Aims, Visions and Values
At Weobley Primary School we uphold and teach about British Values which are defined as:
- Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
These values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE), and Religious Education (RE). We also teach British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced creative curriculum.
Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, with the elections being based on pupil votes. There are also opportunities for pupils to elect house captains. Within the wider curriculum, opportunities are promoted for pupils to have their voices and opinions heard on an number of issues.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. Our system for behaviour is aligned to an agreed set of sanctions and rewards and if children are given verbal warnings this is always set against the agreed school behaviour code. It is made clear to children which aspect of the code they have broken to ensure that this connection is made and understood. Pupils 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. Visits from authorities such as the police, fire service etc.are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message. To encourage and promote good behaviour, attitude and work, we have devised a reward system which is consistently followed throughout the school. We are committed to praising children’s efforts. We endeavour to praise the children informally, individually, during group work, in front of the whole class and the whole school. Children are rewarded not only for achievement in curriculum areas, but for behaviour and general adherence to the school’s behaviour policy. Rewards are given in the form of stickers, house points and certificates. Children’s achievements are also recognised during our Golden Assemblies.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety teaching. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy are based around core values such as ‘respect’ and ‘friendship’ and these values determine how we live as a community at Weobley Primary School.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity in our local community which is by large white British. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. We use opportunities such as The Olympics to educate children about other countries as well as inviting into school visitors from a broad and varied religious and cultural background.
The purpose of values-based education is:
To help the school community think about and reflect upon positive universal values and the practical implications of expressing them in relation to themselves, others, the community and the world.
To inspire individuals to choose their own positive personal, social, moral and spiritual values and be aware of ways for developing and deepening them as world citizens.
Our Core Values are…Hope, Freedom, Thoughtfulness, Peace, Happiness, Humility,Caring, Simplicity, Honesty,Friendship, Patience, Co-operation, Responsibility, Respect, Appreciation, Unity, Quality, Love, Tolerance, Trust, Understanding and Courage.
Twelve values and their definitions
Co-operation is helping one another
Co-operation is working together with patience
Co-operation is collective effort to reach a goal
Happiness is knowing I am loved
Happiness is giving everyone good wishes
Happiness is love and peace inside
Responsibility is being fair
Responsibility is doing my share of the work
Responsibility is taking care of myself and others
Simplicity is natural and beautiful
Simplicity is putting others first
Simplicity is appreciating the small things in life
Freedom is choice
Freedom is living with dignity
Freedom is when rights are balanced with responsibilities
Unity is togetherness
Unity is collective strength and harmony
Unity is personal commitment
Peace is when we get along
Peace is having positive thoughts for myself and others
Peace begins within each one of us
Respect is knowing I am unique and valuable
Respect is liking who I am
Respect is listening to others
Love is caring and sharing
Love is feeling safe
Love is wanting good for others
Tolerance is accepting myself and others
Tolerance is knowing we are all different
Tolerance is being understanding and open-minded
Honesty is telling the truth
Honesty is trust
Honesty is being true to yourself and to others
Humility is accepting everyone
Humility is self-respect and self-esteem
Humility is courage and confidence
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