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Wingham Primary School

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Our Values

At Wingham and Preston Primary School we have a shared set of values. We hope that children grow and develop into being a person who is RICH. Someone who exhumes the following values we deem to be important in the wider community:

 

  • Respect
  • Inclusive
  • Creative
  • Hardworking

 

At Wingham Primary School we uphold and teach pupils about the British Values as directed under Ofsted guidance, which states that the school should:

 

‘promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles; and support and help, through their words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain.’ 

 

The British Values are:

 

• Democracy

• The Rule of Law

• Individual Liberty

• Mutual Respect

• Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

 

We ensure that through our school aims, agreed class rules, curriculum and teaching, we promote respect and tolerance for all cultures, faiths and lifestyles.  As educators we have a duty to prepare our children for life in the Britain of today and to keep them safe.  We value the importance of and support the current Ofsted guidance. 

 

The promotion of modern British values and democracy is clearly evident within our school through the following:

 

Democracy

 

UN CRC Article 12: Children have the right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account.

 

  • We have an elected school council who represent all year groups.  In their termly school council meetings they discuss and vote on decisions that will impact the school. The children learn about representation, its importance and meaning; how to organise the agenda and chair a meeting and the value of having a voice.
  • House Captains are elected by the children in a house event in Term 1. These children take on important and visible roles within the school community.
  • During Democracy week in late September the school elects  a Head Boy and Head Girl, the children (Y6) write to Head of School to express wish to stand as a candidate. They then present to whole school in assembly and then run a campaign and at the end of the week a whole school vote by secret ballot. Local MP is invited to attend.
  • The children learn the vocabulary related to democracy such as representation, nomination and voting.
  • Democracy is taught about and discussed in PSHE lessons and assemblies.
  • Our robust history curriculum teaches how British history has helped to shape modern Britain and its values. (What makes Britain Great?)
  • All Class rights and responsibilities are individually created to reflect the children in the class and all are linked with school ethos/British values

 

The Rule of Law

 

UN CRC Article 19: Governments should ensure that children are properly cared for, and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents, or anyone else who looks after them.

 

  • We have high expectations of pupil conduct, reflected in our Behaviour Policy and which is clearly evident to visitors of the school.
  • We have a clear behaviour protocols in place, that are followed by all members of staff from teacher to support staff , midday supervisors and supply teachers.  The children understand the procedures in place, and what will be the consequences of their actions.
  • A key part of our Behaviour Policy is allowing children time and opportunity to reflect upon their behaviour, what they need to do to change their behaviour in future and to whom, if appropriate, they need to apologise.
  • Through class rights and responsibilities and PSHE lessons, children are taught to know right from wrong, how to keep themselves safe and to do the right thing, even when it is difficult. This is also a theme that is highlighted in assemblies and themed weeks throughout the school year.
  • Local police officers/PCSO regularly visit the school to talk to children about the reasons behind rules and laws and the consequences if they are broken; if specific issues arise we arrange for visits by the police to talk to the relevant year groups on the topic at hand – for example with regard to using social media responsibly and legally.
  • Visits from other authorities such as the Road Safety Team, Fire Service feature in our calendar and help reinforce the message of the consequences if rules are broken.
  • When relevant we work closely with the local authority about specific behaviour concerns such as the Behaviour Support team.

 

Individual Liberty

 

 All children have a right to relax and play, and to join a wide range of activities. Children have the right to meet together and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights

 

  • Through assemblies and PSHE sessions, children are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration.
  • Children throughout the school are encouraged to make independent decisions, for example in choice of lunch and playground.
  • We offer a range of clubs for all ages to allow children to have the opportunity to follow their interests in art, music, sport and so on.  For those children who are Pupil Premium we often provide financial support to allow them to join clubs outside of school/residential visits.
  • Through the PSHE and computing curriculum, as well as through visits from the police, road safety and cycling organisations, children are taught how to keep themselves safe in the physical and online world.  (Safer Internet Week focus highlights the danger to the children and how to keep them safe)
  • We actively participate in anti-bullying week – with activities in all classes.
  • Assembly links with British values/school values each term
  • Learning journeys completed 3 x year are the children’s reflections, what they feel most proud of and how they have performed throughout the year both academically and socially.
  • Healthy Body and Healthy Mind week enables the children to experience a variety of different sports and challenge themselves to participate in riskier sports (archery, skateboarding )
  • The Federation of Preston and Wingham provides opportunities for events in which the children can come together as a group to compete or work alongside each other.
  • The school Enterprise week enables the children to develop and demonstrate resilience, determination  and cooperation. The children also show and realise the skills needed for business.

 

Mutual Respect

 

 The Convention applies to everyone, whatever their race, religion, abilities, whatever they think or say and whatever type of family they come from. Children have a right to learn and use the language and customs of their families, whether these are shared by the majority of people in the country or not.

 

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy and Single Equality Scheme.
  • They earn House Points for behaviour as well as for effort and achievement.
  •  Through their personalised rights and responsibilities, PSHE lessons and assemblies children are taught and given opportunity to develop their understanding of the importance of cooperation, collaboration and to be supportive, understanding and appreciative of difference. 
  • Children also learn this through PE lessons and house competitions.
  • Peer Mediators from Year 5 receive training to support the play of children in the playground.
  • The whole school ramble promotes team spirit, helping others and working together.
  • Consortium trip to Ypres highlighting the importance of remembrance and how many people of differing nationalities all fought.
  • Remembrance assembly in school.

 

Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs

 

Children have the right to think and believe what they want, and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights.  Parents should guide their children on these matters. 

 

  • Our Single Equality Scheme clearly states our view on the importance of respecting difference in whatever form that difference might take.
  • Education, understanding and awareness of different faiths and beliefs is fundamentally important to us and, with this in mind, the school funds visits to the local church and synagogue.
  •  Tolerance and understanding is also taught and promoted through the Kent Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.  
  • Class, key stage and whole school assemblies also promote tolerance and we have termly visits from local vicar who takes the assembly.
  • Significant religious festivals such as Diwali and Ramadan are learned about and celebrated, and talks have been given by staff and parents from different faiths. 
  • British culture & beliefs are celebrated wherever appropriate eg, harvest festival, Christmas church service, Easter concert, Remembrance, current news etc
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