Central to everything we do is around teaching pupils core values, which we share with staff, children and the wider community. Through our understanding of the ‘core four’: compassion, ownership, resilience and excellence, we foster a holistic approach to the teaching of our pupils’ understanding of British Values and Social, Moral, Cultural and Spiritual education.
Staff and pupils strive to model their ‘core four’ each and every day: these values underpin the expectations we have for ourselves within our own school, local area and within the wider world.
Our relationships are built on our compassion towards others views, opinions, beliefs and interests. We celebrate the differences that make us unique and respect that it is these differences that makes our world a wonderful place. We work hard to take ownership for our own actions and behaviours, showing an awareness and taking responsibility for the way our actions can affect others. Our children show resilience in all we do: working hard and persevering when times become difficult, showing an unerring commitment to striving for excellence.
Each one of us, every day, in every way, seek to live by these Towngate values, and to help others to do so too.
Our ‘core four’ values are taught, lived and become innate in our everyday actions and behaviours. The adults in school teach and remind pupils of our core values and model these behaviours for our children to display too. Where pupils demonstrate these values, a common language is used, celebrating the core value that has been shown – this embeds the expectations across school and allows other children to see the values in action.
When teaching, adults in the classroom remind the children of the values they need to show in order to be successful: this may be resilience to unpick a tricky maths challenge or taking ownership when editing and redrafting a piece of writing.
Our values are our learning powers, woven into all we do.
All pupils at Towngate are taught how our core values and British Values underpin everything the Academy does. The British Values and SMSC curriculum (social, moral, spiritual and cultural), supports pupils’ understanding of the role each of us plays to within society.
As a values-based school, we ensure that British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the wider values-based philosophy that infuses the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts so that pupils can embrace these concepts with enthusiasm and demonstrate a good understanding of their application to their own lives.
The skills and attributes developed through the teaching of values enhance the curriculum and pupils’ learning behaviours; raise attainment; attendance and pupil wellbeing.