Values and Ethos
Bandon Hill Vision Statement
At Bandon Hill Primary School we strive for all of our children to be inspired and equipped for their futures. Through our enquiry based curriculum, life skills passports and learning goals, we provide opportunities for the children at our school to be empowered and motivated to reach their full potential. We want our children to feel that their unique self is celebrated and we all support one another’s differences.
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Bandon Hill Values-INSPIRE
At Bandon Hill Primary School we take pride in our children's RESILIENCE, CREATIVITY, INDEPENDENCE and MOTIVATION. We refer to these as our 'Learning Goals' and instill these skills in our children across all areas of the curriculum and school life.
Children are rewarded with stickers throughout the week and certificates in Friday assemblies for achieving these 'Learning Goals'. Below are our logos for each 'Learning Goal'.
Life Skills Passports
Something that we feel is unique to our school is our 'Life Skills Passports'. Every child in our school has a Life Skill Passport that they take with them on their journey through the school year groups. In each year group, the children will learn a set of important life skills throughout the year. Our Life Skills Passports are an integral part of the Bandon Hill school curriculum alongside the national curriculum.
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At Bandon Hill Primary School we have a school Diversity Team. This team, along with all members of the school community, ensure that we are promoting and celebrating our school community's diversity to the best of our ability. This year we held an 'International Food Market' at the school where members of the school community made dishes from around the world for everyone to enjoy.
Teaching British Values at Bandon Hill Primary School
Promoting Fundamental British Values at Bandon Hill Primary School
The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous 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". The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
At Bandon Hill Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following way:
Democracy is evident throughout our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through the pupil questionnaires and School Council whose members are elected annually. Our school’s Behaviour Policy involves rewards which the pupils vote on as a class group, ie choices for golden time.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced, particularly during school and class assemblies, PSCHE and topic work. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws; that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and consequences when laws and rules are broken.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSCHE lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge, how they record work, selection of lunches or participation in our extensive extra-curricular clubs – pupils are given the freedom to make appropriate choices.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around core values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown.
Tolerance of and respect for those of all faiths, no faith, different cultures and lifestyles
This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based issues have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSCHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning.