‘Working together to inspire, support, challenge and celebrate all our children.’
‘To strive constantly for excellence through the promotion of our agreed values.’
1. For all children to develop their self-knowledge, self-respect and self-confidence.
2. For all children to develop lively, enquiring minds and the ability to question, discuss rationally and exercise clear judgement.
3. For all children to acquire values, attitudes, skills and knowledge relevant to modern life.
4. For all children to enjoy the best progress and achieve the highest possible standards.
5. For all children to develop respect and tolerance for others, other beliefs, faiths and religions, races and ways of life.
6. For all children to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding.
7. For all children to be safe, happy and to look back at our time together at Coltishall Primary School with the fondest of memories.
We have now achieved the Values Education Quality Mark – bravo to all the staff & pupils for their hard work!
Values based Education (VbE) is at the heart of learning. Through learning and choosing positive personal, social and moral values, children are better equipped to flourish personally, socially and academically.
As you are aware we have been a Values Based Education School for the past three years and it is something we are extremely proud of. We have worked hard to embed our chosen Values into daily routines, conversations and lessons so that the children became familiar with them, reflect on them and put them into practice.
It became apparent over time, that there were certain overlaps between some of the values. We also became aware that pupils were finding it difficult to remember twenty four separate values. So, through a process of surveys and consultation with all stakeholders; parents, staff, pupils, we have taken the decision to re-evaluate our values and the way in which we think about them.
Our consultation and research into different educational models has led us to focus on twelve values that together we considered most important, and to introduce 6 overarching learning dispositions.
The term 'learning dispositions', sometimes called 'habits of mind' refers to the way in which learners engage in and relate to the learning process. Learning dispositions affect how students approach learning and therefore the outcomes of their learning. Development of these dispositions is important for students in order that they develop a self-awareness of the way they learn and embed positive attitudes to learning, important if they are to be able to become lifelong learners.
Staff will be introducing the children to our new values structure this term and will be providing opportunities to become aware of and to practice the new learning dispositions.
Next to our new Values tree display in the front entrance, is a green post box. Nominations can be placed, for individuals who demonstrate our Values or learning dispositions. We welcome nominations from parents, staff and other children. There are forms provided next to the post box and this will be emptied on a Monday morning and 2 Values V.I.Ps will be drawn and celebrated in our whole school assembly. The children selected will have their photograph and nomination posted on the new display board and will be rewarded with certain privileges during the week. Others nominated will be mentioned on future newsletters.
We look forward to your support with the changes that we have made and getting involved in nominating children for our School Values and learning dispositions.
On the 799th anniversary of Magna Carta in 2014, the Prime Minister wrote an article on the importance of actively promoting British values. Following this, OFSTED has included how well schools promote British values in its inspection process.
Although this is something which is developing in its significance for schools since 2014, it is not a new idea at Coltishall Primary. British values are promoted in so much of what we do, not least during our school assemblies, Religious Education and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum.
The values are integral to our long-standing ethos and values statement which complements British values and always has done.
As well as actively promoting British values, the opposite also applies: we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
The term “British values” might be slightly misleading in that these values are integral to so many countries throughout the world – they differ in no way from the values of most democratic countries which respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Using the OFSTED criteria as categories, here is how we promote British Values at Coltishall Primary:
“respect for democracy & support for participation in the democratic process”
Children, parents and staff are given many opportunities for their voices to be heard at Coltishall Primary. Democracy is central to how we operate.
Our School Council reflects our British electoral system and demonstrates democracy in action: candidates make speeches, pupils consider the respective merits of candidates, vote in secret etc.
Made up of two representatives from each class, the School Council meets on a weekly basis to discuss issues raised by the different classes. The council has its own budget and is able to genuinely effect change within the school; in the past, the School Council has chosen the Trim Trail around our school field and . The Council are actively involved in recruitment of teachers, the deputy head teacher and head teacher.
Other examples of ‘pupil voice’ are:
Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of each individual to have their opinions and voices heard. We encourage pupils to take ownership of not only their school but also of their own learning and progress. This encourages both personal and social responsibility and is demonstrated on a daily basis by our pupils.
“respect for the basis on which the law is made & applies in England”
The importance of rules and laws, whether they be those that govern our country or our school, are referred to and actively reinforced: in assemblies and when reflecting on behaviour choices in class or at play. At the beginning of every school year, each class decides its own Class Charter, a set of principles that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment.
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. These values are reinforced in different ways:
“support & respect for the liberties of all within the law”
Alongside rules and laws, we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs. Through the provision of a safe, supportive environment and empowering education, we provide boundaries for our young pupils to make choices safely; for example:
Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are taught how to exercise these safely, such as in our e-safety and SEAL lessons.
“respect for & tolerance of different faiths & religious & other beliefs”
Coltishall Primary is not in an area known for its cultural diversity, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Mutual respect is at the heart of our ethos and values – To develop respect and tolerance for others, other beliefs, faiths and religions, races and ways of life – and it’s one of our school rules: We respect everyone and everything.
Our children learn that their behaviour choices have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community should treat each other with respect.
Specific examples of how we at Coltishall Primary enhance pupils understanding and respect for different faiths and beliefs are:
You can see our values in action at school by clicking the link here: