Our School Values
Our values underpin everything that we believe in at Woodfield. It is essential that all the adults in the school support the children to learn about and demonstrate these values, as they are so important for being successful in life.
As part of our behaviour policy, we have three school rules that we expect children to follow consistently: Safe, Engaged, Respectful. We believe that as long as the children think about their actions in relation to these expectations they will have a good attitude towards their learning.
When children find this difficult, we use restorative conversations to consider which expectation they weren't upholding, what happened or the impact on others. By building strong relationships with the children, we can challenge the unwanted behaviours positively which allows them to consider and reflect on what they should choose to do in the future. Our behaviour policy can be found on our policies page.
As well as these three expectations for behaviour we have 12 values that we focus on across the year. These are taught both explicitly and through all the different curriculum areas. As well as teaching these values, we celebrate these weekly and termly through our celebration assemblies. By having a deep understanding of these personal attributes we are ensuring that our pupils are valued members of the community and are successful.
Weekly Value Champions
Every Friday in school we have a celebration assembly, class staff select one class member of the class who has demonstrated the value of the month.
Friday 1st December
As well as focusing on our School values at Woodfield we are fully committed to promoting British Values in line with recent DfE recommendations and the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 to keep children safe and prepare them for life in modern Britain. We promote fundamental British Values.
We do this through our relationships with the children, our relationships with each other, our RE curriculum, our PHSE curriculum and regular assemblies. The exploration of the values may also come through the choice of resources within other subject areas and interaction with current affairs through discussion.
The Department for Education defines British Values as follows:
- The Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
- The principle of democracy is explored during assemblies, in the wider curriculum and is embedded throughout the PSHE/Jigsaw scheme of work.
- All children are encouraged to debate topics of interest, express their views and make a meaningful contribution to class discussions.
- Our school has an active school council, elected by the pupils.
- Children also have the opportunity to have their voices heard through pupil questionnaires and surveys.
The Rule of Law
- We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy.
- We use Class Dojo as a whole school reward system which is linked to our school values.
- The Behaviour, E-Safety and Anti-Bullying policies set out a zero tolerance baseline for any form of aggression, abuse or violence, which extends to pupils, staff and parents/carers.
- Our 3 school rules are integral to the learning and ethos of our school. There is a clear reward and sanction policy in place at our school, we use restorative conversations to help children reflect and understand the effect of their actions.
- At a weekly celebration assembly which rewards outstanding contributions made by children. These awards are linked to our school values and are shared in our weekly newsletter. Each term we teachers nominate a pupil who has gone 'Above and Beyond' and consistently demonstrate our school values.
- Pupils are supported to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. They are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration. Pupils are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their interests in art, music, sport.
- Pupils are taught about the importance of making the right choices and are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour and actions.
- Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including on-line. This is through computing lessons, assemblies and outside organisations such as the CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre), as well as through the PSHE curriculum.
- Vulnerable pupils are protected and stereotypes challenged. A strong anti-bullying culture is embedded in the school any form of bullying is challenged and addressed. The school also operates a robust system of logging incidents using CPOMS.
- Pupils have key roles and responsibilities in school e.g. prefects and school champions
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
- Through daily practice, pupils know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone: adults and children.
- The curriculum ensures that pupils are helped to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life.
- Staff and pupils are encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
- Through the PSHE and RE curriculums pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations.
- Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudiced-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in e-safety, RE and PSHE.
- Through building relationships with other schools locally and internationally, pupils are taught to respect other cultures and broaden their understanding of the traditions of different nations.
- We use the Jigsaw scheme of learning to deliver our PSHE curriculum. This mindful approach encourages children to work together to celebrate difference and encourage tolerance.