What is a Values-based School?
At Meopham Community Academy, we are now in our third year of our journey to becoming a ‘Values-Based School’.
At Meopham Community Academy, every individual is valued for who they are and what they contribute to the school. Values are intended to support the personal, social and spiritual development of every pupil throughout the school.
A values-based school seeks to promote an educational philosophy based on valuing self and others, through the consideration of an ethical values vocabulary as the basis of good educational practice.
Values-based Education (VbE) is an approach to education for schools and other settings. At its heart, its principles are simple. Yet it has a profound impact on learners, schools and on the wider community. VbE has already transformed many schools by giving learners access to an ethical vocabulary based on human values, such as respect, justice, integrity, harmony, trust and honesty.
What is a Value?
A value is a principal that guides our thinking and our behaviour.
Aims of a VbE
As a school community we believe that the ethos of the school should be built on a foundation of values. We believe that a Values-Based Education has a crucial role in education, because it plays a part in raising achievement and it encourages pupils to be emotionally intelligent, articulate learners. Values supports quality teaching and learning, whilst making a positive contribution to the development of a fair, just and civil society.
Through adopting and promoting a Values-Based Education we aim to:
Develop pupils understanding of what values are and why they are important in life.
Encourage children to ‘live the values’ in all aspects of their lives both in school and out.
Improve behaviour, conduct and self-confidence by developing strong values within the pupils at the school.
Promote values to pupils in every aspect of school life.
Promote values in the way in which adults interact with each other and with pupils.
Display our school values and encourage all visitors to take account of them in their time in the school.
Encourage parents to support the programme at home by promoting the ‘value of the term’ to parents via the school website and in the main school entrance.
Enable children to focus upon the positive aspects of themselves that they can value, thereby reminding them of their individual worth, their worth
To raise standards by promoting a school ethos that is underpinned by core values which support the development of the whole child as a reflective learner within a calm, caring, happy and purposeful atmosphere.
To link our school values with the British Values
The Impact of VbE
What are the Core Values at Our School?
Our school’s six core values, which will be introduced in annual cycles - one value per term.
They have been selected after consultation with staff and pupils as values which are important within the school community and which will be important throughout life beyond Meopham Community Academy.
At the start of each term within the school year, a new value will be introduced. The core values are:
Teaching and Learning About Values
The core values are at times addressed directly through lessons and assemblies but also permeate the whole curriculum. Either way, they are the basis for the social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual and moral development of the whole child. We encourage children to consider these values, and thereby to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable them to develop as reflective learners and grow to be stable, educated and civil adults.
Teaching and learning about our values takes place in the following ways:
By the Headteacher introducing the core value in an assembly at the beginning of each new term, to ensure that pupils become familiar with the language and ideas.
By teachers explaining the meaning of the value.
By pupils reflecting on the value and what it means to them and their own behaviour.
By pupils using the value to guide their own actions.
By staff modelling the value through their own behaviour.
By ensuring that values are taught implicitly through every aspect of the curriculum.
By involving all staff, governors and parents in the values programme through information on the website which explains how school and home can work together to promote positive values.
Each term, we will post our 'Value of the Term' together with the presentation shown to the children, at the beginning of the term, introducing the value.