Our Values Statement
We promote ‘British Values’ through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which permeates through the school’s curriculum and supports the development of the ‘whole child’. The curriculum offers broad and balanced opportunities. We recognise that such development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by all the staff and provide a model of behaviour for our pupils.
‘British Values’ have been identified as:
The ability to understand and communicate are the most important areas of learning. We ensure that pupils are given a ‘voice’ to communicate. We give our pupils opportunities to make choices about the things that they believe to be important. By valuing each ‘voice’ and by listening and responding to that voice we demonstrate that we support democracy and liberty. We have an active School Council who meet regularly, and members were elected through a democratic voting system.
Rule of Law
Our behaviour system promotes positive choices and there are many rewards which encourage pupils to follow the rules. Pupils are helped to learn to manage their behaviour and take responsibility for their actions, and we always talk about the actions and alternative choices that the children could have taken. This type of environment enables pupils to feel safe and secure; this in turn, builds learning power and promotes the optimum conditions to help pupils to make decisions and choices that are acceptable to the school community, the local community and British society as a whole.
Pupils are encouraged to become good and valued citizens. We do this by supporting each pupil to become as independent as possible. We endeavour to demonstrate that everyone has rights; this includes the right to say 'Yes' or 'No' to ideas or activities. Some pupils will be able to take responsibility for particular roles and to understand that with certain rights comes a level of responsibility. Learning to do things independently is an important part of learning to understand yourself. We support others by participating in charitable events such as, Children in Need, Operation Christmas Shoebox and Save the Children. We believe that producing a caring and helpful environment can boost and nurture a healthy self-esteem.
Each child in school is part of our circle of friends and this helps them to feel part of the school community, and know their place in our school. We promote each pupil’s inclusion in activities that are appropriate to them individually to meet their needs. Within school, pupils work with a range of people and interactions with others are always positively promoted for each individual. This may include working with students from other schools, musicians, theatre groups etc. The curriculum may involve pupils going into the community to meet with a range of people in a variety of situations which include: sports events, community events, church events and shared participation with other schools/colleges. We believe it is important to facilitate opportunities to be part of the community as the pupils, families and staff have much to offer in the development of community cohesion.
Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
We are part of a school and local community where each person is respected and valued equally without regard to ability, gender, faith, heritage or race.
Cultural appreciation and development forms part of our curriculum. We place great emphasis on providing encounters and participation in events and celebrations to broaden all pupils’ experiences and awareness of others.
Our Assemblies help all pupils to find out about themselves and others linking their lives to the communities in which they belong. We have half termly themes for assembly, which include: Friendship, Respect, Responsibility, Courage, Honesty, and Love.
Pupils are encouraged to experience British Culture through our curriculum themes. For example, pupils have visited many local places. As a school, we take part in sporting activities which helps to instil ‘fair play’ and engender a ’team spirit’.
The staff work closely with parents, carers, governors, PTA and professionals to ensure that the pupils at Newport Infants are happy, well cared for and enabled to learn the skills they need to live a fulfilling life as part of their community.