Children actively participate in democratic processes on a regular basis. At the beginning of each school year class elections are held for various posts such as school council. Children are taught about the desired qualities of elected representatives; making informed, personal decisions when voting; and about democratic decision making.
Our school council meets throughout the term and members are taught to represent the views of their class, feeding back after meetings. This shared pupil voice informs decision making across the school. Recent school council involvement has included selecting new treat breaks; charity involvement; and use of the playground.
Children learn about national democratic processes through lessons and assemblies during national/local elections and through visitors.
We value consultation with all groups within our school community, regularly surveying opinion. Recent examples include school food, and e-safety.
Each class has its own rules, drawn up and agreed upon by the class. As part of this process children are taught to appreciate the rights & responsibilities inherent in our society.
Our curriculum plan for PSHE also includes regular units of work on rights & responsibilities and citizenship.
All members of our school community understand and use our agreed Positive Behaviour Policy. This sets out the expectations and sanctions consistently applied within our school.
We have good links with local Police who we liaise with concerning local issues.
We actively seek to foster a culture of equality, and embrace diversity, as set out in our Equality & Diversity Policy .
Children learn about the importance of equality & diversity throughout the curriculum, and especially in PSHE, RE and History. Additional opportunities for discussion and reflection are regularly taken in assemblies and our library is well stocked with relevant books.
We actively encourage children to think about themselves as learners, using our six Learning to Learn phrases.
We encourage children to develop their personal strengths, character and personalities; finding opportunities for older children to take on responsibilities such as Buddies. We also ensure a wide range of clubs and extra-curricular activities.
Individual and team successes are celebrated in assemblies and classes.
‘Respectfulness’ is one of our key Learning to Learn areas, discussed regularly in class and assemblies. Children demonstrating respect are used as good role models.
We teach children about the importance of respect for all individuals and life-choices as part of our curriculum, particularly in PSHE, RE and History. Assemblies often directly challenge children’s preconceptions and acceptance of minority groups.
In PE, and other sometimes competitive aspects of school life, children are taught to compete fairly, demonstrate equality and to be magnanimous in defeat.
A lack of respect demonstrated by any member of the school community is directly challenged and an increase in empathy encouraged.