In September 2015, our school community of parents, teachers and children worked with the international education consultant, Dr Tim Small, to establish a ‘Values Based Education’ at Iver Village Infant School.
‘Values Education’ is not a subject to be incorporated into the curriculum, rather it is an educational philosophy; an approach that underpins the way we organise ourselves by promoting positive human values, good relationships and high-quality teaching and learning. All stakeholders were involved in the process of deciding which values we would choose and how we would embed these into our school.
As a ‘Values’ based school we seek to promote an educational philosophy based on valuing self, others and the environment through the consideration of core ethical principles that guide behaviour. This approach helps pupils develop a secure sense of self, respect for others and supports the raising of educational standards.
We work closely with parents. Parents are informed of the new ‘Value of the half term’ through the school newsletter and the school website. Whole school assemblies are used to launch the new ‘Value’ and Values posters are displayed in each classroom and around the school building. We also have a large ‘Value of the half’ display board in the entrance which is often referred to during assemblies. Teachers will discuss the new Value during PSHCE lessons; however the main emphasis is on embedding the values in everyday teaching and learning which is then reinforced at home.
We feel that becoming a ‘Values Based School’ will be a great success, where there will be a considerable impact on improving pupils behaviour, attitudes and understanding which will be noted by Parents, teachers and others outside the school.
We have 6 Values which change half termly.