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”.
Our school reflects British values in all that we do. We nurture our pupils on their journey through life. Hence, they grow into caring, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the wider world. We encourage them to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and others in our school, our local community and beyond.
At Tylers Green Middle School, we actively promote British values in the following ways:
Pupils are encouraged to debate topics of interest, express their views and make a meaningful contribution to the school's running. They are able to do this in a number of ways e.g. being involved in sports and school council elections, being a team captain to represent and support their houses. Our curriculum, in foundation subjects such as History, allows for discussions and a greater understanding of the democratic system now and in the past.
Rule of Law
We have a clear positive behaviour policy which helps pupils to make good choices about their behaviour. Pupils are enabled to distinguish right from wrong, in the classroom, during assemblies and in the playground. Pupils are encouraged to respect the law, set class rules for themselves and understand the school’s procedures for both positive and negative behaviours using our green, yellow and red card system.
At school, pupils are encouraged, and given the freedom to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment, e.g. Challenging themselves in their learning. They are supported to develop self-knowledge, self-confidence and a growth mindset in all areas of school life. Pupils are taught to understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms in a safe way through lessons and following their ‘compass’.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
Respect is one of our 5 core values. Pupils understand that respect is shown to everyone, both adults and children. We help them to develop an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures. Staff and pupils are encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour. Through the PSHE and RE curriculum pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences and similarities between people. We offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied.