Our vision and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.
Ethos and Values
Our mission is:
“We will work together to create a safe and happy environment where everyone can develop the skills and self belief to succeed as motivated learners and citizens.”
We aim to:
• promote children’s happiness, security and confidence in the school setting
• provide a broad curriculum that supports each child’s personal, social, moral, emotional and academic development
• develop enquiring minds and a love of learning which will last a lifetime
• develop in our children the skills which will enable them to become active and responsible citizens, contributing to the local and wider community
• develop children’s life skills such as adaptability, communication, resilience and empathy with the diverse nature of society, to enable them to cope with life in secondary school and beyond
• provide opportunities, in school and during extended school hours to give children a wide range of experiences to develop varied talents and interests
• celebrate children’s achievements, promote high standards and encourage children to do their best
• work in partnership with parents and the local community in a spirit of openness
Modern British Values at Bovey Tracey Primary School
At Bovey Tracey Primary School we have a responsibility to positively prepare children for life in modern Britain. We are committed to ensuring that our pupils are introduced to fundamental British values through our ethos, curriculum and in all areas of work within our school. Our four Golden Rules - ‘Respect’, ‘Kind’, ‘Responsible’ and ‘Safe’ - set the tone of tolerance, openness and understanding, which pupils adopt themselves and pass on to others.
We value the diverse nature of Britain and the diverse backgrounds of all pupils, staff and families. These are celebrated through our lessons, assemblies and events so that pupils can embrace the differences in our community and beyond. Values of tolerance and respect permeate all areas of our school life and we strive to enable all pupils to feel safe and secure so that they can fulfill their potential, regardless of their background.
The government set out its definition of British values in the ‘Prevent Strategy’:
We are committed to ensuring that pupil voice plays an integral part in driving our school forward. Children are given opportunities to share in our democratic processes within school in order to illustrate those in Britain, both historically and within modern life.
Pupils are actively involved in setting school laws. The importance of laws within classes, the whole school, local community and country are reinforced daily through our curriculum. Good conduct/behavior and achievements are explored, recognised and celebrated through our whole school ‘Celebration Assemblies’ and our PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) work in class. We strive to ensure that pupils understand reasons behind boundaries, rules and laws, so that they choose freely to respect them and recognise their values and appreciate the consequences should rules and laws be broken.
Our children are given opportunities to explore differing values and beliefs, including religious beliefs, and how these impact on behaviour. We promote teaching styles that demonstrate that we value children’s questions, giving them space to evaluate their own ideas, accommodate difference and reflect upon the society we live in.
Our School Values ‘CHEERS’ (Compassion, High aspirations, Excellence and enjoyment, Equality and Self-belief) are promoted in class and in assembly, including a half-termly detailed focus on each value in assemblies.
Ø Our School values (CHEERS) and Golden Rules
Ø School Council ensures a pupil voice is heard and that children actively experience democracy.
Ø Setting of class rules as well as class and whole school reward systems
Ø Playground Roles and Responsibilities (Year 5 and 6 children lead in roles as Play Leaders, Peer Mediators, Lunchtime Helpers, Referees and Salad Bar Monitors
Ø Promoting peaceful problem-solving, including through Peer Mediation
Ø Strong links with families – including inviting parents into assemblies to celebrate achievements and termly ‘Phase Share’ events for parents.
Ø Debating used within lessons to share viewpoints promote respect and tolerance
Ø Regular fundraising for charities
Ø Year 6 children working towards the ‘Civic Award’ which aims to actively promote and encourage positive citizenship
Ø Concepts of fair play, healthy competition and participation explored through sport
Ø Annual anti-bullying focus week and anti-bullying work through PSHE/circle-time
Ø Strong community links including with our PCSO and visits from other agencies such as the Fire Service and local organisations.
Ø Links with local churches including through visiting speakers in assemblies, Year 6 children helping at a ‘Luncheon Club’ for elderly residents and running a community carol service at our local church.
Ø Study of different faiths through our RE curriculum and school assemblies
Ø PSHE, ICT and E-safety: focused work in each year group on personal rights, freedom and keeping safe online. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely.
Ø The pupils have a choice of Extra Curricular clubs, a choice in Golden Time activities.
Ø Within school, pupils are actively encouraged, and given the freedom to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. E.g. by signing up for extra-curricular clubs.
Ø Pupils are supported to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
Ø Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour and our pastoral support reinforces the importance of making the right choices.
Ø 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.
Ø We offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected and global dimension work embedded in many of our Creative Curriculum topics. These curriculum topics offer children the chance to reflect on our core values and British values.