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School Values

Guidance for Developing Christian Values

through Character Education.

 

 

Our intent for developing Christian Values through Character Education is:

 

To develop and celebrate the flourishing of individuals, communities, families and the society connected with school, through the cultivation and encouragement of an expansive range of moral, spiritual, intellectual, civic and performance character values and through this fulfil the Church of England’s Christian vision for education for ‘life in all its fullness’. To achieve this we want to  develop values in children through them seeing them as ‘character in action’, i.e. demonstrated over time in word and deeds.

 

We aim to have a golden thread running through our school community, symbolizing our values.

 

This thread will equip young people to grow in wisdom, hope, community and dignity and is shaped by an understanding of God at work in the world, present and active in shaping each individual’s developmental story. We believe it is fundamental to the pursuit of academic excellence and stands at the heart of all aspirational teaching, learning and pastoral care.

 

Although values are taught explicitly in our school, we believe values are frequently also caught implicitly through role-modelling and good relationships. Therefore, we believe the deliberate embedding of values  in the  staff teams is pivotal to the long-term impact of our character education

 

 

 

Implementation

 

Our school values have been developed by children using the National Society Values and Church of England Vision, along with their own additions, into the following four strands:

  1. Wisdom, knowledge and skills: enabling discipline, confidence and delight in seeking wisdom and knowledge and developing talents in all areas of life. Values included here are: Wisdom, Creativity, Enjoyment and Fun, Love of Learning, Critical thinkers, Reflective Thinkers, Self-Pride and Confidence, Humility
  2. Hope and aspiration: enabling healing, repair and renewal, coping wisely when things go wrong, opening horizons and guiding people into ways of fulfilling them. Values included here are: Resilience and Courage, Hope and Aspiration, Trust
  3. Community and living well together: a core focus on relationships, participation in communities and the qualities of character that enable people to flourish together. Values included here are: Honesty and Truthfulness, Service and Responsibility, Compassion, Empathy and Caring, Forgiveness, Friendship and Co-operation, Peacefulness, Generosity.
  4. Dignity and respect: the basic principle of respect for the value and preciousness of each person, treating each person as a unique individual of inherent worth. Values included here are: Respect, Thankfulness

We teach and instill these values in children through the following ways:

Implementation through the living values in action

The vocabulary of our values is displayed in each classroom on a Golden Thread and  referred to throughout the course of each day, whenever this is relevant, to clarify children’s understanding of the meaning of the words and what they look like in action.

Each week children who exhibit good examples of living these values are recognised with a Golden Sparkler in a Celebration Worship. The whole school community are invited to nominate children to have their lived value recognised using a nomination form which is submitted to the Headteacher. We believe teaching children to recognise when others exhibit a value is vital to their appreciation of the values in action.

At the conclusion of the year, the school also holds a ‘Sparkle and Speech Day’ when every child is recognised for displaying a key value consistently throughout the school year.

The school values are promoted through the Behaviour Policy and used as ‘Personal Development Targets’ where appropriate. On occasions where we feel a child has not effectively shown a value when they could have done , an adult in school can set a simple target  encouraging the child to improve their own personal living of that value (see Behaviour Policy).

Implementation through Worship themes

Our Collective Worship will focus on key values each term.  A group of children who volunteer to lead the development of pupil led worship will discuss what could be covered in the programme each term. (See Collective Worship Policy). The ‘Values through Worship’ long term plan is attached as Appendix 1.

 

Implementation through our Curriculum

Our Long Term Curriculum Plan is developed around six themes:

Identity and Diversity, Peace and Conflict, Social Justice, Saving our Environment , Our Heritage, Our World and Beyond

Through planning to develop the children’s knowledge of these themes, we teach Key Curriculum knowledge alongside linked values. (See Curriculum Policy). Lessons across all curriculum areas as well as specific PSHE lessons focus on the values identified in the medium term curriculum planning. We believe teaching values through the curriculum in this way makes direct links with the wider world and key issues in local and global culture both throughout history and today. For example, when in Year 5/6 the children are taught about World War 2 , work on the diary of Anne Frank in History teaches the values of empathy, compassion and respect. 

Implementation through Pupil leadership

We recognise head boy/girl, wellbeing ambassador as well as all years having general ambassadors and how these are chosen based on children displaying the values etc and how it's their job to foster them in the other children.

 

 

 

Impact of our teaching of values

Effective character education has a legacy far beyond the school gates, impacting on young people as friends, neighbours, parents, team members and employees, benefitting both the individuals themselves, their wider communities and broader society. Mainly the effectiveness of our values teaching can be seen in the school community working together and the atmosphere within school. We can measure the effectiveness of the values taught through records of ‘Sparklers’ in the ‘Born to Sparkle’ book, children’s individual reports,  feedback from parents in emails and Parent Questionnaire statistics. 

 Thank you and your hard working staff for today’s Sparkle and Speech.  It was lovely to hear about each childs’ very individual achievements.  I really enjoyed the event (although I’m already dreading next years as I feel the tears will flow even more!!)Thanks again for all your hard work.  I just wish that all the parents realised how lucky they are for their children to attend such a caring, loving, super school. Parent email July 2018

 

Appendix 1

Collective Worship Values Themes

Term

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Global Curriculum Theme

Identity and Diversity

Peace and Conflict

Social Justice

Saving our Environment

Our Heritage

Our World and Beyond

Values Theme

Community and living well together

Dignity and respect

Hope and aspiration

Wisdom, knowledge and skills

2020-21

Service and Responsibility

 

Generosity

Honesty and Truthfulness

Respect

Thankfulness

Wisdom

Creativity

2021-22

Empathy and Caring

 

Friendship and Co-operation

Forgiveness

Resilience and courage

Hope and Aspiration

Enjoyment and Fun

 

Love of Learning

Critical thinkers

 

Reflective thinkers

2022-23

Compassion

Peacefulness

Trust

 

Self-Pride and Confidence

Humility

 

 

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