Promoting Values


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Building workshops already delivered to headteachers from Stirling, South Ayrshire, and Glasgow, the objective of this taster session is to introduce an approach which enables: greater understanding of what we mean by values and ethical decision-making - recognition that shared values can improve the culture and ethos of schools - heightened awareness of how values can impact positively on all our lives.

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Promoting Values

  1. 1. Promoting A Culture of Values Sally Kennedy Wednesday 19 th September 2007 Allan’s Primary School
  2. 2. Current documentation <ul><li>Curriculum for Excellence </li></ul><ul><li>Education Scotland Act 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Being Well, Doing Well </li></ul><ul><li>Standard for Headship </li></ul><ul><li>Chartered Teacher Programme </li></ul><ul><li>Journey to Excellence </li></ul><ul><li>HGIOS 3 </li></ul><ul><li>UN Conventions on the Rights of the Child. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What are values? <ul><li>Building blocks </li></ul><ul><li>To guide us </li></ul><ul><li>Think about what matters </li></ul><ul><li>Guide behaviour </li></ul><ul><li>Inform decisions and judgements </li></ul><ul><li>Good , active citizens </li></ul><ul><li>We use our values as guiding principles which inform our decision making, how we treat one another, what matters , collective understanding, think beyond self, citizenship , to contribute, looking after legacy </li></ul>
  5. 5. Aim <ul><li>To agree a set of shared values to underpin the life and work of our school community: </li></ul><ul><li>As a point of reference for all children and adults </li></ul><ul><li>Through wide consultation </li></ul>
  6. 6. Why? <ul><li>Defines our moral environment </li></ul><ul><li>( operation of policies, goals, plans) </li></ul><ul><li>Shared reference points </li></ul><ul><li>‘ small beacons of certainty in a troubled world ‘.-J Gardner </li></ul><ul><li>To specify behaviours and expectations </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Process- how ????? <ul><li>Staff development session </li></ul><ul><li>Pupil voice </li></ul><ul><li>Parent focus groups </li></ul><ul><li>Community focus group </li></ul>
  8. 8. Our Values <ul><li>RESPECT : </li></ul><ul><li>To be considerate of ourselves, others and our environment </li></ul><ul><li>COURAGE: </li></ul><ul><li>To face challenges with confidence and self-belief </li></ul><ul><li>INTEGRITY: </li></ul><ul><li>To be honest in your intentions </li></ul><ul><li>ENDEAVOUR: </li></ul><ul><li>To be all you can be </li></ul><ul><li>LOVE: </li></ul><ul><li>To feel and act sincerely </li></ul>
  9. 9. Behaviours <ul><li>Taking care of each other’s property / possessions </li></ul><ul><li>Listening to each other </li></ul><ul><li>Valuing opinions </li></ul><ul><li>Responding suitably to other’s actions and feelings </li></ul><ul><li>Giving praise </li></ul><ul><li>Making time for others </li></ul><ul><li>Recognise and celebrate differences </li></ul><ul><li>Compromise / meet half way / give and take </li></ul><ul><li>Agree a solution </li></ul>RESPECT
  10. 10. COURAGE <ul><li>Have a ‘can do’ attitude ( and have a go) </li></ul><ul><li>Be heard </li></ul><ul><li>Make good choices- don’t follow the ‘crowd’ </li></ul><ul><li>Be true to yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Stand up for yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Have the confidence to embrace change </li></ul><ul><li>Accept criticism, learn from it and move forward </li></ul>
  11. 11. INTEGRITY <ul><li>Be trustworthy </li></ul><ul><li>Keep a confidence( but know when to tell) </li></ul><ul><li>Be open and honest </li></ul><ul><li>Know what the right thing FOR YOU is </li></ul><ul><li>Do the right thing for yourself and others </li></ul><ul><li>Learn from mistakes </li></ul><ul><li>Believe you can do it </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the ‘why’ of things </li></ul>
  12. 12. LOVE <ul><li>Be happy and proud of yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Be able to share thoughts and feelings </li></ul><ul><li>Give and accept praise </li></ul><ul><li>Make time for others </li></ul><ul><li>See the good in others </li></ul><ul><li>Be welcoming </li></ul><ul><li>Make a fresh start and move on </li></ul>
  13. 13. ENDEAVOUR <ul><li>:Self-improvement </li></ul><ul><li>Fulfil/ reach your potential- be all you can be </li></ul><ul><li>Striving for your own goals </li></ul><ul><li>Being happy with your effort </li></ul><ul><li>Go the extra mile </li></ul><ul><li>Being honest and realistic in expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Aim to achieve realistic expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Recognise that improvement can be in ANY and ALL areas – excelling at one thing doesn’t signify excellence in all </li></ul><ul><li>Build on your strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Continually improve- regardless of your start point, irrespective of others </li></ul><ul><li>Persevere when things are difficult / challenging </li></ul><ul><li>Think about steps needed to achieve goals </li></ul><ul><li>Recognise that improving can be difficult and everything doesn’t have to be perfect / correct for improvement to take place </li></ul>
  14. 15. Living the values <ul><li>What can we do to demonstrate our values? </li></ul><ul><li>develop ideas for involving parents in values eg class survey, research project, values book </li></ul><ul><li>write to community members , politicians etc seeking views of their important values , collate and shar </li></ul><ul><li>Circle time </li></ul><ul><li>Poster design </li></ul><ul><li>Leaflet design </li></ul>
  15. 16. And……… <ul><li>Scenarios , moral dilemmas </li></ul><ul><li>Doodles </li></ul><ul><li>Drawing </li></ul><ul><li>Agreed suggestions for behaviours which demonstrate each value eg brainstorming , mind mapping , lists etc </li></ul><ul><li>Fables, stories, poems </li></ul><ul><li>Citizenship and thinking skills resources </li></ul>
  16. 17. Or even……. <ul><li>Interact materials </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing sessions – 10-15minutes per week </li></ul><ul><li>Pupil of the week format for value focus </li></ul><ul><li>Comments Box (including pre-printed slips for each value) </li></ul><ul><li>Envelopes with names – to recognise and celebrate individual contribution </li></ul><ul><li>Message board </li></ul><ul><li>Main school (or class) display /post it board </li></ul>
  17. 28. Celebrating Success <ul><li>Book of Achievement </li></ul><ul><li>Journey to Excellence wall display </li></ul><ul><li>Awards- headteacher, interval, staff </li></ul><ul><li>Values wheels </li></ul><ul><li>Cars </li></ul><ul><li>Inspirational story, poem , music </li></ul><ul><li>Golden Book </li></ul><ul><li>Scrolling screen in foyer </li></ul>
  18. 33. What people say about a values culture….. We have celebrating success assemblies and a board and values called respect, courage, integrity, endeavour and love. Altogether it’s pride P5
  19. 34. What I like about the values is that they are transferable to home too! It’s great to see the individual child achieve and then build towards class and school goals. The Golden Book is lovely The values have made a difference to the school and celebrating success assemblies help a lot as well. We have 5 different values and it helps us be a better school I like the values because we have to put stickers on the wheels to show that we are helpful and kind P4 P5
  20. 35. The consultation process ensured that our whole school community really bought into the values approach we wished to promote . In dealings with children , parents and the wider community we can quote our values and agreed behaviours There is a marked difference in the ethos and sense of pride in our school and values continue to impact positively everyday. I have been surprised by my son’s understanding of the school values. He is able to explain what each value means and , more importantly, what they look like in terms of his attitudes and actions. I find myself referring to the values at home I think it’s good to have values everywhere, not just school. I try my best to show the values but sometimes it can be hard P2