At Our Lady’s Bishop Eton Primary School, we believe that it is the Gospel Values that shape how we behave, what we say and how we build relationships. We also believe that schools have a moral purpose and that we should encourage our pupils to become responsible citizens who contribute positively to society. The philosophy and ethos of Our Lady’s Bishop Eton ton School is based on a positive work ethic, tolerance, respect and kindness and we promote these Gospel values through everything that we say and do. Like riding a bike, values are learned through a combination of instruction and practice. Our children learn what the Gospel Values are, how to recognise them, and how people react to them, equipping them with invaluable social skills and emotional intelligence.
Our Values Curriculum creates a caring and supportive community and a strong learning environment that both enhances academic achievement and develops our children’s social and relationship skills. This positive learning environment is achieved through the positive values modelled by staff throughout the school. It liberates teachers and students from the stress of confrontational relationships, which frees up substantial teaching and learning time. It also provides social capacity to pupils, equipping them with social and relationship skills, intelligences and attitudes to succeed at school and throughout their lives.
Our children learn about the Gospel Values primarily through everyday interaction with everyone in the school community. It is through modelling positive behaviour and values that we can all understand our expectations of each other and how we all want to be treated. To support this, we have a structured approach to Religious Education, Collective Worship, our Catholic Life and assemblies; all of which teach the values and encourage children to deepen their understanding of what the values mean to them
The Government defines British values as:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
These values fit within the school’s values and are promoted and supported throughout the curriculum and through our attitudes and relationships.
Some of the ways that we promote our values include:
- Positions of responsibility: Pupils elect Head Boy and Head Girl and House Captains.
- School council and Eco Council: Pupils elect the members who then represent their class at meetings
- Curriculum: RE lessons provide opportunities to learn about many different faiths and beliefs. PHSE lessons focus on rights, responsibilities and making good choices
- Assemblies: cover stories from many faiths and cultures
- Policies: Such as Inclusion and Equal Opportunities ensure that no group is discriminated against
- Circle times and restorative conversations are used to bring issues out into the open and strengthen relationships