Our School Values
At Meopham Community Academy, our School Values are integral to all that we do. Our curriculum supports the teaching of the values, the values form the foundation of our approach to behaviour as well as supporting the personal, social and spiritual development of every pupil throughout the school. At Meopham Community Academy, every individual is valued for who they are and what they contribute to the school.
What is a Value?
A value is a principal that guides our thinking and our behaviour.
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
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 staff recognising when children demonstrate one of the values and awarding values stickers and stamps.
- 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.