At school we work hard to make sure that all pupils understand how to get the best out of their time with us. It’s crucial that pupils are safe, respected, responsible and ready to learn. It’s also vital that alongside working with pupils for exam success, we also prepare them for their futures. Indeed we want to support pupils to be able to contribute positively to society and to find success and happiness in the choices that they make. Our ‘Values‘ work underpins this. It’s about attitudes and behaviours.
From September 2018 pupils have undertaken ‘Values’ lesson. In this lesson pupils follow a five year programme that incorporates: traditional PSHE; Careers and Progression Guidance; Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education and Fundamental British Values work. It embeds with students the Crofton Core Values of: communication, collaboration, co-operation, resilience, respect and responsibility. This supports pupils to learn how to appropriately debate, and guide them to be able to make their own informed decisions. Indeed it supports pupils in their development – teaching them how to build strong, positive relationships and providing opportunities and experiences to learn about our world.
A backdrop to this programme is the focus of “Our School Has A Mind To Be Kind” – many opportunities and activities are planned to teach pupils the value of kindness, as we aim to embed this across the year groups.
Extra curricular work also forms a considerable part of our Values curriculum. For example, pupils are able to work together to support others, be supported to be resilient and curious, alongside having trips and experiences that will broaden their horizons.
Through our Values curriculum, we work with pupils and their families to help all to recognise opportunities and be well informed. For example, our shared subscription to ‘The Day’ is one way that we encourage parents and carers to join us in our Values work, alongside the information that we provide linked to post-16 progression. This programme helps pupils to develop into responsible citizens who can progress, be happy and play a positive role in society. Our main aim is to ensure that our pupils have the qualities, skills and understanding necessary to flourish in every facet of their lives – a life in which they will have many roles and responsibilities.
© Castleford Academy Trust 2020