Mereside Primary School is committed to our community and recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom.
We also understand the vital role of the school in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subject to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
We follow equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. Mereside Primary School is dedicated to preparing children for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its children.
The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The five British Values are:
We use strategies within the National curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for children. The examples that follow show some of the many ways that Mereside Primary School seeks to embed British values.
Our School Values
Mereside Primary School follows the principles of Values Education. All the children are made aware of the values of:
They are taught through assemblies, PSHE (linked to the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) curriculum) and are promoted throughout all our relationships in school.
The principle of democracy is consistently reinforced at Mereside Primary School, with democracy processes being used for important decisions within the school community, for instance, election of Head Girl and Head Boy and membership of the School Council. The principle of democracy is also explored in the History and Religious Studies curriculum as well as in PSHE and assemblies.
The rule of law
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class; the school; or the country are consistently reinforced at Mereside Primary School.
The School Charter sets the ‘rules’ of the school and is reviewed every year in conjunction with all children via the School Council. All children ‘sign up’ to the Charter and agree to abide by it.
As well as the rules and expectations of the school the value and the reasons behind laws that govern and protect us are taught alongside the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service reinforce this message.
Children are encouraged to be independent learners, constantly making choices, within a safe and supportive environment. Developing their self-esteem and self-confidence is very important. Children are encouraged to understand their personal freedoms and are taught how to use these rights to best effect. All children are keen to support charities, whether local, national or global. They are taught consideration for others through our Religious Education curriculum and PSHE lessons in particular. E-safety teaching enables them to make choices in a safe manner.
Mereside Primary School has a robust anti-bullying culture and a comprehensive Behaviour Policy.
Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Self-respect and respect for others is central to our behaviour policy. Our children know they have a right to be respected by all members of our community and they know what to do when their rights have been compromised. The rules and sanctions are clearly linked to respect to others and we do not tolerate intolerance of others.
Children clearly understand that discriminatory language is not acceptable and will be challenged. Adults are positive role-models and demonstrate the core values of our school community at all times.
Through our curriculum, particularly in RE and PSHE, we explore the beliefs of those with or without a faith. Children learn about festivals and special events that take place throughout the year.
Children are encouraged to think critically and explore ‘Big Questions’ that focus on moral and philosophical issues.