‘Living the Values the William Austin Way…’
At William Austin Infant School every individual is valued for who they are and what they contribute to the school. Our Values Education Programme is intended to support the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of every pupil within the school, which we hope will then stay with them throughout their lives. We believe a Values Based Education nourishes, and enables learners to flourish, making a difference to the world through who and how they are.
The whole staff team and all pupils at William Austin Infant School are involved in promoting the values and recognising where others are ‘living the values’. We also value our parents and carers contributions and encourage the values we share in school to be talked about and practised at home and within the community. We enjoy inviting parents into our classrooms to share our values lessons with us each month, which not only empowers our children and encourages them to reflect on their values further, but also helps us as adults to model our own values towards each other and continue to develop respectful working relationships.
The values developed through the Values Based Education Programme within our school have been selected by pupils and staff, and are recognised as being important within the school community and throughout life. The values we teach help our pupils to work with one another co-operatively and with tolerance and respect. They learn the importance of friendship, understanding and trust and how to approach life with confidence and hope. These values, along with many more, make our school community happy and harmonious, where pupils, staff and parents feel safe and secure.
At William Austin Infant School we also aim, as reinforced by the DfE, “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faith and beliefs”. At William Austin Infant School, these British Values act as our ‘core’ within our Values Education Programme and underpin our school ethos and values towards learning and towards caring and respecting each other. These British Values are taught explicitly with ‘British Values weeks’ throughout the year as well as through our Religious Education lessons and SEAL learning.
How do we teach a Values Based Education?
The Values Education Programme consists of two sets of eleven ‘learning values’ over a two year rolling programme. Each month children across the school learn about a different value through an explicit values lesson which is then linked to a small task or activity which then generates a classroom display to support children’s understanding of the value.
Further understanding of the value in the context of the school and wider community is then developed through assemblies and through the role modelling of all staff within the school. Values are displayed in each classroom, our school hall and library area to reinforce the values we aim to follow and use. Posters suggesting ways in which the value might be demonstrated are also displayed throughout the school and are discussed with pupils.
We aim to keep our website updated on a regular basis to promote our values within the community and to keep parents informed. A newsletter is also sent out each month in relation to our values which highlight the values we are learning about and how they can be shown and developed further at home.
We ask parents to continue supporting us in promoting our values at home through the learning log activity which will be set each month according to the new value being taught. On each class window you will also find the value of the month displayed to ensure you know which value we are currently focusing on.
Through the Values Education Programme we aim to:
Values are promoted to the community through our website which highlights our values approach and has been highlighted in our most recent Ofsted inspection report.