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School Values

At The Stoke Poges School every individual is valued for who they are and what they contribute to the school. 

The Values Education Programme is intended to support the personal, social and spiritual development of every pupil.  The whole staff team and all children are involved in promoting values and recognising where others are ‘living the values’.  The values have been selected by staff, governors and pupils as values which are important within the school community and which will be important throughout life.

Aims:

Through the Values Education Programme we aim to:

  • Develop our pupils as citizens, contributing positively to their community and the world
  • Improve behaviour, conduct and self-confidence by developing strong values within the pupils at the school
  • Develop pupils' understanding of what values are and why they are important in life
  • Encourage children to ‘live the values’ in all aspects of their lives both in school and out
  • Promote values to pupils in every aspect of school
  • Promote values in the way in which adults interact with each other and with pupils
  • Display our school values and encourage all visitors to take account of them in their time in the school
  • Encourage parents to support the programme at home by promoting the ‘value of the month’ to parents in newsletters and in the entrance foyer
  • Enable children to focus upon the positive aspects of themselves that they can value, thereby reminding them of their individual worth, their worth in the school and wider communities and the worth of those communities themselves
  • To raise standards by promoting a school ethos that is underpinned by core values which support the development of the whole child as a reflective learner within a calm, caring, happy and purposeful atmosphere

Procedures

  • Values Education consists of two sets of 11 values over a two year rolling programme
  • Each month a new value is introduced through a whole school assembly led by the Assistant Headteacher with follow-up discussions taking place in class
  • Further understanding of the value in the context of the school and the wider community is developed through assemblies and through the value being promoted by all staff in every aspect of school life
  • Assembly themes will be predominantly valued based with religious festivals observed and a balance of different religions promoted in teaching our values
  • ‘Thinking time’ and ‘Silent Reflection’ will be used to encourage children to reflect upon values during assemblies and in classrooms
  • Circle time and PSHE lessons will be further opportunities to discuss and promote values within each classroom with informal opportunities being utilised whenever possible, e.g. playtime
  • Values are displayed in the school hall, the school entrance and within each classroom
  • Values are promoted to parents through our monthly newsletter with each month’s value highlighted and explained
  • Values are promoted to the community through our website which highlights our values approach
  • The Values Education Programme underpins the school’s Behaviour and Collective Worship policies and is also closely linked to RE to further promote values
  • Values based thinking is applied to all school policies, systems and procedures including the Staff Handbook and Code of Conduct

British Values

Fundamental British values are promoted through values based education and the curriculum.  Children develop their understanding and knowledge of fundamental British values in the following ways:

  • School Council elections and procedures support children in developing an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process.  Resilience and acceptance develop children’s understanding of how to accept the result of an election whether they agree with the result or not
  • Through clear expectations and boundaries in school, children develop an appreciation that having rules keeps everyone safe.  This, coupled with close links with our local community police officers develops the understanding that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their well-being and safety
  • Promoting values such as harmony, unity, acceptance and tolerance supports the development of an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is important in a civilised world and is protected in law.  Such values also develop children’s acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs should be accepted and tolerated, and that we can all live harmoniously together
  • Through values based education, children develop appreciation of fairness, friendship and individuality, understanding what discrimination and unfair behaviour looks like and how to combat it

Values

Month Year A (2019-2020) Year B (2020-2021)
September Kindness Positivity
October Equality Generosity
November Friendship Peace
December Love Cooperation
January Hope Responsibility
February Thoughtfulness Honesty
March Respect Patience
April Courage Trust
May Resilience Compassion
June Individuality Acceptance
July Courtesy Fairness