Values based education
Values-based schools seek to promote an educational philosophy based on valuing self, others and the environment through the consideration of an ethical values vocabulary.
Values are principles that guide behaviour. At Fielding, adults are encouraged to model values and to give time for reflective practices. We believe that this empowers individuals to be effective learners and good citizens.
Our Values-based education philosophy underpins our work to actively promote fundamental British values of democracy, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those from all faiths, backgrounds and cultures. A rounded programme of assemblies and events promote children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, enabling them to develop their own moral and ethical compass to guide what is right and what is wrong.
To support and further develop our children’s Values education we now a set of four core values that be the basis and underpin the teaching of all other values. These four core values are respect, resilience, empathy and reflection.
Our MindUp curriculum teaches social and emotional learning skills that link cognitive neuroscience, positive psychology and mindful awareness training based on neuro-science. Pupils learn about the brain, their emotions and the benefits of reflective practices resulting in self-regulation of behaviour and the ability to mindfully engage in focused concentration required for academic success. Our MindUp and Values curriculums will be further linked to strengthen children’s understanding.
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"Values and MindUp helps me to feel safer on the inside", Year 6 pupil
We have four core school values that will guide children's choices, behaviour and learning. These values will be the basis of all our values teaching and will help children understand connected values.
Our core values are:
These Values have been chosen by carefully observing and discussing which of our previous values have worked well and which ones would develop children the most morally and educationally.
How we teach our Values
The approach to our values and which ones are covered will be differentiated by age. The focus is ensuring a basic understanding on the value, then widening the understanding of super values by connecting with similar values. The focus with every value is what the value looks like to us and how it looks in action. Teaching of values will be cyclical to ensure depending of the understanding of that super value. We will develop a deepened understanding on values by spending longer on them in Early Years and Key-stage 1 and then teaching connected values in Key-stage 2. This deepened understanding means children will understand how these values can be shown personally, socially, educationally and globally.
At Fielding, we have created the Fielding Values Baccalaureate where the children can use their Values in their wider school, home and local communities. This empowers the children to take their Values learning and apply it in a range of ways.
Last year, we launched our new tiered system which children can work through stage by stage in order to use their Values more widely and with a deeper understanding. There are three levels of the Baccalaureate, which the children can earn across Years 4-6. Children, who have previously earnt the Values Baccalaureate, have achieved the Bronze level and should now progress onto the Silver level and then finally the Gold level. These levels mean the children can apply their Values ethos and learning over longer periods of time and in a range of situations. Children need to complete the task cards and provide the evidence as explained on the task cards. Their success with that level will be celebrated as part of our reward assemblies and they will receive a patch to wear, recognising their achievement.