British Values Statement
Promoting British Values at Merryfields School
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.”
Merryfields is committed to serving the Staffordshire community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
It follows 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. Merryfields School is dedicated to preparing students for their secondary placement and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its students.
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:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The school uses strategies within the National curriculum PSHE programme where appropriate and beyond to secure such outcomes for students:
- To better equip our students with the tools to become successful and accepted members of the community.
- To attempt new challenges and form their own opinions.
- To be aware of issues that could potentially damage their development, and provide them with the knowledge to make informed decisions.
- To nurture their ability to take responsibility for their own actions and be receptive towards the needs of others.
- Prepares students for life in modern Britain.
- To ensure that students’ awareness ensures their safety including when online-from abuse, extremism and radicalisation where it is appropriate for pupils
- Know that family and friends are important and long term relationships are healthy.
- Know the value of money, possessions and property, both their own and those of others.
- To be able to empathise and adopt a reflective/listening approach to others.
- Understand right and wrong in terms of the law.