Values Based Education at William Austin Infant School.
We are proud to announce that on 5th July 2018 we were awarded the Quality Mark as a Values-based School.
“There is overwhelming evidence that this is a Values-based School. The staff are clear role models of values to the children. Values underpin the strategic thinking of the school and all the policies and practices that are in place.
The impact of VbE is as follows: The children enjoy being at school. They come into school smiling and take every opportunity to get involved in school life e.g. Pupil Parliament, lunchtime helpers.
The children know what is expected of them and how to make good choices in their behaviour and their learning. The children are learning to become thoughtful and caring individuals. They support each other and are respectful of the differences they may have in faith and religion. The school is a lovely place to learn. Staff are happy to come to work.
It is a happy school where staff are developed and actively support and care for each other, as well as the children”. VbE Quality Mark Report for William Austin Infant School, 2018.
‘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 each day in everything they do.
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, 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, staff, governors, parents and carers and are recognised as being important within the school and local community as well as 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 acquire a tool bank of skills which they can then use 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 promote the fundamental 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 for and respecting each other. These British Values are taught explicitly with ‘British Values weeks’ throughout the year as well as throughout the curriculum.