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British Values

The DfE requires all schools “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation...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.”
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. At Sir Martin Frobisher Academy these values are reinforced regularly through assemblies, working alongside local organisations, enrichment opportunities and in the following ways:
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council that meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings and is able to genuinely effect change within the school. Each class votes for a pupil to represent them at the School Council.
Children are also able to nominate and vote for four pupils in Year 6 to become their house captains.
Prefects from Year 6 represent the school by showing visitors around the school, attending meetings with the head teacher and conducting lesson observations.
Children are involved in a number of questionnaires throughout the year in order for the school to evaluate their attitudes and responses to a range of issues.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws: that they govern and protect us, that this involves responsibilities and consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Individual Liberty
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it is through choice of a learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Mutual Respect
 Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community know the importance of treating each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Sir Martin Frobisher Academy is situated in an area that is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE curriculum and SMSC teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.
Sir Martin Frobisher Academy is a ‘Prevent’ school and we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views. 


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