In February 2014 St John’s was awarded the International Values Education Trust’s (IVET) Quality Mark in Values-based Education (VbE). http://www.valuesbasededucation.com
As a school we look to our values to underpin everything we do – they help to provide our children (and staff) with a ‘moral compass’. The Values Education Programme consists of two sets of 11 values to be introduced and developed over a two-year rolling programme.
Each month a new value is introduced, shared with parents, staff and children, developed and promoted by all in every aspect of school life
Assembly/worship themes are based on the monthly value word (including the exploration of religious festivals and different religions) ‘Thinking Time’ and ‘Silent Reflection’ will be used in addition to prayer in encouraging children to reflect upon the values during assemblies and in classrooms.
Circle time and PHSE lessons will be used as formal opportunities to discuss and promote our values within each classroom with informal opportunities being utilised whenever possible, e.g. playtime. In addition, each month a lesson will be planned and delivered focusing solely on that month’s value, from which quality children’s work, often for display, will be expected.
Values are displayed in the school entrance, the school hall and within each classroom with ways in which the value might be demonstrated, as discussed with pupils.
The Values Education Programme underpins the school’s Collective Worship policy and is also closely linked to PSHE and RE to further promote our values.
Our values words for the first year are: Friendship, Humility, Independence, Humour, Perseverance, Enthusiasm, Respect, Generosity, Kindness, Forgiveness, Responsibility
For the second year in the cycle they are: Courage, Wisdom, Peace, Confidence, Quality, Appreciation, Honesty, Fairness, Love, Empathy and Faith
As well as our values, we also teach about British values. See below for links to our British Values statement and values policy.