Aims of Swallow Dell Primary and Nursery School
- Swallow Dell Primary and Nursery School aims to create enthusiastic, independent and active learners across a broad based curriculum.
- We aim to provide each child with the confidence and skills to achieve the highest possible standards regardless of their gender, race, religion, or background.
- We aim to provide a structured, stimulating and challenging learning environment where talents can flourish and children feel supported in their efforts.
- We strive to develop in all children a positive self-image, excellent communication and social skills, self control and strategies for managing their emotions.
- We want our pupils to become responsible members of society, showing consideration, tolerance, respect for others, good manners and spiritual awareness.
- We aim to foster a lifelong enjoyment in sport and an awareness of healthy lifestyles.
- We aim to develop children with rounded, balanced personalities who enjoy life and make the most of opportunities.
Promoting British Values at Swallow Dell Primary and Nursery 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, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year (2014). At Swallow Dell these values are reinforced regularly in the following ways:
Democratic values underpin the school’s ethos. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, Eco Council and via the listening culture where all adults listen to children and value their views. The election of school councillors are based solely on the votes of the pupils. Pupil’s views are sought on a range of issues in order to affect change e.g. school lunches, parking outside of school, charity work, Golden Time Activities, rewards and sanctions or the purchase of new equipment. Our school behaviour policy involves rewards and sanctions and is shared amongst all members of the school community.
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 the school day, 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. The ethos of the school is reflected in the school behaviour policy which is regularly reviewed by the school community. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Health Service, Fire Service and Religious Leaders are a regular part of our calendar of events and help to reinforce this message.
At Swallow Dell, 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 all pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and an empowering approach through the education. Pupils are encouraged to know and understand their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHCE lessons. Pupils are empowered further though the teaching of the Penn Resilience program and through taking part in pupil forums such as School Council or an individual steering group. Whether it is through the choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Our school ethos and behaviour policy revolves around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of our discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Our school rules and aims promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our learning and classroom rules as well as our behaviour policy. The school takes part in National and Local events such as Anti-Bullying Week, during which the children are taught to value differences in others and themselves and to respect others. Within the Local Sporting Partnership and through National sporting events, the children experience competition and have an opportunity to apply their sportsmanship skills with other schools and clubs.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs.
At Swallow Dell we are a culturally rich and diverse school where children have unique opportunities to learn from each other from sharing and celebrating their different faiths and cultures. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and different forms of bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHCE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.