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 we have a responsibility to 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. The respect that our staff gives to our pupils sets 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’:
The rule of law
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
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/behaviour is explored, recognised and celebrated through our school assemblies and SEAL work. 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.
School Council, Studying the concept of freedom as seen through recent work on Remembrance and World War 1, Setting of class rules, Class and whole school reward systems, Study of British parliament and elections, Playground Roles and Responsibilities, Peer Mediation, Family SEAL, Debating used within lessons to share viewpoints promote respect and tolerance, Fundraising for charities, Concepts of fair play and participation explored through sport, Anti-bullying focus week, Visits from agencies/community such as the Police; Fire Service, Study of different faiths through RE and school assemblies, PSHE and E-safety: personal rights, freedom and keeping safe.