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Our Academy Values - The 6C's

Values are the glue that gels us together and at Oxley Park this is certainly the case.  Our values run through everything we do, the way we behave and the way in which we treat each other.  You will see our values just by   taking a stroll through either site and adults and children are able to verbalise these as well as show them in their every day.

Each ‘C’ has an identity and colour as you can see above.  These are proudly displayed around both our academy halls and in every learning space.  We focus on one C every term and teach this through our curriculum and assemblies.  To further enhance and embed our values philosophy we regularly invite visitors in to relate the focus value to real life.

Within each C we also promote our British Values.  These too are related to everyday and help ensure all our children leave Oxley Park with a strong and confident belief in values both for themselves and also of the wonderful country we all live in.

Co-Operation: Our first Value we focus on during September and October.  This is an ideal value to help bond us together in our new classes and new year groups.  The language we use to help explain this 6C with our children is:  working together, being helpful and team work.

 

Caring:  Once we have established our team work and co-operating together we move onto the value of caring.  This takes us through the period leading upto Christmas.  We talk about all types of caring for each other and how we can be a caring person.   The language we use to help     explain this 6C with our children is:  looking after ourselves, looking after each other, friendship and looking after our environment.

 

Courage:  The new year starts off with us all looking at how courageous we can be!  At Oxley we want our children to be brave, tackle challenges, take up every possible opportunity and persevere with everything they do so they always achieve their very best.  The language we use to help explain this 6C with our children is:   being honest, taking a risk and trying new things.

 

Curious:  As we head into the second half of the academic year we focus on our children’s curiosity.  Encouraging them to as questions and enquire about new things.  We want children to grow up and be engaged in the world in which they live.  The language we use to help explain this 6C with our children is: Asking questions and finding out new things.

Conscientious:  The summer term sees us bring all the values we have learnt over the year together with a real focus on being conscientious in everything we do.  It is also our main assessment period and a great time for our children to showcase their learning.  The language we use to help explain this 6C with our children is: perseverance, working hard and taking pride in your work.

 

Courteous:  Our final Value focus of the year sees us focussing on being Courteous.  This is the period when children are meeting new teachers, new children, lots of events and visitors into our school; the perfect time to try out the value of being courteous.  The language we use to help   explain this 6C with our children is: manners, respect and patience.

 

Promoting British Values @

Oxley Park Academy

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.”

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.  At Oxley Park Academy these values are reinforced regularly through everyday activities, our own 6C’s and in the following ways:

 

Democracy

Democracy is rife within the school. Children have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Junior Leadership Team and Pupil questionnaires. The elections of Junior Leadership Reps and Head boy and Head girl. The Junior Leadership Team not only promotes democratic processes, fostering the concept and application of  freedom of speech and group action to address needs and concerns. Key to this is the concept of holding others to account, including those in positions of authority and influence. Our school behaviour policy involves rewards which children get a say in through a variety of opportunities.

 

The Rule of Law

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behavior and through school assemblies. Children are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Promotion of ‘fair play’, following and developing rules, Inclusion, celebrating and rewarding success, being magnanimous in defeat and participation in activities that promote kinship and affiliation with others. Visits from authorities such as the Police; Fire Service; etc. are parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.

 

Individual Liberty

Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young children to make choices safely, through of provision of a safe environment and empowering education.  Children are encouraged to know, understand and  exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, children are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual Respect

Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values (as mentioned above), and children have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. This is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.

 

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

This is achieved through enhancing children’s understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by  giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSCHE.