Values and Ethos
Working as one to achieve excellence through enjoyment
To achieve the best outcomes for all pupils, we, at Dunsville Primary School, believe the following to our key aims.
- To provide a welcoming and secure environment for all that celebrates success.
- To safeguard all children.
- To challenge all children to achieve their full potential.
- To promote British Values throughout school.
- To provide quality, inclusive education (meaning access to all areas of education, for all pupils, regardless of ability, race or gender) with regular communication and consultation with parents, governors, children and staff.
- To create lifelong learners who are positive role models for our ever changing society.
- To promote an effective home school partnership.
To provide a welcoming and secure environment for all that celebrates success.
- Celebrate the successes of all children encouraging them to enjoy and achieve both in and out of school at every opportunity e.g. sharing assembly, achievement assembly, opportunities to share achievements in class, certificates, achievement book;
- Make the school environment stimulating and challenge children to achieve their very best;
- Promote high standards of behaviour and expectations;
- Be approachable and responsive to children’s, parents’ and carers’ needs;
- Nurture a caring and supportive environment where we have a zero tolerance approach to bullying, discrimination and anti-social behaviour; and
- Actively involve the whole school community including children in promoting a welcoming environment and give them the opportunity to make choices about this.
To challenge all children to achieve their full potential.
- Provide a broad and balanced curriculum that encourages readiness to learn and ensures children achieve and exceed age related expectations;
- Provide stimulating and differentiated activities that are interesting, realistic and achievable (and fun where possible!) to ensure children attend and enjoy school;
- Incorporate target setting and monitor progress towards children achieving and exceeding the targets that are in line and above age related expectations;
- Work with parents and outside agencies to maximise achievement and support learning;
- Provide strong role models that ensure personal, social development; and
- Encourage staff development through effective use of performance management and staff professional training.
To provide quality, inclusive education (meaning access to all areas of education, for all pupils, regardless of ability, race or gender) with regular communication and consultation with parents, governors, children and staff.
- Work as a team involving pupils, parents, carers, families and all staff;
- Strive to provide equal opportunities and to promote gender awareness;
- Ensure that the education we provide is appropriate and accessible to all irrespective of gender, religion, ethnic group or individual abilities and needs;
- Have high standards of expectation shared by all members of the school community; and
- Promote personalised learning through the use of Assessment for Learning.
To promote an effective home school partnership.
- Help parents and carers to access outside support where needed ;
- Welcome the community to school events and initiatives;
- Provide information for parents to enable them to play an active part in their children’s education e.g. how to help your child at school meetings; and
- Involve parents at every stage of the transition process.
To safeguard all children.
- Protect children from maltreatment;
- Prevent the impairment of children's health or development;
- Ensure that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
- Take action to enable all children to have the best outcomes (Working Together to Safeguarding Children 2015, HM Government);
- Safeguard all children regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity;
- Promote effective working relationships with other agencies, especially the police and social care; and
- Provide a safe school with confident staff, confident parent/carers and confident pupils who know how to recognise and report safeguarding concerns.
To promote British Values throughout school.
- Form a School Council to ensure children have a voice within the management of the school;
- Share and celebrate successes and achievements and develop positive attitudes;
- Allow children to share experiences and emotions in a caring, supportive and familiar group e.g. Circle Time, show and tell, sharing assembly;
- Actively encourage regular visitors from the wider community to become involved in school e.g. to hear readers, to talk about and share experiences, to teach skills;
- Explore and celebrate different religions and faiths through assemblies, RE sessions and inviting visitors into school;
- Ensure that children understand laws of our country are how they protect us and are essential for our wellbeing and safety;
- Teach children the importance of keeping yourself safe by choosing not to share personal information (E-safety);
- Provide regular opportunities for children to take responsibility for their own learning; and
- Through a planned programme of PSHE teaching, give opportunities for children to develop self confidence and deal with life changing challenges.
To create lifelong learners who are positive role models for our ever changing society.
- Provide strong/positive role models within the whole school community, who have a shared vision;
- Utilise community role models inviting them into school to share their expertise;
- Take a holistic approach to achieve confidence and self-worth;
- Assist children to become independent learners through making informed choices in their personal and academic development;
- Promote equality and diversity of individual difference;
- Provide a stimulating learning environment influenced by current educational initiatives, research and reflective practice; and
- Equip children to cope with all advances in technology.