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British Values in Modern Foreign Languages

Democracy -

Students have the opportunity to have their voices heard through suggestion boxes and Student Voice in mfl lessons. We encourage an open door policy where the students feel free and able to visit their teachers with their ideas and suggestions. We study the work of UNICEF when we look at Francophone and Hispanic African and Latin American countries, as well as the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) when we discuss the similarities and differences between children’s lives in developed and developing Francophone and Hispanic countries.

The Rule of Law –

The importance of Laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the countries of the languages that we are teaching, is consistently reinforced. Students 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. We study law and order and delinquency in GCSE and A level units of work. In LOTC we explain rules and laws when we visit target language countries.

Individual Liberty -

Within mfl lessons, students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. In mfl lessons we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices confidently and safely. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, especially on mfl trips. This is also explored through our eSafety advice when corresponding with epals in twin schools, and when participating in numerous extra-curricular workshops and LOTC events which allow them to exercise their individual choice. In lessons and in written and spoken controlled assessments, we encourage students to express their individual views whilst respecting the views and choices of others

Mutual Respect –

Part of our ethos in the mfl classroom is to promote the core values of respect, reflection, resilience and resourcefulness. Pupils have been part of discussions and interschool exchanges during which they have actively demonstrated what these mean. We aspire to promote these values and increase the students’ knowledge of the importance of mutual respect – in school, our local community, nationally and in the wider world. This is reiterated in our behaviour policy within the mfl classroom. There are units in the KS4 and KS5 curriculum that focus on the effects on marginalisation which arises when mutual respect and tolerance does not exist and our students deepen their understanding of the very serious consequences of this. At A2 students study La Haine, a film by Matthieu Kassovitz, which encourages our students to consider what happens when the second generation immigrant population feels unjustly marginalised and neglected.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs -

This is achieved through developing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Across the key stages we study topics relating to tolerance, including a KS3 film option that focuses on the persecution of Jews in WW2 France, and the study of La Haine and Un Sac de Billes at A-Level. There are also units within the KS4 and KS5 curriculum that focus on celebrations and customs of other faiths in the countries where the language being taught is spoken. Across all units, students are often encouraged to develop and reflect upon their own thoughts, beliefs and reactions using the French language, which is a particular focus at GCSE and A-Level. Within this we create a safe space for students to share these ideas with their peers. Our mfl exchanges and overseas trips have also allowed our students to witness first hand other faiths and cultures. Our work in achieving the International School Award has deepened their understanding, tolerance and knowledge of our culturally diverse society. The school celebrates the many languages spoken by our pupils. Our EAL students have given workshops to help us understand some rudimentary words in their language and have answered our questions about their customs and traditions. 

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