We recognise that a child’s personal development plays an important role in their ability to learn and achieve. As a school we aim to nurture our children from the moment they start, so they can grow into safe, caring, responsible and tolerant adults.
These are key to allowing everybody to participate and contribute positively to our society. These values are:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
We do this in many ways.
- We have a school council who meet regularly and follow a full democratic process from secret ballots, to a Chair and Vice-Chair and minutes of meetings. They are involved in decisions at school, checking on pupil welfare and finding out what is going on around school.
- Social skills assemblies. We have a timetable of assemblies that focus on a range of skills that help develop the key values of respect and tolerance. These may be as simple as discussing how to hold a conversation and make eye-contact or how we can tell if someone is feeling unhappy.
- Regular national visitors and external workshops. The NSPCC visit to talk to children about what the law says about children’s rights and responsibilities. The local police officer delivers sessions on cyber-bullying and keeping themselves safe on-line – this includes discussions about how laws are created and how the police and legal system work.
- Faith assemblies. Religious festivals and celebrations are explained and discussed. Comparisons are made between different faiths and discussions take place about what we all have in common.
- PHSE (Personal, Health, Social and Emotional) lessons each week focus on all the elements of being yourself, from self-care and making friendships to being different and managing change
- Religious Education. As part of our RE work, children visit a variety of places of worship and have change to talk to religious leaders about how faiths are similar and different
- Significant dates in British and World History. We take part in Remembrance Day each year and also celebrate particular months or weeks when others do nationally, such as Black History Month. We discuss the battles and sacrifices people before us have made and how our government and society works.
- Place 2 Be. Every child has the right to talk, to share worries and concerns and they can do this through any adult in school but specifically through Place 2 Be. Our manager has specific sessions with children to develop mutual respect and work on how we get along in school and society in general. It is a place where difference is celebrated and individual’s own personalities get a chance to shine.