Values & Ethos
Peel Common Junior School
We aim to create a Learning Community through the use of our Pride Initiative. Each letter of Pride support and extends the work of both Pupils and Staff:
P – Personal excellence
R –Respect and Friendship
I – Inspiration
D –Determination and Courage
This is the ‘watchword’ of the school. Children are encouraged to think about Personal Excellence at all times whether it be during work sessions, moving around the school, in the grounds during break and working sessions and out on visits. Children learn that good achievement is attained through diligence, application and the understanding that some areas of life and learning need much effort before they can be considered ‘ done’.
Respect and Friendship
We teach our children respect for all members of our community. Children are taught to be respectful of each other, through listening, courteous response and kindness. We help children understand that they cannot be friends with everyone but emphasise all are deserving of respect. Adults within the school demonstrate respect in all aspects of their work and are a role model to children.
Children in Year 6 are elected to become Peer Mentors, these children are charged with demonstrating both respect an friendship across the school often helping children to resolve issues before adult help is required.
Our children are encouraged to share original thoughts and ideas with both adults and children. We know that learning through Peer Support is highly effective and praise and encourage this way of working. Our homework also gives children the opportunities to develop their own interests and extend learning through research.
We strongly encourage a mind-set amongst both staff and children that there may be things that they cannot yet do. This does not mean failure but an understanding that some aspects of life and learning require effort from themselves and support from others. Children are encouraged to ask for help from peers or teachers when they meet challenges and say when they feel frustrated so we can ensure they confidently reach the next stage in their learning.
We prepare our children to become global citizens and to appreciate the diverse society in which we live. All children have equal opportunities when assessing our curriculum and are taught they in turn can be extended to all members of our community.
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, these strategies have been reiterated by the Prime Minister in 2016.
The Department of Education says that there is a need to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation in all schools to promote the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of individual liberty and mutual respect and the tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We promote these values at Peel Common Junior School through.
Our children take part in Elections to become School Councillors, Learning Mentors and prefects. Our children are encouraged to put forward their opinions safe in the knowledge that they will be listened to by both their peers and adults. They understand that they may not accept all decisions but understand that this has been decided by the majority.
The Rule of Law
All children work together to create class rules. Our children understand that the rules are needed for the harmonious working of the classroom. They also understand that we need rules that allow the school to work well such as walking in the corridors, playing in the playground and attending whole school assemblies.
The children understand that there are consequences for not following the rules and all know how our behaviour policy works and the consequences that may occur. The children also understand that they can turn their behaviour around by demonstrating that they are responsible members of our community.
Our school provides a safe supportive environment for children to express their individuality and make safe and supported choices. This is promoted through our e-safety programmes and P.H.S.E lessons.
Our Pride Initiative and Behaviour Policy expects that all members of our community show respect to each other regardless of the differences we might have. This is taught through our P.H.S.E curriculum, and daily work with children.
Tolerance of Different Faiths
Our children learn about different faiths trough their Religious Education Studies and P.H.S.E. Our curriculum work on different countries and current affairs gives children understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society.