|On a Learning Journey|
|Teaching and Promoting British Values|
Our vision for the school is:
INCLUDE, ENJOY, ACHIEVE
- To value and respect other people’s views, beliefs, cultures and religions, both in school and in the wider community, promoting equality and inclusion and encouraging all children to become responsible citizens;
- To work as a team with parents, children, staff, governors and the community, maintaining good relationships within and outside school;
- To provide an interesting and stimulating curriculum that is relevant and accessible to everyone;
- To provide an environment that enables children to develop curiosity and independence, an environment that is;
Caring, stimulating, intellectually and emotionally secure and physically safe in which to work and learn.
We use some key learning tools to help encourage and promote our core values and skills throughout school. These tools are journey themed to represent the learning journey that out pupils undertake during their time at Holcombe Brook. The journey continues worldwide, through our global landmark themed classes.
1. Passport For Learning
Our ‘Passport For Learning’ is an interactive guide to accompany each child through their primary school development. It’s designed to enhance both life and curriculum learning in a fun, engaging and quantifiable way.
Driven by the school’s mission and values, key life skills have been broken down into 6 clear, concise skill sets, such that progression is measurable and attainable. Pupils are be encouraged to make regular notes, to relate these achievements back to both their personal experiences and what they are learning in the classroom.
With further pages dedicated to curricular and extra-curricular activity notes, the passport encompasses the child’s overall achievement and learning. It also helps to reinforce lessons learnt, track progress and serves as a personal achievement journal.
Where relevant, our web news articles are marked with ‘Learning Waymarks’ to highlight related items from the Passport’s skill set lists, and you can catch up with any Passport related news here.
More passport information and images can be found here here.
2. Outstanding Learners
Outstanding Learners is a concept that runs throughout school, including our other learning tools.
These themed tools include interactive display boards in classrooms, with ‘skills’ and ‘behaviour’ check lists, and our Outstanding Learners showcase, where we feature example of outstanding work from our pupils.
As with the Passport For Learning and the Backpack For Life, items from our Outstanding Learners checklists are added as ‘Learning Waymarks’ to our news articles, to help reinforce and develop these qualities.
You can view the latest additions to our Outstanding Learners showcase here.
3. Backpack for Life
Our Backpack For Life is a list of general life skills and values that we hope our pupils will develop and continue to carry with them after their time at Holcombe Brook.
Teachers are able to highlight particular items to focus on, and again relevant items are added to our news articles as ‘Learning Waymarks’, when appropriate.
The DfE have recently reinforced the need:
“to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to 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.”
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. At Holcombe Brook these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is rife within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Pupil Council, Pupil questionnaires, Pupil Voice Interviews with staff and Governors and through scaffolded discussions within classes. The elections of House Captains, Class Councillors and Head and Deputy Boy/Girl, as well as the winner of the Half Term Hero award are based predominantly upon pupil votes. Our pupils discuss class rules at the beginning of each academic year and monitor their own areas of school responsibility in Year 6.
2. 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 that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police; Fire Service; etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message. Workshops and education on E Safety and rules around the Internet are also discussed regularly. Our local community Police Officers attend school events where possible and speak to pupils in small groups where necessary.
3. 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 the provision of a safe environment and empowering education which aims to encourage respect, tolerance and inclusion. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and receive advise on how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons and with links to our ‘Passport For Learning’. Whether it be through choice or challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
4. Mutual Respect
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’ and ‘Inclusion’ and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Posters, photographs and artwork around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.
5. Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Links across the Local Authority and internationally through International School Status and e-Twinning activities promote tolerance and understanding.
The documents below give further detail on the ‘Prevent Duty’