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British Values


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."

At Marchwood C of E Infant School these link very closely to the culture and ethos of our school and to the Christian values we promote through the wider curriculum.

Remembrance Day is commemorated annually. Significant National events such as the Queen's birthday, birth of royal babies and the Golden Jubilee were all recently celebrated in school. Within our curriculum children learn about the lives of some significant people and events in British history.


Our three Christian values - Love, Trust, Truth, are consistently reinforced in all parts of the school, in lessons as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school collective worship. Children are taught the meanings behind our three Christian Values and the consequences for the safety and wellbeing of themselves and for others if these values are not upheld.

Children also significantly contribute to the development of class charters, that detail the rules and responsibilities they themselves can meet or aspire to, which also includes rules about respect, tolerance and fairness.


There are many opportunities within the school day for children to make choices and exercise their personal freedom. Boundaries are set clearly and reinforced consistently to ensure the school is a safe environment. Children are supported and encouraged to manage their own behaviour and make sensible choices. Through collective worship and PSHE(Personal, Social and Health Education) children learn about their personal freedoms and take part in discussions about how to exercise these safely, for example through on-line safety and road safety. Children have opportunities to make choices in their learning, choose from a range of after school clubs and choose weekly Golden Time activities.


Children enjoy lessons and are active learners who display good behaviour because they understand the right of all children to learn and thrive in an atmosphere of mutual respect. The school promotes the respect for others and this is reiterated through our Behaviour Policy, our Christian values of Love, Trust and Truth.

Children take part in Circle Time and Religious Education discussions when they are expected to treat the opinions and views of others with respect, even if they differ from their own. All adults in school model mutual respect in their conversations and actions towards the children and one another.


From their first day in school children are supported to develop the language to express their views, emotions and feelings so that children are able to negotiate with their peers and resolve any disagreements respectfully. We actively seek opportunities through our social curriculum to enhance pupils' understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society through a multicultural curriculum.

Collective worship and discussions involving prejudice and bullying are being followed and link with learning in RE and PSHE. We introduce children in all classes to Circle Times, where they are encouraged to take part in discussions or class debates, justify and sometimes change their opinions, give reasons for their viewpoint and listen to those of others.