Pupils are encouraged to debate topics of interest, express their views and make a meaningful contribution to the running of the school. This is encouraged through questions, surveys, listening to pupil voice and especially through Ambassador roles, where pupils take responsibility in a range of areas including lunchtimes and promoting a Rights Respecting ethos. Our Rights Ambassadors gather information from all classes, providing a democratic voice for all pupils on school matters.
We have a clear positive behaviour policy which helps pupils to make right choices about their behaviour and have associated rewards and consequences. We are working towards becoming a Rights Respecting School and each class draws up a charter together at the beginning of the school year. Pupils are helped to distinguish right from wrong in the classroom, during assemblies and in the playground. Pupils 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. Pupils are encouraged to respect the law and Malmesbury enjoys visits from services such as the Police and Fire service to help reinforce the message.
At Malmesbury pupils are encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment, e.g. challenging themselves in their learning with the chilli challenge. They are supported to develop self-knowledge, self-confidence and a growth mind set in all areas of school life. Pupils are taught to understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms in a safe way, e.g. through the promotion of the UNCRC, through developing an understanding of online safety and through Jigsaw lessons.

Our whole ethos is one of mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and this is embedded in everything we do. Pupils understand that respect is shown to everyone, both adults and children. We challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour effectively through restorative discussions in order to promote tolerance rather than simply giving consequences for the behaviour.
We help everyone to develop an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures through the development of a Rights Respecting ethos, our inclusion policy and ethos as well as through the curriculum in terms of learning about different countries, languages, religions and beliefs. Through the PSHE and RE curriculum pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences and similarities between people. Links with local faith communities and visits to places of worship are promoted and people from different faiths are invited to school to share their experiences in assemblies and in class. We offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and all religions represented in our school are celebrated.
Please click here to see our curriculum maps for further details. These curriculum maps show information of how we teach British Values through the curriculum as well as how the British values link to the rights of the child from the UNCRC.