We fully support and teach the British Values of:
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
Mutual respect is at the heart of our school. Children learn that their behaviour have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community are entitled to be treated with respect. We want the children at Montalbo to be global citizens and give them the knowledge, skills and understanding of concepts and institutions necessary to become informed, active and responsible citizens.
We want them to realise that similar situations and issues appear in schools around the world. We expect children to understand how they need to take responsibility for their learning and together we can make a difference but the actions of one person can change things for many. We want children to have informed opinions.
We also believe children will only have mutual respect and tolerance of others if they have in themselves and their community. We encourage pride through
- Celebration assemblies
- Each child is a member of a house team and works to get points for their house
- Involvement in community events within Barnard Castle
- Hosting community events
- Developing a community garden
- Celebrating key national events such as Remembrance Sunday, Commonwealth Games.
Rule of Law
The importance of having laws is stressed every day at school so that our school is a calm and safe place to be. Pupils are taught the values and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. These are some of the ways that this is implemented within school.
- Consistent behaviour system
- Classroom rules
- Celebration assembly
- Meetings with parents
We have always worked closely with the local police to help reinforce this message
- School council elections
- School ethos treating everyone the same linked to behaviour system.
- Giving children a voice e.g. garden developments
- Pupil questionnaire seeking their views
- School Nutrition Action Group
- Garden Action Group
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 children to make choices safely through the provision of a safe environment and a rich creative education. Some examples are as follows:
- Behaviour systems
- Differentiation within lessons
- Wide choice of extracurricular clubs to pursue interests
- Values promoted through curriculum
- School educational visits
In 2015, we will build into the curriculum opportunities to allow children to start to pursue and explore individual interests. This curriculum will include many different options such as bird watching /nature walks, chess, visits to cultural events and outdoor activities. These will teach children resilience as well as give them possibilities of activities to do in leisure time thus increasing mental health and well- being and instilling pride in themselves as an individual.