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
Our Core Values
We have four core school values that guide children's choices, behaviour and learning. These values are 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 the core values
Children in the early years start by focusing on just the core values. As pupils move through key stage 1 and 2 we begin to teach linked values. widening the pupils understanding of each core 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 is cyclical, we return to each core value frequently to deepen understanding.
The value of sustainability also underpins our wider curriculum, this is weaved through our learning challenges in all age-groups.
At Fielding, pupils in key stage 2 work towards the Fielding Values Baccalaureate. To achieve this, pupils must demonstrate how they have used the school's four core values across the school, home and local community. This empowers pupils to apply their learning about values in a range of ways.
There are three levels of the Baccalaureate. Pupils start on the Bronze level and progress onto the Silver and then finally the Gold level. These levels give pupils mean opportunities to apply & sustain the values ethos and learning over a long period of time, in a range of situations. Pupils are required to complete task cards and provide evidence for each stage. They can choose how they collect and show this evidence. Success within each level is celebrated as part of our class reward assemblies. Pupils receive a patch to wear on their school jumper, recognising their achievement.
Changes in the event of school closure
The Values Baccalaureate will still take place. At the start of the pandemic we made changes to tasks with both content and the amount so they are safer for the pupils to carry out and in line with our safety procedures. Evidence for tasks can be submitted on Microsoft Teams.