

 

Individual Liberty

Within school, 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 pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. We support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.  Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; examples of this can be clearly seen in our e-safety and PSHCE lessons. We implement a strong anti-bullying culture and pride ourselves on being a ‘Telling’ school.  This British Value links closely to our school value of freedom.

 

 

Mutual Respect

At the heart of our whole school ethos is a commitment to Living Values – a set of core attitudes and values that we believe contribute to individuals being able to live happy and successful lives within the communities to which they belong. Each monthly value is chosen to underpin the need for mutual respect between our pupils and their peers, staff, their families and their wider community.  Our Values are taught through assemblies and PSHCE sessions and form a key part of our daily dialogue across school.   The core value of Respect at Alameda underpins our work every day, both in and out of the classroom. Our school frequently participates in learning activities which promote mutual respect including visits to local lower schools, a residential care home for the elderly and a local farm.  In addition to these activities our children are given regular opportunities to learn within their community and beyond, each time an emphasis is placed on respecting those with whom they come into contact and their surroundings.   A very wide range of extra-curricular clubs are offered at Alameda both at lunchtime and after the school day.  These clubs provide another opportunity for mutual respect to be secured in the attitudes of our pupils, both amongst those participating from their own setting, and any visiting staff or teams. 

 

Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs

Our core value of Respect ensures tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs.  Alameda enhances pupils’ understanding of different faiths and beliefs through religious education studies; PSHCE work; welcoming visitors from other schools that are not predominately white British.