At Meadowdale Academy we promote ‘British Values’ through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) education which permeates through the school’s curriculum and supports the development of the ‘whole child’.
At Meadowdale Academy we recognise that such development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by all staff and provide a model of behaviour for our pupils.
At Meadowdale Academy we uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We also teach British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum.
The school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through whole school systems and structures such as electing and running a successful Meadowdale school council. We also actively promote British values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values.
At Meadowdale Academy, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our school council. The elections of members of the Meadowdale Parliament where pupils become Meadowdale Members of Parliament (MMP’s)are based on pupil votes. The School Council meets regularly to ensure that pupil voice is listened to and developed. In addition our older pupils are given the opportunity to take part in interactive workshops on how parliament works, debating and the voting process
The Rule of Law:
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days.
To encourage and promote good behaviour, attitude and work, we have devised a reward system which is consistently followed throughout the school.
We are committed to praising children’s efforts. We endeavour to praise the children informally, individually, during group work, in front of the whole class and the whole school. Children are rewarded not only for achievement in curriculum areas, but for behaviour too.
Rewards are given in the form of top students and top citizen stickers, avatar points, house points, certificates, postcards home and part of our Hall of Fame display. Children’s achievements are also recognised during regular Celebration Assemblies.
At Meadowdale our pupils are encouraged to become good and valued citizens. We do this by supporting each pupil to become as independent as possible.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum. 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 e-Safety teaching. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs.
Some pupils will be able to take responsibility for roles in school to understand that with certain rights comes a level of responsibility. For example, our lunchtime monitors help organise and deliver lunchtime rotas.
Learning to do things independently is an important part of learning to understand yourself. We support others by participating in charitable events such as: Macmillan Coffee Morning,Red Nose Day/Comic Relief, Children in Need and Christmas Box appeal.
At Meadowdale Academy, we believe that by engendering a caring and helpful environment and by learning to be independent can boost and nurture a healthy self-esteem.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy are based around core values such as ‘respect, pride and friendship and these values determine how we live as a community at our school.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity in our local community which is by large white British. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE.
In order to create more awareness of our local community as a multi-cultural society pupils visit local mosques and synagogues.
We also use opportunities such as the Olympics and World Cup to study and learn about life and culture in countries such as Brazil.
In line with DFE guidelines all staff take part in ‘prevent awareness training’ on radicalisation and pupils build up their resilience to racial intolerance by participating in LEA and police run workshops on race crime, diversity and cultural understanding.
Working closely with parents, carers and other professionals ensure that the pupils at Meadowdale Academy are happy, well cared for and enabled to learn the skills they need to live a fulfilling life as part of their community.