Ethos and Values
High Quality Teaching and Learning for all…
At Blaydon West Primary School we strive to provide high quality teaching and learning for all within a supportive, stimulating and happy environment, enabling everyone to achieve their full potential, both academically and personally.
We aim to promote the intellectual, physical, personal, social, emotional, spiritual, moral and cultural development of all pupils and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
In partnership with parents and carers we aim to help and encourage our pupils to:
- Develop lively, enquiring minds, with the ability to question and debate rationally.
- Develop the essential learning skills of literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology.
- Acquire, develop and apply a broad range of knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to subsequent stages in their education, adult life and work.
- Have ambitions and aspirations informed by their understanding of the wider world.
- Think creatively and critically, solve problems and develop enterprise.
- Make informed choices for a safe, healthy and active lifestyle.
- Develop positive self-esteem, confidence and emotional well-being.
- Develop integrity and autonomy to become responsible and caring citizens.
- Value and respect the environment in which they live.
- Be respectful of religious and moral values and tolerant of races and religions.
Promoting British Values
There is an 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.
This is something of significance within all schools. At Blaydon West we believe we have long instilled many positive personal values in our pupils which are integral to living in Britain. Our nurturing school gives children the opportunity to develop into caring, responsible and respectful adults who can make a positive contribution to our society, country and to the world at large.
- The Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
- We teach pupils how they can influence decision making through the democratic process by giving them opportunities to vote on key decisions that affect them. Pupils select School Council representatives and Shadow Deputy Head , for example, through a democratic vote. Likewise, they voted for the Eco Council.
- Pupil voice allows ideas to be considered frequently by School Council members and acted on where possible, for example they recently organised two fund raising events.
- We model how a perceived injustice can be challenged peacefully through adult interactions with pupils, use of our behaviour policy and through discussions of pertinent scenarios in class and assemblies.
- Children are given the opportunity to feedback to school leaders through annual pupil questionnaires.
The Rule of Law
- We firmly establish how pupils can distinguish between right and wrong, both through everyday interactions with pupils as well as in sharing stories, fables and other literary materials used in assemblies, PSHE and literacy.
- We help children to respect the law and the basis on which it is made by showing how rules help communities to operate safely and fairly as well as protecting the most vulnerable in our society.
- Children use our school code of conduct – Golden Rules
- Children adhere to many key school policies, respecting their purpose in ensuring they remain safe and happy in school (e.g. behaviour policy, uniform policy, attendance policy).
- We implement a strong anti-bullying message and hold a themed anti-bullying week every November.
- Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms safely – for example, through our E-Safety lessons in computing and in PSHE lessons.
- We challenge stereotypes through our assembly themes
- We aim to provide children with the freedom to make choices at school – whether in class or whether they participate in our extra-curricular provision.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
- Our RE curriculum provides many opportunities for children to learn about and develop an appreciation of the beliefs of those of different faiths around the world. Learning is often supplemented by visitors to our school who follow these faiths and through our assembly themes which are linked to the key festivals of different faiths.
- We pride ourselves on modelling positive relationships for children and with children & adults..
- Our children are inherently tolerant and respectful of each other and adults in our school. They are polite and have outstanding behaviour – often commented on when the go on educational visits.
- Our children are able to solve minor disputes and they give support to each other where needed.
- We always challenge any prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour through discussion and use of assemblies