Ethos and Values
Promoting Values at Ursula Taylor
As a Church of England School judged as ‘Outstanding’ in the last SIAMS inspection, (Statutory Inspection for Anglican and Methodist Schools) and as a ‘Values Education’ school, we place a very high importance upon the teaching of values, both Christian, British and Human.
We take opportunities to actively promote our children’s knowledge of all values through a comprehensive programme of whole school, class based and individual teaching and learning. Through our Values Education programme we seek to reinforce Christian and British values and find that in many instances the ‘Christian’, ‘Human’ and ‘British’ Values are one and the same thing.
We also ensure that we are challenging opinions or behaviours in school that are contrary to fundamental British Values, including extremist views. We are an inclusive school that welcomes all children regardless of their faith and those who have none.
We use our Values teaching to provide our children, parents and staff with the tools needed to contribute effectively to society, engage in meaningful relationships with others and to be able to explain and demonstrate their understanding of the differences between right and wrong.
British Values are defined as: democracy, the rule of the law, liberty, respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. (Promoting British values as part of SMSC in schools DfE November 2014)
At Ursula Taylor we experience a different value every half term, with individual classes taking responsibility for delivering collective worship linked to the value. One class introduces the value and a second class ends the half term with collective worship that shares their understanding and links to Jesus’ teachings through bible stories.
We also have a Values display in every classroom and newsletters feature the half termly value. Class dojo is used to communicate with parents and photos and ideas linked to our school values are often shared, Weekly value certificates are awarded to children who demonstrate the half termly value and children’s ideas about school values are displayed in a whole school display.