Our school follows a ‘Values Education’ through our worship times and reflections in class. As part of these times together and in class PSHE we also look at wider issues which dovetail with the Governments PREVENT and British Values agenda. In Key Stage Two there is regular opportunity to discuss current events and how our values can be used to support those in need.
Our School Values
We recently decided to choose and adopt our School Values. As a Church of England Primary School, we selected Christian values that we wished to adopt as unique to ourselves.
Meanings, ethics and vision shape the practice of education. The Christian Values that we have adopted will reflect twenty first century values for society and reflect ‘Values for Life’.
We aim that the core values which we adopt will help children grow into confident, well rounded individuals with a passion for learning; and empathy and understanding towards one another.
Our values will be transmitted through the management of our school, our Mission Statement and our school aims. We will promote one value per term explicitly through whole school assemblies, through the subjects in the curriculum and directly within PSHE lessons.
We have decided to selectsix values to reflect our two year rolling curriculum programme. By selecting six core values, we are not ignoring other values. We will intertwine them throughout our curriculum and worship. However, by choosing values that underpin our school and our Mission Statement we are clearly defining focus and purpose within the values process.
After consultation with the school community our choices were narrowed down to 14 values.
I worked with the school council to define each value and what it meant to the children. During this process we found that some of the values naturally merged together, sharing similar meanings and practices in school life. For example, the children’s definitions resulted in ‘friendship, trust and compassion’ grouped as one I then presented the School Council definitions to the whole school and took their input. Together we decided which other values could be grouped together and encompassed under one core value. After this myself and some School Council representatives met with some of the governing body and decided upon which of the values should be our core six.
The six values that will represent our school are:
Hope Creativity Responsibility Friendship Courage Wisdom
Last term we explored ‘Friendship’
We had a whole school Friendship Day at Castlehead outdoor centre building our relationships with our new classmates. The children completed challenges, working together as teams. They then experienced a wide range of outdoor activities, during which the value of friendship shone. The children encouraged each other, congratulated each other and generally were wonderful! Our value accumulated at the end of term with a school friendship celebration where children worked in House Teams on various friendship themed activities. They children took part in role play, performances, making friendship tapestries and woven friendship bracelets.
This term we are exploring ‘Courage’
We have been watching videos of courageous people like Dan Macaskill and Derek Redmond which we have found very enjoyable and inspiring.
At Allithwaite CE Primary the development of the child as a whole is central to our mission statement and underpins our ethos. Part of our role in that preparation is ensuring that we promote and reinforce British values to our students.
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and considered them to be democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
The examples that follow are an indication of some of the many ways we seek to embed British values at Allithwaite CE Primary School and should be seen as an indication of our approach rather than an exhaustive list.
The process of democracy is employed within school for important decisions. The School Council are nominated and elected; including a “secretary’, ‘treasurer’, ‘vice chair’ and ‘chair’. The children work closely with our own school governing body to reflect and understand this democratic process. Our school council pupils are part of the South Lakes Pupil Parliament, where we have sessions with MP Tim Farran as well as engaging with the Outreach Team from the Houses of Parliament. Our School Council feedback their experiences and findings from these sessions to the whole school in assemblies.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws are regularly enforced throughout the school day, in accordance with the school’s behavior and rewards systems. The laws that govern each class are determined by the class themselves at the beginning of an academic year and are regularly reinforced through PSHE lessons. Students 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. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Our pupils are actively encouraged to make independent choices knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Our Early Years curriculum begins this choice making process through its child led curriculum. This is then carried on throughout school by empowering children to invite questions that they would like to explore throughout their topic based learning. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights, responsibilities and personal freedoms and receive advice about how to exercise these safely, for example through our exploration of E-Safety in computing. The School Council are currently investigating Individual Liberty in Britain and in Africa as a comparison and will be delivering whole school assemblies centered around this theme.
Respect for one another is part of our school ethos. As professionals, we model respect through our behaviour and conduct which is then witnessed by the pupils. The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning environments as well as extra-curricular activities such as sport. We actively challenge stereotypes through our PSHE curriculum.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
This is achieved through teaching children about the culturally diverse society that they are a part of and by giving them opportunities wherever possible to experience such diversity within the school community. All students across the school learn about those of different faiths and beliefs as part of the Religious Education curriculum. At different times, our topics focuses on Britain’s cultural diversity. Our Religious Education curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.
Our school has a link with St Margaret’s School in Manchester through which the children’s different likes and dislikes, lifestyles, hobbies, beliefs, faiths and cultures are compared and explored.
Should you feel that the school is not meeting this requirement, you should contact the School Office and request to express your concerns with the Head teacher. Likewise, if you feel that anyone working at the school is undermining these values you should report this to the Head teacher