The Market Bosworth School
The school takes every opportunity to promote British Values, defined by the government as the following:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
In actively promoting British Values, we will also focus on, and be able to show, how our work with students is effective in embedding fundamental British values. Actively promoting also means challenging students, staff, parents or carers that may express opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
We have a student council which meets at least every month with a member of staff to discuss issues raised from a student perspective. The council has its own budget and is genuinely able to effect change within the school. They are asked to review certain policies such as our “Teaching and Learning” policy, where they are able to give a student view. Every student on the student council is voted in by their class. Students have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school. We have regular visits and activities that reinforce democracy, these have included visits from local and national MPs. Various students take part in the recruitment process for new staff. During this process they will not only give their own opinion, but also learn about considering and empathising with others before coming to a collective decision.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern our classrooms, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at The Market Bosworth School. Student rules and expectations are reinforced via our “Code of Conduct” for Behaviour and Learning. Students are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police, the Army and the Fire Service help reinforce this message. Students have also taken part in relevant trips such as a visit to Hinckley Magistrates Court.
At The Market Bosworth School, students 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 students to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety assemblies and PDP lessons. Students are encouraged to make choices in regard to their curriculum via our Student “Electives” programme. This includes curriculum choices such as “Question Time” where students develop their understanding of important issues and debate their views.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Students learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. Our 10 point code of conduct for behaviour includes “Show consideration for others at all times”. This is constantly reinforced in assemblies, tutor time and throughout the school day.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
The Market Bosworth School is a diverse school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Assemblies, Religious Education, Citizenship, tutor time and PDP lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The students take part in activities that are important to different faiths during our International day, which includes African Dancing, Henna Hand painting, and Indian Dancing.