It is distinctly Mornington to promote children’s ability to listen to and respect the opinions and beliefs of others and to be able to express oneself coherently and logically. We teach children to think in every area and to apply their knowledge and ideas. We believe passionately that school days should be fun.
“The promotion of self worth and confidence is at the heart of the school” (OFSTED 2011)
We endeavour to provide our pupils with a rich diet of activities that engages each one in school life in a positive way. This helps us to provide a strong foundation of skills, knowledge and experiences from which to develop and ensure their readiness for each chapter of their educational journey, EYFS to Year 1, Year 2 to Year 6 and Year 6 to Year 7. These experiences vary from rich first hand , trips, visitors to schools, whole school events and collaborative activities with the other schools within the Kimberley family.
We truly believe that our pupils should be partners in driving learning and experiences and that they should understand how each person within our school community contributes to the ethos and standards that we aspire to achieve.
Promoting British Values at Mornington Primary School
The DfE have reinforced the 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.”
Mornington Primary school, as an inclusive establishment, accepts admissions from all those entitled to an education under British law, including pupils of all faiths or none. We follow the policies outlined by our governing body regarding equal opportunities, which guarantee that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. We seek to serve all.
Her Majesty’s Government emphasizes that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The government set out its definition of British values in the ‘Prevent Strategy’. Through provision and actions in place, the school will, in an age appropriate manner, promote British Values to enable students to develop their self-Knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. Although we do not have an explicit values curriculum … there are certain values that inform the way that we behave, and provide a positive influence for pupils.
The values referred to are:
- Treating others with tolerance and respect
- Being inclusive and accepting of difference
- Engaging with others with generosity, particularly when they are in difficulty
- Aspiring for the highest standards
- Behaving with honesty and integrity
- Behaving with care and responsibility to our environment
Whether these values are specifically British values is a debate for others, but I believe that attention to these has helped form the positive atmosphere that is such a feature of our school.