Visions and Values
Longmeadow Primary School enthuses and inspires pupils to embrace and nurture a natural sense of wonder and excitement on their learning journey.
Our pupils are individuals ready to embrace new challenges and opportunities with confidence and self-belief to be and do the best they can.
Through creative learning, high educational standards and a broad range of interactive opportunities children grow in self-confidence and develop their passion for learning.
Children develop the morals and skills to flourish in an ever-changing world whilst enjoying the moment.
We support and teach children to have:
* Good morals, kindness and a positive attitude to life
* An inquisitive nature, to ask questions, to have a natural sense of wonder and a hunger for learning
* The ability to accept failure and success gracefully
* Self-worth and mutual respect
* High achievement
* Passion and ambition
* To embrace technology in a digital world
* Enjoyment of childhood
British Values Statement
The Department for Education (DfE) has a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of:
- The Rule of Law
- Individual liberty and mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and updated its guidance in 2015.
At Longmeadow Primary School we actively promote these fundamental British values which are taught through our broad and balanced curriculum which helps prepare our children for life in modern Britain. We actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including any extremist views.
Pupil voice is used as a tool for school improvement. Our School Council is democratically elected by their class, with two representatives from each class from Year 2 upwards.
Pupil interviews are carried out to help evaluate enjoyment and learning. For example: recent changes to the marking system and favourite learning is something we discuss with the pupils and value their opinions. Children are involved in determining their learning in many ways, for example 'Word of the Week' is chosen democratically, and children have the opportunity to contribute to topic webs to say what they want to learn at the beginning of each topic.
Parents are invited to attend Conversation Meetings with the Headteacher or Senior Leaders each half term, and are invited to complete a formal questionnaire at least annually. We encourage parents to use Parent View to record their views. We use comments to help improve our school, publicised through ‘you said…..we did’ items on our Newsletter.
The Rule of Law
The children understand The Behaviour Policy, and our Code of Conduct. They are taught what is acceptable and not acceptable behaviour in our school, as well as our systems of praise and sanctions. Expectations are reinforced regularly and opportunities are sought frequently to praise children for making positive choices. Time is always taken to discuss strategies when children have made the wrong choice. The dining room is used at morning break as a place for reflection when wrong choices have been made. In the early years children are asked to sit on a reflection chair within the setting. Children are aware that their parents will become involved if wrong choices are frequently made.
Through assemblies and PSHE, children develop an understanding of law relevant to their age. Older children understand the consequences of breaking the law. They understand that while different people may hold different views about what is right and wrong, all people living in the UK are subject to its law. Children know that the law, in the same way as school rules, help keep us safe, and they recognise when they feel safe and do not feel safe, and who will be trusted people to talk to.
We have contact with the local PCSOs and run sessions on internet safety.
Every child is aware that they have the right to feel safe. Our children are taught that there is nothing too awful that they cannot talk to an adult in school about.
Children are valued for their differences. Care is taken to provide equal opportunities for boys and girls in sport, through separate football teams, and other joint events such as tag rugby, mini Olympics.
Time and care is taken to know each child as an individual, and regular circle time or class discussion give children a chance to share their feelings and opinions in a safe way.
Opportunities for children to take on more responsibility within the school is encouraged. Year 6 monitors and playground leaders are examples of this.
A class Code of Conduct is drawn up at the beginning of each academic year to set clear expectations of respectful behaviour. If children show disrespect to one another this is dealt with through the school’s behaviour policy and parents are involved. Time is taken to discuss the behaviour that is disrespectful.
The school takes part in Anti-Bullying Week. Children are made aware of bullying and how to deal with it. They are taught to value differences in others and themselves and to respect others.
Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour, with support when needed, to resolve conflict and repair relationships. Every child must feel they are valued, and their strengths are valued.
Respect from adult to child is demonstrated by the way adults model behaviour to children.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The school follows the Hertfordshire RE Syllabus which ensures that the children learn about all religions of the world. Children are given opportunities to bring and share from their own culture, faith or belief as part of this. Assemblies contribute to the knowledge of special occasions or celebrations. We have links with local Christian organisations such as Bridgebuilders, who from time to time conduct assemblies for us.
We have multicultural resources in school to aid our RE / multicultural teaching such as ethnic dolls and faith books.
Racist behaviour or language is never tolerated. This is always recorded and dealt with, and parents are always informed.
Part of our vision at Longmeadow is to prepare the children to become valued members of society. Promoting British values enables children to develop a sense of community and begin to understand their responsibilities and role within it.