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Marlborough Infant School Values and Vision
At Marlborough Infant School we encourage all children to ‘Be The Best They Can Be’, following a core set of values. These values promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of the law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
The ‘Be The Best You Can Be!’ programme enables young people to discover their unique potential and inspires, engages and empowers them to pursue and fulfil their dreams.
It aims to embrace the enthusiasm and increased self-awareness that came as a result of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Top class athletes try to live according to a set of beliefs and values that help them to “Be The Best They Can Be”. The Olympic Values play a key part in the ‘Be The Best’ programme as they shape future lives and influence the choices that we make.
The values are:
Friendship Excellence Respect (Olympic Values)
Determination Equality Courage Inspiration (Paralympic Values)
Each value has a mascot, chosen by the children
Friendship – Friendship Fish
Understanding each other, although there may be differences. Using different values to demonstrate friendship – sympathy, empathy, honesty, mutual understanding, compassion, trust and being positive.
UNCRC – 2,7,12,13,14,15,16,31
Excellence – Excellence Eagle
Giving your best in life and all your goals. Using your talent or quality to an excellent standard or achieving a personal goal that seemed out of reach.
UNCRC – 12,15,23,28,29,31
Respect – Respectful Rabbit
Being fair, knowing your limits whilst taking care of yourself and others around you. Being positive, about other people for their qualities.
UNCRC – 2, 12,13,14,16,23,28,29,37,40
At Marlborough Infant School we are a Level One accredited ‘Rights Respecting School’. This role is currently under new leadership and we will continue to embed this ethos across the school developing the following:
- We have a special team of ‘Rights Respecting Rangers’. They are a group of Year Three children whose job it is to recognise and encourage ‘Rights Respecting’ behaviour in the school.
- A Rights-Respecting School puts the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of the curriculum. It not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between teachers / adults and pupils, between adults and between pupils.
- At Marlborough Infant School we believe that as children begin to understand their own rights they become more respecting of the rights of others, which in turn leads to increased respect and more socially responsible behaviour.
- Rights Respecting Education has already been shown to raise children’s self-esteem, make pupils more aware of global issues, increase optimism about the future, improve a child’s ability to resolve conflicts and encourage the use of higher order thinking skills.
- Our pupils are involved in some of the decisions that affect their lives in school and their voices are heard through groups such as The Rights Respecting Rangers, School Council and Eco-Team.
How do we share and recognise these values across our school?
- Our curriculum planning – PSHE/SMSC/RE
- Assemblies – inviting guest speakers e.g. sports achievements, local community – military
- Our induction with new staff, parents and children
- Celebrations – assembly/certificates/rewards
- Daily recognition and praise
- Our behaviour and anti-bullying policy
- School, playground and class charters
- Role modelling and setting of clear expectations by staff, parents and children
- Using children as leaders and role models – Rights Respecting Rangers, School Council and Eco-Monitors
- Voting on decisions in school and attending meetings about school developments
- Ensuring children know who to go to for help if they feel unsafe
- Activities and learning to develop an understanding of other faiths or beliefs in line with the curriculum expectations
- Celebrating festivals that promote our school life and community
- Using current affairs to highlight the values and share experiences e.g. Nepalese earthquake
- The introduction of a Head Boy and Girl to promote our values, as a role model to other pupils and when greeting visitors to our school.
- At Marlborough Infant School we invited the school community to work with us to plan a re-launch of the values and how we can develop end embed these across the upcoming terms at our school.
At Marlborough Infant School we invited the school community to work with us to plan a re-launch of the values and how we can develop end embed these across the upcoming terms at our school.
Staff , governors, parents and pupils from the school council, Rights Respecting Rangers and Eco-Monitors joined a joint session on Wednesday 23 April to learn more about the values and put our ideas together. Here is our outcomes form that meeting – we have already completed the items in green:
- We want to reinforce these values and develop pupil achievement linked to the Olympic Values. This will raise self-esteem and helps pupils to develop aspirations for their future. Achievements can be in the arts, sport, academic areas or something completely different. If a pupil has worked hard to achieve a personal goal then we will celebrate it.
- Share each value in a themed assembly lead by different classes over the summer term – starting with ‘Friendship’ lead by Mrs Court on Tuesday 12 April.
- Link the values to our celebration assembly on a Friday
- Display the values in our school – in the classrooms
- Share information about the values on our website, to parents in newsletters
- Linking the values to our PSHE and Rights of the child
- Develop a clear understanding of the values
- Choosing mascots or characters to represent each value
- Rewards – stickers
- Celebration page on the website
- Developing social and emotional skills e.g. resilience, tolerance and patience
- Share children’s outcomes with the values with parents at parents meetings and book looks
- Link the CRC articles to displays and values learning
Ideas for developing Friendship at our school:
- A welcome buddy for new starters
- Child friendly explanations of the value
- A friendship character and rewards
- Playground buddies
- Classes reflecting on positive outcomes – linked to friendship
- The school council voted that a fish will be our mascot for ‘Friendship’
- Other ideas for the friendship bench
Ideas for developing Excellence in our school:
- Teachers, parents and pupils as role models
- Expecting everyone to always try their best in everything – every day
- Rewards –spelling/trophy
- Promoting resilience
- Golden challenge (Yr 2/3) Always having high expectations
Ideas for developing Respect in our school:
- Compliments box or board for adults and children
- Sharing achievements with families
- Celebrating differences – seeing this displayed around school
- Developing a world/culture day or learning theme – using experts from that culture/place
Schools, through their curriculum, are legally bound to actively promote the fundamental British values.
How can this be done at Marlborough?
‘actively promote …’
- Focus on, and show how, the school’s work is effective in securing these values
- Challenging pupils, staff or parents who express opinions contrary to British values
Democracy – what do we do?
- Provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services
- Teach pupils how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process
- Include in the curriculum information on the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and how it works in Britain
- Encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school
- Help pupils to express their views
- Teach pupils how public services operate and how they are held to account
- Model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged
- Have an active school council who play a role in decision making at school.
Rule of law – what do we do?
- Ensure school rules and expectations are clear and fair
- Help pupils to distinguish right from wrong
- Help pupils to respect the law and the basis on which it is made
- Help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals
- Include visits from the police in the curriculum
Individual liberty – what do we do?
- Support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
- Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights
- Model freedom of speech through pupil participation, while ensuring protection of vulnerable pupils and promoting critical analysis of evidence
- Challenge stereotypes •Implement a strong anti-bullying culture
- Follow the UNICEF rights respecting schools agenda
Respect and tolerance – what do we do?
- Promote respect for individual differences
- Help pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life
- Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
- Organise visits to places of worship
- Develop links with faith communities
- Develop critical personal thinking skills
- Discuss differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations, such as looked-after children or young carers.