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Values at Middleton

Middleton Primary School is a Values Based School.  It is our values that shape how we behave, what we say and how we build relationships.  At Middleton School we are committed to building a caring and supportive community in which every child can flourish.  

 

At Middleton we believe that schools have a moral purpose and that we should encourage our pupils to become responsible citizens who contribute positively to society. The philosophy and ethos of Middleton School is based on a positive work ethic, tolerance, respect and kindness. We promote these values through everything that we say and do.

 

Like riding a bike, values are learned through a combination of practice and instruction. Students learn what values are, how to recognise them, and how people react to them, equipping them with invaluable social skills and emotional intelligence.

 

How are we teaching the values?

Children learn about values primarily through everyday interaction with everyone in the school community.  It is through modelling positive behaviour and values that we can all understand our expectations of each other and how we all want to be treated.  To support this we have a structured approach to assemblies, circles and specific lessons that teach the values and encourage children to deepen their understanding of what the values mean to them.  Our values curriculum is built upon Values Based Education and Restorative practices.  You can find out more about these at:

http://www.valuesbasededucation.com/index.html

http://www.restorativefoundation.org.uk/

 

Which values are important to Middleton Primary School and their community?

We have developed a set of specific values that we will teach the children in the coming months.  There will be a new value introduced each month during assembly time and the children will engage in a specific value lesson during the month.  The values selected were decided upon in collaboration with the staff and pupils of the school.  

 

Here are some of the values that we considered:

 

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The following values and, therefore, assembly themes for this academic year are as follows:

 

Values for 2016-17

September

Honesty

October

Equality

November

Courage

December

Self-belief

January

Respect

February

Trust

March

Ambition

April

Determination

May

Tollerance

June

Happiness

July

Positivity

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Promoting British Values

 

At Middleton we believe that schools have a moral purpose and that we should encourage our pupils to become responsible citizens who contribute positively to society. The philosophy and ethos of Middleton School is based on a positive work ethic, tolerance, respect and kindness. We promote these values through everything that we say and do.

The Government defines British values as:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

These values fit within the school’s values and are promoted and supported throughout the curriculum and through our attitudes and relationships.

 

Some of the ways that we promote are values include:

  • School council. Pupils elect the members who then represent their class at meetings
  • Curriculum. RE lessons provide opportunities to learn about many different faiths and beliefs. PHSE lessons focus on rights, responsibilities and making good choices
  • Assemblies cover stories from many faiths and cultures
  • Discussions and mock elections are held to coincide with local and national elections
  • The equal opportunities statement ensure that no group id discriminated against
  • Multi-cultural themed weeks are held
  • Circle times and restorative conversations are used to bring issues out into the open and strengthen relationships

 

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