Modern British Values

At St. Margaret's Academy we explicitly teach, model and expect high standards of manners, behaviour and mutual support. British values are promoted through our curriculum, our assemblies and our school ethos.

Each school week starts with an assembly for the whole school that features a moral message or focuses on the lives and achievements of great British and global figures. We also recognise British Saint Days and a wide range of religious festivals throughout the year.

Democracy

Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through many pupil groups.
 
  • School Council members are elected from each class at the beginning of each academic year and they meet regularly to discuss issues raised through class discussions. The council is genuinely able to effect change within the school
  • We also have a School Nutrition Action Group who are elected from Upper Key Stage 2. They meet with key staff to discuss the food culture within the school and make suggestions about themed days, resources and the curriculum
  • We have an annual pupil questionnaire so they can give their views of the school
  • KS2 assemblies raise awareness of how people in the past have struggled to achieve civil rights and democracy in the UK and across the world
  • We help pupils to express their views within philosophy lessons, class discussions and ensure they are listened to
 
The Rule of the Law

Pupils are taught about the importance of laws, whether they are those of the class, the school or the country.
  • We ensure our school rules and expectations are clear and fair
  • We help pupils distinguish between right and wrong
  • Pupils are taught the values and reasons behind laws: that they govern and protect us and there are consequences when laws are broken
  • Visits from the Police, Fire Services and local magistrates are regular parts of our curriculum and help reinforce this message
 
Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment.

  • They have a choice of academic challenge within lessons through our Chilli Challenges
  • At playtimes the pupils are free to choose different activities in differnt areas of the school grounds
  • Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and given advice on how to do this safely through E-Safety and PSHE lessons
  • We implement a strong anti-bullying culture
 
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

We help pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures ways of life:

  • We follow a recently revised local RE curriculum and organise visits to places of worship
  • We discuss differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity and disability and differences of family situations
  • We challenge prejudical or discriminatory behaviour
  • We acknowledge and learn about all religious celebrations in class and assemblies