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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 and choices.  At Fielding, adults model values and give time for reflective practices. We believe that this empowers individuals to be effective learners and good citizens. The Values that we teach help pupils develop their character, to know that individual differences should be valued, to be resilient, reflective, to have empathy and respect for one another.

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.

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:

  • Respect
  • Resilience
  • Empathy
  • Reflection

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.

Values Baccalaureate

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 and for these Values to further become part of their character. 

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 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 the stages. 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.

Values Baccalaureate Assembly

Introducing our School Values Baccalaureate for pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6

Fundamental British Values

At Fielding, our values are a framework for living and learning. We equip our pupils with the necessary skills to be the best possible people they can be. Using the fundamental British values of: Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect and Tolerance; our pupils are prepared for life as citizens of the United Kingdom.

What is Values Based Education? Dr Neil Hawkes

Watch the video to hear Dr. Neil Hawkes, international consultant for values-based education, explaining the approach.

MindUp at Fielding

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. 

Find out more:

Mind Up

"Values and MindUp helps me to feel safer on the inside", Year 6 pupil

September 2019

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