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British Values

All maintained schools must meet the requirements set out in section 78 of the Education Act 2002 and promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of their pupils. Through ensuring pupils’ SMSC development, Music Federation demonstrates we are actively promoting fundamental British values. Meeting requirements for collective worship, establishing a strong school ethos supported by effective relationships throughout the school, and providing relevant activities beyond the classroom are all ways we ensure pupils’ SMSC development. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance. We are on a continuous journey to ensure that all ours pupils understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law. The Federation's ethos and teaching, which parents aware of, supports the rule of English civil and criminal law and Music Federation does not teach anything that undermines it. 


Democracy is embedded throughout our school curriculum.  Pupils 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.  Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council and pupil questionnaires.  The elections of the School Council members reflect the British electoral system and demonstrate democracy in action. 

  • Children agree the class rules for the year, as outlined in the Federation Behaviour Policy

  • Children take part in a questionnaire so that they can put forward their views of the school

  • Children are given the opportunity to vote on specific issues within class

  • Children take part in enterprise projects which they suggest

  • Children’s opinions are sought through the school council for after school clubs

  • Parent views are sought and acted upon 

  • Pupil voice creates real impact in wider areas of community life, i.e. ECO Team focusing on litter, or Braille Club to better support, communicate and understand their peers








The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced.  Each class also discusses right from wrong and sets their own Class Charter that is clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment.  Our 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.

  • Each class discusses their class rules, understood by all to ensure that they have a safe environment in which all pupils have a right to learn

  • The whole school behaviour policy is publicised and followed by all in several forms including a child friendly edition

  • Pupils have regular opportunities to reflect, for example, on their choices during Collective Worship at assembly time and in the classroom

  • Collective Worship covers local, national and international events

  • Pupils have the opportunities to explore the rules of particular faiths through RE

  • Opportunities to respect and appreciate different rules are given in sports lessons, competitions, music and drama performances and within lessons

  • The schools work in partnership with the police and fire services

  • Pupils have opportunities to visit local businesses to explore workplace expectations and career opportunities





Individual Liberty

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 our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education.  Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; examples of this can be clearly seen in our e-safety and PSHE lessons.  Whether it is through choice of challenge; of how they record; of participation in our extra- curricular activities; our pupils are given the freedom to make choices and are encouraged to act responsibly and show initiative.

  • Pupils have choice about which clubs are offered during the academic year

  • Pupil have choice over participation in extra-curricular clubs and opportunities

  • Pupils have leadership opportunities including, ECO Team, PRO leaders, School Council representatives, class and senior librarians, Team Captains and Head Students 

  • Pupil voice is recognised through the Federation Anthem and pupils were involved in writing the lyrics from our values

Mutual Respect

The pupils have been part of discussions related to what this means and how it is shown. Respect is one of the values that is taught within lessons and assemblies, enabling pupils to contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of our school.  It is shared with home through newsletters and website information.  Adults throughout the schools model, demonstrate and promote respect for others as do older children who have suitable, age related, tasks and responsibilities and this is reiterated throughout classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour. PRO (Promote Resolve Organise) support other pupils during break times and lunchtimes and the ECO team also work at these times to ensure respect for our environment through litter picking the school sites. 

  • Class Dynamix curriculum promore key social messages through music and performance

  • PRO Leaders (Promote Resolve Organise) support other pupils during break times and lunchtimes

  • ECO Team demonstrate respect for the school sites and the environment

  • Excel Choir creates an outward facing blueprint to involve additional school in collective worship and performance

  • Opera North/ In Harmony Music Curriculum promotes social skills, turn taking, social etiquette, patience, resilience, determination and pride

  • Pupil Animal Welfare Officers take responsibility for looking after the chickens and ensuring they have a clean environment and are well looked after

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M.P. Hilary Benn visiting school

Local Councillors join our ECO team


Celebrating British Values within our school environments

Working with local businesses

Pupil choice in the Enterprise Suite

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