Our School ValuesA ‘value’ is a principle that guides our thinking and our behaviour.
At Dulverton, every individual is valued for who they are and what they contribute to the school. Values are intended to support the personal, social, emotional and spiritual development of every pupil throughout the school. They are important within our school community and throughout life. They encourage our children to be emotionally intelligent, articulate learners.
CareThrough the values we aim to:
- Improve behaviour, conduct and self confidence by developing strong values within the pupils at the school.
- Develop childrens' understanding of what values are and why they are important in life.
- Encourage children to ‘live the values’ in all aspects of their lives both in school and out.
- Promote values to children in every aspect of school life.
- Promote values in the way in which adults interact with children and each other.
- Display our school values and encourage all visitors to take account of them in their time in the school.
- Enable children to focus upon the positive aspects of themselves that they can value, thereby reminding them of their individual worth, their worth in the school and wider community.
- To raise standards by promoting a school ethos that is underpinned by core values which support the development of the whole child as a reflective learner within a calm, caring, happy and purposeful atmosphere.
IntegrityThe fundamentals of integrity are: responsibility, respect, fairness, trustworthiness and honesty. A child can demonstrate integrity when they uphold honesty and differentiate between what is right and wrong. Integrity means following moral convictions and ‘doing the right thing’ in all circumstances, even when no one is watching. A person with integrity is truthful, honest, caring and genuine, dependable and worthy of trust and respect.
"Honesty is the best policy." Betsy - Pine class
"In the playground, I often see people being honest, owning their mistakes and saying sorry." Imini - May class
KindnessKindness is defined as the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Kindness means treating everyone the best that they can. It can be shown through empathy, acceptance or thoughtful words or gestures. It may be about doing something for someone without expecting anything in return.
"We celebrate kindness in our weekly Achievement Assemblies through Values Ambassadors & Star Of The Week." Betsy - Pine class
"We see kindness in our school by children saying please and thank you and by saying good morning."
Imini - May class
"When people are sad, you can cheer them up." Estella - Birch class
"When people fall over, we help them up." Ffion - Elm class
DifferenceDifference enables us to celebrate all children and staff so that anyone with differences that are less common, such as a disability or disfigurement, don’t feel especially different. It creates opportunities to explore ideas and discuss feelings about difference and diversity. Difference ensures that all children have a strong sense of the things that make them who they are.
"We have Odd Socks Day & we do activities around Anti-Bullying week." Betsy - Pine class
"We have a range of books in our classrooms that celebrate diversity and equality." Joshua - Pear class
"We have RE lessons, PSHE, RRSA assemblies, and history to help us to learn and respect differences."
William - Holly class
"We learn that it is good to be ourselves and each of us are different, unique and special." Ella - Elder class
FriendshipThis value is explored constantly in all areas of school life. Children are at their happiest and most confident when amongst friends. Unhappy times at school are usually as a result of children having minor ‘fall outs’ or disagreements with each other. Staff are sensitive in dealing with these issues and children are very clear about what makes a good friend.
"We look out for each other and make sure we are not alone. Friendship is a bond with other children."
Finn - Maple class
"We are taught to be friendly to everyone." Martha - Hazel class
"We play together nicely." Joshua - Beech class
"We use kind words to each other." William - Holly class
RespectThis value is at the core of everything we do in school. It underpins children’s learning through behaviour and attitude to the people and the world around them. We want our whole school community to respect each other. The best way to teach respect is to show respect. When a child experiences respect, they know what it feels like and begin to understand how important it is.
"We listen to each other & we don’t talk over each other." William - Holly class
"We are respectful when we have visitors in the school." Imini - May class
"Be kind to each other." AJ - Cherry class
"We remember the Golden Rules." Frankie - Cedar class
Caring means to treat people with kindness and treat things appropriately. We need to take care of ourselves, each other, our school and our world. A safe and caring school environment is one in which children feel positively connected to others, respected, that their work is meaningful, and that they are good at what they do.
"If someone is hurt, we check that they are ok." Frankie - Cedar class
"If someone is struggling with their work, we can help them." Martha - Hazel class
"We care for school property." Estella - Birch class
"We raise money to show that we care." Joshua - Beech class