Our values based philosophy helps our young people to find meaning and purpose in their lives
As adults we walk the talk – consciously modelling to children the school’s values. We discuss how we will model the values in our behaviour.
We give time to get to know our children as an individual people, so that we have good relationships with them.
We respect each other as people no matter what role each of us plays in the school. We create time to care and mix with each other.
Each of us consciously thinks about how to maintain “smiling eyes”. We do this by consciously taking greater care of ourselves, understanding ourselves better and sharing concerns, which may be stopping us being relaxed at school. We appreciate that good relationships are the keystone of our values-based school.
We keep values fresh in our classroom. We create time to review/introduce values concepts to children during the first few days of term and timetable regular sessions thereafter. We do not assume knowledge and understanding.
In school, we ensure that we have the current value displayed in the classroom.
We understand that the values words give children an ethical vocabulary to guide their behaviour and understand the behaviour of others. We see that children then develop a moral compass, which helps them to be more self-aware and conscious about the effects of their behaviour. We do not assume that children understand the meanings of the values. We discuss definitions and give practical examples – research shows that children learn about the values when the lessons are experiential and related to real life.
We think about how the values fit into all aspects of the curriculum and how each of us will contribute to values education.
We consider how we are using reflection as a tool to help children to be inwardly reflective. Is it something that we are actively modelling? We use silence and stillness as a natural part of our lessons to enable children to develop reflective skills. (Brain science is describing the benefits of reflection, which include better self control, ability to form more meaningful relationship, greater sense of morality, more empathy and self awareness.)
We use the values language both implicitly (well done for showing care) and explicitly (the focus for a lesson or an example during a lesson). We have a values focus for all lessons as well as a learning objective.
Finally, we remember that values are conveyed, not only in what we say but also in who we are. We understand that the best values role models are people who are self-reflective, authentically themselves and make their lessons fun.