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Values Education Policy

Aim

To raise standards by promoting a school ethos which is underpinned by core values that support the development of the whole child as a reflective learner.


Rationale

At our school we are giving a great deal of thought to the values that we are trying to promote in school. We regularly consider our core values and how the school sustains an ethos, which supports the pupil as a reflective learner and promotes quality teaching and learning. We are so very aware that society is faced with enormously complicated problems, which makes growing up a very difficult process. Children are constantly bombarded with negative messages, which aversely affect their mental, emotional and spiritual development. Also, they are repeatedly being given the impression that happiness is totally obtainable from a material world. They are conditioned to believe that 'things' will provide happiness. For example, advertisements encourage children to believe that the only source of entertainment is derived from the television or video! They are generally encouraged to experience life in a world totally external to their inner-selves: a world, which is full of noise and constant activity. Impressions of society being violent and selfish leave their mark as the child develops into adolescence. Symptoms of pupil stress are seen as children finding it difficult to listen attentively and to give school work their full concentration. Social relationships suffer as the child often fails to appreciate that building meaningful relationships is their responsibility.

As a school community, we believe the ethos of the school should be built on a foundation of core values such as honesty, respect, happiness, responsibility, tolerance and peace. These will at times be addressed directly through lessons and the acts of worship programme, whilst at others they will permeate the whole curriculum. Either way, they are the basis for the social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual and moral development of the whole child. We encourage pupils to consider these values, thereby developing knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable them to develop as reflective learners and grow to be stable, educated and civil adults.



 

 

Elements of Teaching and Learning

The elements of values education are:

  • ensuring that the school's institutional values are consistent with the values that pupils are encouraged to develop;
  • actively promoting a whole school policy that wins the support of both teaching and non-teaching staff and is led and monitored by the headteacher;
  • introducing monthly values through a programme of school assemblies. (having a two yearly cycle of twenty two values.) Pupils are encouraged to be involved in exploring their understanding of values in pupil led assemblies;
  • directly teaching about values in values lessons. These lessons provide opportunities for personal reflection, moral discourse, and an appropriate activity to promote understanding. Teaching and learning about values takes places in the following steps:
  1. By teachers explaining the meaning of a value;
  2. Pupils reflecting on the value and relating to their own behaviour;
  3. By pupils using the value to guide their own actions;
  • ensuring that staff model the values through their own behaviour;
  • ensuring that values are taught implicitly through every aspect of the curriculum.
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