Our vision and values
Our vision and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.
At Whitegate End we believe that the folowing characteristics and values support the development of a well rounded child ready to learn and contribute towards their community.
Whitegate End Characteristics and Values
To be trustworthy, to care, respect and treat others fairly, to take responsibility for our actions and become a good citizen.
Always tell the truth • Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal to your family, friends and school.
Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly • Treat all people fairly.
Treat others with respect; • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, kind and friendly language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements •Listen to everyones point of view • try not to make assumptions about people or situations.
Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Say thank you • Forgive others • Help people in need • Be charitable • Treat others as you wish to be treated • Be empathetic-to understand how others are feeling.
• To take responsibility for your own learning • Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Be hard working • Persevere • Do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes • Set a good example for others.
• Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in the community • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbour • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer.
Promoting Fundamental British Values
In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key Values are:
Promoting British Values at Whitegate End Primary School
Whitegate End is part of the Oldham Schools Linking Project.
This helps :
Other examples of British Values in action within our school are developed by:
Democracy – strong school council, our children know that their voice is valued and listened to by adults in school.
Individual liberty- pupil’s awareness of their choice and freedoms in school and in their own life now and in the future.
Rule of law- make links to importance of school rules and values and that the law applies to everyone
Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs (and those without faith) identify , continue and build on existing good practice in assemblies, RE topics ,other links to curriculum topics, PSHE time, relationships and lunchtime clubs.
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, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. At Whitegate End, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is active within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires. The elections of School Councillors and House Captains are based upon pupil and teacher votes. Our school behaviour policy involves rewards which the eligible pupils choose to suit him, or her, personally.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police; Fire Service; Road Safety teams etc. are parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our Cyber-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether through choice of challenge, of how they record; undertake Homework (KS2), of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around our continued focus upon Characteristics - such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Displays around the school promote Characteristic foci and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
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 bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.