Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around core values such as ‘Respect.’ Ofsted (October 2016) stated that, ‘The pupils understand what is expected of them and pupils of all ages talk confidently about the RESPECT code of conduct in school. Even the youngest pupils were able to explain what this means. They are also very clear about the importance of being kind and, in the words of one pupil, ‘If you mock someone, it stays with them forever, like creases on a piece of paper.’
Pupils are a part of discussions, themed assemblies and collective worship related to what this means and how it is shown. Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom rules, as well as our behaviour policy and code of conduct. The concept of ‘fair play’, being magnanimous in defeat and participation in activities that promote kinship and affiliation with others are actively promoted in school.
Working in the Community
We have been creating links with the local care home. Children have been visiting the residents and reading to them. It has been a lovely opportunity to meet these people and find out more about them.
Another way we have supported the community is through our Eco Work both in school and in the community. We have gone litter picking, been planting trees in Southglade park and begun getting ready to plant our garden ready for vegetable growing linked to Design and Technology and supporting opportunities for promoting and supporting healthy eating.