We believe these are important values, which all of our community adhere to. We are committed to developing these in our children explicitly and through our day-to-day practice and attitudes.
'British Values' are identified as:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Democracy forms an important part of life at Merton Park Primary. Each year the children decide upon their class rules and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the class rules – class contract/agreement.
We have a student council which meets every week/2 weeks with the School Council Lead. The school council will meet with SLT to present their ideas when required and reports to the Governing Board regularly. The council is genuinely able to affect change within the school. Every child on the student council is voted in by their class.
Children have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school. Their views are then considered and changes made accordingly to the next academic year. For example, the core texts children enjoyed looking at in English lessons were kept the same for the next academic year, while those texts that weren’t enjoyed were changed to make them more appropriate.
The rule of law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Merton Park.
Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. 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. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message. Through their Physical Health lessons children also learn about fairness and following rules for common enjoyment.
At Merton Park, 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 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 and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety and Jigsaw RHSE lessons. We hold yearly elections to appoint a house captain where all children have the right to vote. We also have a safeguarding policy, where children’s views are taken into account and appropriate action is taken following this.
As a Gold Rights Respecting School, this is an integral aspect of life at Merton Park Primary. We expect our learners to be respectful, confident and positive individuals. We encourage every child to care about, and have respect for, their learning, each other and our environment. By being socially and emotionally intelligent, understanding about themselves and each other, our children will make the right choices and experience positive relationships now and in the future.
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. As a school we come together for collective worship four times a week and once a week have class assembly. Our whole school assembly follows themes. We have a weekly newsletter, which features articles on care, citizenship, charity, pupil voice, celebration, festivals, safety (including e-safety) and personal development.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Merton Park is a diverse school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and RHSE 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 to learn about different religions, beliefs and culture. There is also daily collective worship. We teach children the values of their own opinions as well as those of others.
We are a Rights Respecting School and believe that, 'Education must develop every child's personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child's respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures and the environment.' (Article 29 of UN Convention on the rights of the child)