OUR ETHOS AND VALUES
Promoting British Values
The DfE have recently reinforced the need “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 with different faiths and beliefs.” The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister. At Queen’s Drive Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and are outlined in the Promoting British Values at Queen’s Drive Primary School document. Our school philosophy is the framework for general and more specific whole school aims, and is the foundation from which all aspects of our school community develop.
• To create high standards of learning for all children, providing access to all areas of the National Curriculum.
• To create a lively and stimulating learning environment, which is exciting today and a preparation for the future.
• To create a caring, secure environment so that all at Queen’s Drive Primary School might enjoy high self-esteem.
• To develop responsibility towards the environment.
• To create a lasting partnership with parents.
• To develop an assured place for the school within the community.
• To create surroundings where each individual feels confident and at ease with what they do and about the school.
• To be able to respond positively to the opportunities and challenges of the rapidly changing world.
• To develop a commitment to the virtues of truth, justice, honesty, trust and a sense of duty.
Queen’s Drive Primary School has two main aims in the school curriculum.
• To provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and to achieve.
• To promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and to prepare all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
These are based on an approach that stresses continuity, balance, recognition of the individual and the importance of skills, concepts, attitudes and values.
Aim 1 – To provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and to achieve
The school aims to:
• develop enjoyment and commitment to learning
• build on pupils’ strengths, interests and experiences
• develop their confidence in their capability to learn, work independently and collaboratively
• equip them with the essential learning skills of Literacy, Numeracy and Computing.
• promote enquiring minds and a capacity to think rationally
• contribute to the child’s sense of identity through knowledge and understanding of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural heritages of Britain’s diverse society, and of the local, national, European and global dimensions of their lives
• encourage pupils to appreciate human aspirations and achievements in aesthetic, scientific, technological and social fields
• provide a rich and varied working environment to enable pupils to acquire, develop and apply a broad range of knowledge, understanding and skills
• enable children to think creatively and critically and to solve problems
• develop their physical skills, encouraging them to acknowledge the importance of a healthy lifestyle and of keeping themselves and others safe.
Aim 2: To promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
The school curriculum aims to:
• promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, in particular distinguishing between right and wrong
• develop their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of their own and different beliefs and cultures • develop pupils’ integrity
• help them to be responsible, caring citizens and to make a difference for the better.
• promote equal opportunities
• develop an awareness and understanding of the environment
• guide them to an understanding of their rights and responsibilities
• promote pupils’ self-esteem and emotional well-being
• help pupils form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships based on respect for others and themselves
• enable pupils to respond to opportunities, challenges and responsibilities, to manage risk and cope with change and adversity
• prepare children for the next stages of their education
• develop children’s imagination and creativity by offering a wide range of experiences
• teach an appreciation of all aspects of the arts; the ability to express feelings through the creative arts and the skills to use music, drama and the arts as a means of expression.
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