Naphill and Walters Ash School

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Our values

Reasoning

It’s important to consider each other’s points of views and accept differences of opinion. We help to give our children the ability to think through problems and challenges for themselves, and be able to explain their thoughts and actions.
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It’s important to consider each other’s points of views and accept differences of opinion. We help to give our children the ability to think through problems and challenges for themselves, and be able to explain their thoughts and actions.

Responsible

We encourage our children to be responsible, particularly for their actions, learning, belongings and environment.
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We encourage our children to be responsible, particularly for their actions, learning, belongings and environment.

British Values at Naphill & Walter’s Ash School

At our school we promote British Values to give our children strategies to challenge extremist views and develop skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in, and contribute positively to, life in modern multi-cultural Britain.  We do this in the following ways.

The Five Rs

We expect everyone in our school to be;

Responsible
We encourage our children to be responsible, particularly for their actions, learning, belongings and environment.

Reasoning
It’s important to consider each other’s points of views and accept differences of opinion. We help to give our children the ability to think through problems and challenges for themselves, and be able to explain their thoughts and actions.

Resilient
We want our children to understand that they cannot always be first or be the best. Sometimes life might feel a little unfair, but they know that if they keep going, work hard and do their best, they will be successful.

Reflective
We teach our children to look back at their work and actions, and think about how they could achieve a different, and if applicable, a better outcome.

Resourceful
Can our children solve problems for themselves? If they find their work a challenge or are stuck, do they know how to attempt to solve the problem before asking for help? Making sure that they are prepared for school, by having their reading books and PE kits ready.

These values and attributes give our children invaluable core life skills to build on through their academic careers and beyond into adult life and the workplace.

British Values

Schools are expected to teach and promote British values as set out by the Department for Education. These values are;

Democracy

  • Our school council is elected by the other pupils.  They are the pupil voice of the school and meet to discuss various aspects of school life and suggest improvements. 
  • The biannual parent surveys give parents/carers a chance to give us their views on the school.  We listen to these views and make changes accordingly
  • The school regularly carries out pupil surveys; some are conducted by the staff and others the Junior Leadership Team carry out on issues such as bullying and safeguarding.
  • Auditions for the annual talent contest are held and each class votes for the class winner.
  • Our staff have significant and invaluable input into the management of the school.
  • Our governing body is constituted on democratic principles, is representative of its stakeholders and operates on a principle of collective responsibility

Rule of Law

  • Our children understand why laws and rules are necessary and demonstrate this by adhering to the school rules and behaviour codes.
  • In order to take part in Forest School the children have to learn 10 key rules, all of which are aimed at keeping them safe. This helps the children understand from an early age this important aspect of having rules.
  • The children are asked to give their views on the codes and then the School Councillors feed that information back to the teachers.  For example they felt it was unfair that children should be penalised for just one blue behaviour code as it was often a one off incident. They felt forgiveness should be demonstrated in this case.
  • Our children are taught the value and reason behind laws, who is involved in enforcing them and what happens if the laws are broken.  When a child is given a code there is a discussion as to why it was given, what the consequences of their behaviour have been or could have been and when appropriate what the consequences as an adult would have been.

Individual Liberty

  • Our children are encouraged to make their own choices and understand the consequences of those choices.
  • They are, within the overall safe environment of our school, enabled to make decisions about the way they learn and the way they treat others.  This is consolidated using assemblies, SMSC learning and through group work with our Behaviour Support Assistant.
  • We use topical news items for discussion and reflection in class and in assembly e.g. fake news, International Women’s Day and esafety.

Mutual Respect

  • Our school values are based on mutual respect and this is a regular topic in assemblies and is reinforced by everyone involved with the school.
  • Our zero tolerance for bullying, together with our behaviour code system, ensures that our children understand why any form of bullying is wrong and we have little or no bullying in school.
  • The school quickly and openly tackles any use of derogatory language, we do not accept this in any form.
  • Our Behaviour Support Assistant and all staff work with children to resolve disputes in a tolerant and diplomatic way.
  • Our children engage with their local community by sending a monthly article about the school to the local community magazine.
  • The children often come up with events that the whole school raise money for, the children lead the assemblies and promote the event e.g. Children in Need and Water Aid.

Tolerance of Individual Faiths and Beliefs

  • Our children understand that they all have a place and a role to play in the future of this country and the world.
  • We openly discuss and encourage the children of different faiths and no faith to participate in our RE lessons. In assemblies links are made between religions, world events and school life so that our children can see views are shared.
  • They are taught to challenge stereotypes and language that could be construed as prejudiced.
  • We take part in local sporting and musical events where the children participate with other children from the local area.