This months value is: Patience
Values Education is a philosophy which is based on valuing yourself, others and the environment through shared and agreed values. It encourages pupils to be reflective, effective learners and good citizens.
Values Education is a fast growing approach to learning and aims to promote a range of values chosen and agreed by the whole school. The pupils learn to understand what each value looks like, and are encouraged to demonstrate each value. This may be in the way the children behave, their attitudes towards each other and in their learning. Families are also encouraged to promote the value at home and can share their achievements with the school.
The values are promoted across the school and are taught through assemblies and SMSC lessons within the classroom. The values are taught at key points in the school year as some values have religious or cultural links. The Hope Church also delivers an assembly each month focused around the current value with a religious link.
Last year the Children, Parents, Staff and Governors selected 12 values to be promoted throughout Beecroft Academy:
These values will be promoted across the school again this year to ensure the children understand and reflect the values.
We encourage parents to discuss and promote these values at home too and we will regularly update this page with ideas of how to share the values with your child.
British Values at Beecroft
All schools are required to provide a broad and balanced curriculum; they should promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school. Throughout the development of SMSC British Values should be promoted and embedded to develop well rounded individuals.
In Beecroft Academy we promote all 5 key British Values which include:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At Beecroft Academy we encounter and promote these principles throughout everyday school life.
The curriculum is planned and organised across the school to ensure these 5 key British Values are embedded and covered in every year group. These values are covered in a range of lessons ranging from maths to topic, assemblies and values lessons. Here are some examples of how Beecroft endorse these values:
Pupil voice is at the heart of Beecroft Academy. We have already had two different elections including voting for the head boy and girl team and electing a school council representative from each class. These are both elected by pupils and teachers to ensure that everyone has a fair say. The school councillors and the head boy and girl team have a very important role and ensure Beecroft is a fantastic learning environment where everyone has a voice.
Not only do we believe that pupil voice is essential we also believe that including parents in the education of their children is vital. An example of this includes when we were voting for the new school values the parents got to have their say.
Pupil, parent and staff interviews and questionnaires are also conducted throughout the year.
We hope that through a range of different forms of democracy and the children’s active participation will sow the seed for a more sophisticated understanding of democracy in the future.
The Rule of Law:
We feel that it is crucial that all children understand that whether laws and rules are set by the class, the school, the neighbourhood or the country they are set for good reason and these must be adhered to.
The importance of rules is consistently reinforced throughout the school day, including in the class, at break time, lunch times and assemblies. All children are involved with the creation of the school rules ensuring that they understand the reasons for each rule and the consequences if the rules are broken.
Throughout the year we also welcome visits from members of the wider community including police, war veterans, the fire brigade and many more. We believe that clear explanations and real life stories emphasise the importance of the rule of law for our pupils.
All teachers work incredibly hard to foster a positive, safe and stimulating learning environment within their classes where choices and freedoms are encouraged.
In lessons children are encouraged to take ownership of their learning they are expected to move themselves on when they are finding work easy to ensure the level of challenge is appropriate. Children are also given freedom to choose their activity ensuring it is appropriate for their ability.
At Beecroft Academy we also offer a wide range of after school clubs including cooking, sports, arts and crafts, computer and library club. Children have the liberty to choose their club of preference dependant on their personal interests.
We place great emphasis on freedom of choice in our school life and we believe it will foster a value for individual liberty as the children embark upon their adult lives.
Mutual respect is at the core of everything we do at Beecroft Academy. Pupils are expected to treat each other and staff with great respect. This is evident when walking around Beecroft Academy and many of the children have fantastic relationships with members of staff.
Tolerance of those with different Faiths and Beliefs:
Beecroft Academy is a culturally rich and diverse school who respects and treats everyone equally irrespective of their race, religion, faiths, beliefs and backgrounds. Throughout our curriculum we cover a wide range of cultures and religions we believe this to be essential as with knowledge and understanding comes tolerance.