Ethos and Values At Much Wenlock Primary School we value each and every child and celebrate their individuality. We are committed to nurturing and inspiring children to be happy, confident learners. We achieve this by working together to create meaningful and enjoyable experiences. In this way we strive to instil a lifelong love of learning and achieving. This vision and our motto ‘Nurture, Inspire, Believe, Achieve’ underpin our core whole school values of: Honesty, Empathy, Responsibility, Respect, Tolerance and Resilience. BRITISH VALUES Democracy At Much Wenlock Primary School democracy is taken very seriously. Children are actively encouraged to share their views and opinions regularly in a variety of ways. The school council is one such example. Every September we have an election week when the children vote for their preferred candidate for class representative on the school council and the results are announced in a special assembly. Every child also contributes their ideas to the composition of their own class rules. This sets ground rules for classroom conduct and establishes the standards of behaviour children can expect from each other over the year ahead. All children also complete an annual questionnaire which provides them with the opportunity to share their views of learning at Much Wenlock Primary School and suggest ways in which the school could be improved further. 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 the school day and through school assemblies. Children are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Individual Liberty Within school, children are actively encouraged to make decisions and choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young children to take risks and make choices safely. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely. 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 treat each other with respect. This behaviour is also constantly modelled by members of staff at all times. Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs Much Wenlock Primary School is situated in an area which is not 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 and PSHE teaching reinforce this. Each year the children explore a world faith alongside their learning about Christianity. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.