The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British Values of Democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”
Each Year children in year 5 apply to become school council members. If elected they represent one of the fourteen classes within the school. They must meet regularly with their class and canvas their views as well as reporting back on decisions taken at school council meetings.
Meetings take place fortnightly on a Friday with the Head teacher and Assistant Head teacher. Minutes can be found in the School Reception area along with a photo board of school council members.
Over the last year the school council have raised over £2000. This money has been used to purchase extensive playground equipment. The school council has a chair, vice chair, treasurer and four sub committees:
- Anti bullying
- Development of the pond area
The council have held meetings with the local MP and have worked closely with BT on developing the new computing curriculum. In July at the end of their term school council members are taken on a trip to the Houses of Parliament
Pupil perception meetings are built into the termly planner.
The importance of laws, whether those that govern the class, school or the country are highlighted at Clifford Road Primary School. Rules are consistent and on display throughout the school. These rules are centred on behaviour and expectation as well as safety, including e safety. Pupils are taught the value and reason behind rules through assertive mentoring and the 5 Rs and PSHED lessons. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
At Clifford Road Primary pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment. Fortnightly assemblies centre on children using the powers of Resilience, Resourcefulness, Responsibility, Reflectiveness and Reciprocity and being rewarded for these. Assertive mentoring meetings, which are held termly on a one to one basis with the pupil’s mentor, allow pupils to aim for individual targets. We encourage the development of “growth mind sets” as opposed to fixed ones.
“Maths Eyes” assemblies take place weekly (all pupils will go to one fortnightly). These assemblies give pupils the opportunity to view maths in a different context. It allows them to look deeper and more spiritually into the world around them. The photographs used in these assemblies and the following discussions allow maths to be take outside the classroom and into the world around them. Children are used to a culture of no limits set on learning.
The school Ethos and Behaviour policy revolves around core values such as “respect” and “tolerance”. Good behaviour is “spotted” and celebrated in Friday Assembly. If a child has been spotted they are given a special ticket to allow them to wear non-uniform for the day and sit alongside their teacher on a chair during assembly. All pupils in the school can see how good behaviour stands out.
Clifford Road Primary is a diverse school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHED lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.