At Meon Junior School we believe in celebrating the increasingly diverse cultural background of our local and national communities whilst also promoting and holding true to British Values (described by the Government as: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs).
Much of this takes place through our curriculum teaching but also through assemblies, clubs, visitors, school trips, involvement in key local and national events, other aspects of school life and as part of the school’s general ethos.
Democracy is central to how we operate at Meon Junior School. Children, parents and staff have many opportunities
for their voices to be heard.
The children are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard.
The importance of rules and laws, whether they be those that govern our school or our country, are referred to and reinforced often, such as in assemblies and when reflecting on behaviour choices. At the start of the school year, each class discusses and sets its own Class Charter, a set of principles that are clearly understood by all to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and happy environment.
Children are taught the value and reasons behind the laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves, and the consequences when laws are broken. These values are reinforced in different ways:
We encourage the children to take ownership of not only their school but also of their own learning and progress. For example, a recent focus on independence and making your own choices in your learning.
At Meon Junior, mutual respect is at the heart of our ethos and we are proud to promote and celebrate our different backgrounds and beliefs. The children know and understand that it is imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have.
Some of the ways we enhance mutual respect and the children’s understanding and respect for different faiths and beliefs are: