Values and Ethos
Mesne Lea Primary School continues to embed British values through; assemblies, lessons and also through the new curriculum especially through RE, where children explore further experiences beyond our school and community.
As a community primary school, we echo our motto ‘Working Together For Individual Excellence’.... to
- enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence,
- enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England,
- encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely,
- enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England,
- further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures,
- encourage respect for other people,
- encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.
The understanding and knowledge expected of pupils, as a result of our school promoting fundamental British values includes:
- an understanding of how citizens can influence decision making through the democratic process
- an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety
- an understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence
- an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law
- an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
- an understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination.
We continue to embed this and are looking at using ICT even more to develop the children’s knowledge of global communities and compare the fundamental values.
If you have any suggestions about how we can improve or develop the British values in school, please get in touch via email or alternatively see your child’s class teacher.
Safeguarding pupils who are vulnerable to extremism and radicalisation
Mesne Lea Primary School is committed to actively promoting the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; the pupils are encouraged to develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
There is a current threat from terrorism in the UK and this can include the exploitation of vulnerable young people, aiming to involve them in terrorism or to be active in supporting terrorism. Staff at Mesne Lea Primary School seeks to protect children and young people against the messages of all violent extremism including but not restricted to those linked to Islam ideology, Far Right/Neo Nazi/White Supremacist ideology etc. Concerns should be referred to the Designated Safeguarding Lead, who is Miss Fisher (Learning Mentor) and Mrs Finlay (Head Teacher), who have local contact details for Prevent and Channel referrals. They will also consider whether circumstances require the police to be contacted.