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Values at Stanburn Primary School

Our vision of “Believe Achieve Succeed - Learning without limits” is a golden thread which runs through all that we do at Stanburn – no ceiling, no limiting judgements and an emphasis on effort: that we all keep trying. We have been increasingly linking this to the importance of having a growth mindset - the belief that intelligence is not fixed and can be improved through a combination of effort and targeted support. Research has shown that when we have a growth mindset, we understand that intelligence or abilities can be developed and instead of worrying how clever we are or how good we are at something, we focus on improvement. We then work harder, learn more and get smarter or better at doing something.
So many examples of this can be seen in action where the children’s positive attitudes, combined with hard work and perseverance, illustrate precisely the sort of values we aim to teach and cultivate at Stanburn.

School values

We have been reflecting on our school values which we see as guiding principles underpinning both our thinking and behaviour on what a good or outstanding school should be. So the values we have been focusing on are: Respect Curiosity Kindness Co-operation Aspiration Resilience Courage.

It goes without saying that strong values are fundamental to everyone at Stanburn - pupils, staff, governors, parents and the wider community and with this in mind we have designed new displays which have been fitted along the library corridor and main staircase, reflecting and illustrating what is most important to us here.

In 2014 the DfE reitereated the importance of teaching British values in schools. "Schools should promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs" (Promoting British Values as Part of SMSC in Schools).

The school promotes British values very well. Pupils learn about tolerance and respect. Through their rights-respecting work, they are well prepared for life in a culturally diverse Britain. OFSTED, 2016

At Stanburn Primary School these values are promoted throughout the school curriculum and integrated into school life in the following ways:

Democracy

At Stanburn Primary we actively promote pupil independence and leadership opportunities. We help our pupils to develop valuable communication and organisation skills. We want to provide children with the opportunity to debate and understand the democratic process.

Our Pupil Parliament runs each academic year and consists of two elected members from each class in years 2-6 to represent their year group. Members of our Pupil Parliament hold consultations in their constituent year group and bring lots of ideas, opinions, thoughts and resolutions on subjects directly affecting their peers to the forum.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities involved and the consequences when laws are broken.

As a school we have developed, and agreed, a set of rights and responsibilities in line with the articles stated in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. This forms the school charter and is displayed in every classroom

Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our online safety and PSHE lessons.

Pupils are given the freedom to make choices including choice of challenge in learning activities, how they record their learning, selection of modules for Stanburn University, participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and other wider opportunities.

Mutual Respect

As a school we are working together to develop a whole-school rights respecting approach and are committed to becoming a Rights Respecting School. Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Throughout the school day including in assemblies and PSHE lessons, children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of our school community treat each other with respect, whatever differences we may have.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

We place great emphasis on celebrating the richness of cultures, religions and languages within our school community. We teach our pupils to be tolerant of those who have different faiths and beliefs. We enhance children’s understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society through class discussions in RE, PSHE and other lessons, visits to places of worship, assemblies linking with key religious and cultural events as well as on broader themes such as diversity and celebrating differences. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.

Our International Day helped pupils to gain a better understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society. Year groups focused on different continents and planned a programme of activities linked to culture and languages spoken in these continents. The day culminated in each pupil being given a jigsaw piece to decorate representing themselves and their culture/heritage. The assembled jigsaw beautifully illustrates how diverse we are as a school and how we fit together as a harmonious school community.

Merit Assemblies

Merit Assemblies are a time and place where we celebrate and reward the best students across the school. The whole phase is present in these assemblies and individuals are invited to the front to receive their certificate from a member of the Leadership Team.

House Points

Acting according to the values of the school is rewarded with house points. The entire student body is split into four teams named after London Underground lines: Central, Circle, District, and Victoria. At the end of each week the total house points earned for each team is added together and the winning team is announced in the assemblies. A trophy adorned with a rosette in the colour of the winning house is presented to the house captains, and displayed proudly in the headship corridor. The next week the rosette is removed and the trophy is re-used in the ceremony.

Prefect Awards

Every week the school prefects choose a few of their peers who they have particularly noticed and been impressed by to receive a Prefect Award. The prefects present these signed certificates to the recipients.

Merit Awards

Every week class teachers choose one or two students from their class who have shown exceptional performance or improvement academically or behaviourally to receive a signed certificate in recognition of their efforts.