SMSC and British Values underpin all aspects of our curriculum and the daily experiences within school. Within lessons children show our values and are given DoJos for showing these in their learning or when socialising with their peers. Projects are developed to help children to develop their own views and opinions of Local, National and Global events. Below are some examples of projects which have been developed by our children across school.
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy – values of:
During the Academic Year 2019/20, pupils in the RRSA Team lead on a half-termly vote. These have included a whole school vote on Brexit and one linked to the General Election. The outcome of these are on the RRSA Team Page .
The rule of law
The importance of having laws is stressed every day at school so that our school is a calm and safe place to be. Pupils are taught the values and reasons behind laws which that govern and protect us. They are aware of the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
Chilton Academy has its own PACT group who meet monthly with PC Robbins and PCSO Evans. These meetings have led to local litter picks, the police speaking to local teenagers who have intimidated the children, leaflets being created and delivered by the Mini-Police to target speeding cars on the high street and the purchase of new ‘parking people’ who will be located on the zig zags outside of school where parents often park to drop their children off.
Children on the School Ambassadors hold some of their meetings in the Town Council chambers and a future project is hoped to be the development of a Junior Town Council for children and Young People.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. At Chilton Academy, we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and a rich creative education. Some examples are as follows:
Positive Reward systems (DoJo)
Differentiation within lessons
Accelerated Readers scheme
Wide choice of Extra Curricula clubs to pursue interests
8 School Values promoted through curriculum
School Educational Visits.
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights. They are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety teaching. Our Rights Respecting Team ensure pupils’ rights are exercised in school but also to clearly identify the responsibilities we all have in keeping children and adults in school safe.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our school. Children learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community are entitled to be treated with respect. We encourage pride through:
Pupil of the week
Annual prize giving linked to our school values and attendance
DoJo points and communication with parents
Involvement in community events within Chilton such as Church services
Celebrating key national events such as Remembrance Sunday or planning for the VE Day Celebrations in 2020.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
In Chilton Academy, we are working towards updating our “International Schools Award” demonstrating our keen enthusiasm towards tolerance of different cultures and faiths. We work closely with the Local Authority to develop links with schools across Europe and take part in local projects to support pupils’ understanding of other cultures and faiths. For example, we decorated our Christmas Tree this year with baubles sent from children in schools across Europe and are looking forward to hosting International Students from Durham University after Christmas and taking part in the 5,540-mile challenge as we walk the distance from Durham to Tokyo with other schools in the county. Our curriculum embeds opportunities for children to regularly learn about a wide range of cultures and faiths.
To fully develop a strong ethos within school we have a carefully planned PHSCE curriculum which also embeds our core values of:
At Chilton Academy, we encourage all children to respect each other, adults in school, the community members and the environment within which we live. Our RRSA and PACT groups ensure Respectful behaviours are upheld and lead assemblies to deliver and lead on whole school projects which promote Respect.
We believe every pupil is an inspiration and have something they excel at and can lead others in developing. In Year 6, every pupil who wishes is a subject Ambassador. They work alongside subject leaders in school to promote their subjects and inspire others in their learning. We celebrate the successes of pupils weekly in our awards celebration and identify individual strengths through our More Able and talented register. Well-known Local, National and Global personalities are used to drive assemblies and provide inspiration for our pupils to follow.
Determination is a key value for our pupils. Our school ethos of “everyone C.A.N” if followed by all members of our school community where every child and adult ensures they do not give up and work hard to reach their goal – both inside and outside of school.
Being a good friend to others can never be a value which is underestimated. If children feel they have good friends and positive relationships with each other, together they can tackle any challenge. Our school values the importance of sharing and working together to solve friendship problems so positive relationships grow and develop. Our “Everyone Belongs” space in school encourages children to talk with each other and gives pupils a space where they can grow and develop friendships within their class or across a key stage.
Equality and Tolerance
These values go hand in hand. Children at Chilton Academy are expected to show equality and tolerance towards others no matter their beliefs or faiths. We encourage children to discuss their beliefs and ask questions of others to understand. By doing this, children can shape their own beliefs and become stronger in articulating these whilst accepting others.
At some point in a child’s life they will meet a challenge which will need courage. This may be a learning challenge or a personal one. Children may have to overcome a bereavement or family change, a medical challenge or learning to do something they find hard and even scary. We equip our children with the values to enable them to show courage to overcome the challenge they are faced. Linked closely with Determination, children can have personal strengths in order to tackle and meet these challenges head on.
In school we employ a school counsellor who works closely with families and children to support pupils who may be having a personal challenge. She gives children the strategies they need in order to work through it and show the courage they need to come out the other side.
Linked closely to Inspiration, we believe that every child can excel at everything. Celebrating the progress a child makes enables them to see how they can reach their potential and achieve excellence at their own level. We do also celebrate sporting excellence – those pupils who represent the school or local sporting clubs at a high level. Increasingly school is achieving sporting success with pupils regularly attending sporting events and gaining team and personal success. We also celebrate academic success – those pupils who achieve Greater Depth in their assessed areas. We pride ourselves in supporting all children in reaching their potential, including the Most Able and ensure these pupils are given opportunities to excel and achieve by attending Maths and Science challenges at local secondary schools. To help promote Boys writing we have developed a link with a secondary school, also a founder member of the Eden Learning Trust. More Able and Talented Writers in Year 11 are supporting the development of boys writing in upper KS2. Pupils worked together to write a short story.
The values we have at Chilton Academy help our pupils to become positive citizens and role models both in and out of school and we are proud of each and every one of their achievements.
For further information please view or download our Promoting Global Learning and British Values and our Assembly Themes and Rota documents below.
- Promoting Global Learning and British Values
- Assembly Rota – Autumn 2019
- Assembly Rota – Spring 2019
- Assembly Rota – Summer Term 1 2019
- Assembly Rota – Summer 2 2019
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