At Meridian Angel Primary School we uphold and teach pupils about the British Values which are defined as:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The school uses daily opportunities to actively promote the British Values through our daily Collective Worship and whole school systems and structures; such as electing and running a successful Junior Leadership Team. These values are also taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economical Education(PSHCE), and Religious Education (RE). We also teach the British Values through the planning and delivering of a broad and balanced curriculum which we ensure includes real opportunities for exploring these values. Children are set interesting homework projects which requires them to research and replicate famous British landmarks and present findings about famous Britons in History. We display the best projects in the corridor for everyone to appreciate.
At Meridian Angel, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
- Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Junior Leadership Team where members are elected annually.
- Pupils fill in termly questionnaires where they can voice their opinions and views
- We have Year 6 monitors who are responsible for different aspects of school life such as Collective Worship monitors, Playground Leaders and House Captains.
The Rule of Law:
- The importance of laws and rules both in and out of school are reinforced daily.
- We have an agreed set of Golden Expectations and these are linked in with Our ‘Rainbow Chart’ behaviour system.
- Children are asked to reflect on the importance of these Golden Expectations especially when they are not followed.
- We teach the value and reasons behind both laws and rules - that they protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences that can occur.
- Frequent visits from the Community Police, Fire Service and Mayor of Enfield help to reinforce this message.
Individual Liberty :
- We actively encourage pupils to make choices, which they do knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
- Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our Online Safety teaching and PSHCE lessons.
- Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs.
- Pupils help in planning and delivering child led Collective Worship.
- Each half term, children evaluate Collective worship in light of the Christian Value being taught. This informs staff of their level of understanding and how to plan and deliver Collective Worship in the future .
- Our school ethos and behaviour policy are based around core Christian values such as ‘respect’ and ‘responsibility’ and these values determine how we learn as a community.
- Collective Worship is based on a different ‘Christian Value’ each half-term, which are planned collaboratively with the local minister and are central to how we expect everyone to go about their life at our school.
- Children and adults alike, including visitors, are challenged if they are disrespectful in any way.
- Values are highly visible around the school.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
- We enhance pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society through our International Primary Curriculum.
- In London, we are lucky to be surrounded by a diverse population which we respect and celebrate.
- We hold an annual International Celebration where different classes celebrate the culture of a different country from across the world. Parents and Families bring in traditional food and dress up in National dress.
- We celebrate all major festivals in the Christian Calendar as well as festivals and events from around the World.
- Children learn about the different major faiths, beliefs and festivals in RE and also visit different places of worship.
- We celebrate Black History Month and Friendship Week
- Collective Worship promotes tolerance of all people regardless of their background and belief.
- We research different famous Britons each week for homework.