Vision and Values
We have developed the Values for Cloudside with Governors, Staff, Parents, children and the school council and we are very proud of the final values we have arrived at through much discussion and debate. Our Values led education improves behaviour, relationships, learning environment, personal wellbeing and attitudes to learning and learning diligence which lead to improvements in academic attainment.
Living the Values at Cloudside supports our children with their sense of self-esteem and self-worth, it underpins good behaviours for learning and children are more willing to get involved with decision making. Our values support children in becoming more engaged with the school and they are able to learn better self-control through thinking more through their thoughts and experiences intelligently. Using our values builds strong relationships and allows the school staff and the children to consider how and why they value one another and ensures children are able to have a better understanding of themselves and the world around them. We strive to involve the community in our learning and care for those around us so that our school is a pleasant place to work and learn!
The Values we have chosen together are
Respect - Trustworthy, Teamwork, Empathy
Resilience - Determination, Perseverance, Endurance
Compassion - Care, Honesty, Kindness
Excellence - Aspiration, Quality, Knowledge
Courage - Strength, Self Belief, Bravery
Responsibility - Organisation, Punctuality, Independence
Community - Cooperation, Tolerance, Equality
Reflection - Thoughtfulness, Self-Improvement, Clarity
The government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and considered them to be democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. At Cloudside we feel these values sit well with our own key values and are consistently reinforced and respected within our school community. The examples that follow are an indication of some of the many ways we seek to embed British Values at Cloudside JuniorSchool and are an indication of our approach rather than an exhaustive list. Our assembly programme, Golden Rules and wider curricular teaching are key ways in which we develop our key values, including British values with our children.
At Cloudside Junior School the principle of democracy is consistently reinforced. Elections for School Councillors and the high profile nature of their work as well as work throughout the curriculum and in assemblies ensure that our children have a good understanding of the democratic process, both in school and on a local and national level. The rule of law The importance of “laws,” whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. Our ‘Golden Rules’ are high profile throughout school and are discussed at length in all classes. Our children recognise the importance of right and wrong and those consequences apply when rules are broken.
Within Cloudside Junior our children are actively encouraged to make independent choices knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. As a school we provide clear boundaries for children to make choices safely. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights, responsibilities and personal freedoms and receive advice about how to exercise these safely, for example through our exploration of E-Safety. Children have an active role in steering the curriculum through generating questions to guide their learning.
Respect is at the core of our school ethos and is modelled by children and staff alike. The school promotes respect for others and this is reinforced through our classroom and learning environments as well as our sequence of assemblies. In line with our commitment to democracy, children at Cloudside are always able to voice their opinions and we foster an environment where they are safe to disagree with each other.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Children are taught to understand their place in our culturally diverse society through our curriculum and SMSC provision. Our high quality RE curriculum introduces a range of religions and beliefs and enables our children to discuss and recognise different beliefs and faiths. Links with other schools both within Derbyshire and further afield ensure our children have an understanding of the range of different cultures outside of our immediate community. Our MFL curriculum further broadens the cultural understanding of our children.
If you have any questions regarding our SMSC provision or promotion of British Values, please do not hesitate to contact us.