World’s End Infants is a very happy and caring school; we aim to provide a secure and stimulating environment in which every child will be supported to develop to their full potential.
We aim to achieve high standards of work and behaviour and to set standards of excellence in the teaching and learning experiences we offer our children. We are proud to have achieved Beacon status from the Department for Education in recognition of the excellent standards we achieve, and have now had three consecutive ‘outstanding’ Ofsted inspections, the latest in November 2007. An interim Ofsted report in March 2011 confirmed this judgement.
Promoting British Values at World’s End Infant & Nursery School
The Government requires schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
[The Prevent strategy 2011 – https://gov.uk/government/publications/prevent-strategy-2011]
These fundamental British values are implicitly embedded in our school curriculum, including the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (EYFS 2014) and the National Curriculum (2014). In addition, we are actively working towards being recognised as a Rights Respecting School (UNICEF RRSA), reflected in both our ethos and taught curriculum. We promote British values through our World’s End ethos:
Providing positive role models and teaching children how to understand their own emotional make-up, and that of others.
Actively promoting common values that highlight diversity and equality, human rights and responsibilities.
Including in our curriculum learning about and celebrating different cultures, beliefs and ways of life; our curriculum also helps develop skills for participation and responsible action, e.g. through topics such as The Environment, and through school and class council activities.
Providing equal opportunities for all our pupils to succeed: we analyse data on the attainment and achievement of groups, addressing any barriers to learning and working to close or eliminate any gaps between groups.
We encourage our children to see their role in the bigger picture, to know their views count, and to value each other’s views and values. Democracy in action can be seen from an early age, for example through children in Nursery or Reception sharing views on e.g. what the theme of their role play area could be with a show of hands.
Children are taught about, and encouraged to respect, public institutions and services. Year 2 pupils have written letters to, and received responses from, their local MP regarding issues they are concerned about.
We have a democratically elected School Council that takes its role in ‘helping to make our school better’ seriously. Issues taken by School Council members to each Class Council encourage all our pupils to become involved in decision making, and show that they are listened to in school.
The Rule of Law
Classroom rules are developed with the children; children are helped to understand the need for such rules in order to have a safe, secure and happy learning environment, and to understand that the rules apply to everyone.
Regular visits from the Police and Fire Service, e.g. as part of Reception’s People Who Help Us topic, or our whole school Road or Internet Safety topic, help to develop respect for these public services and reinforce the importance of rules and laws.
As part of our work towards becoming a Rights Respecting School children are taught about their rights, and that these are the rights of all children.
Our supportive school ethos, together with our planned work in PSED (Personal and Social Development) in Nursery and Reception, and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) in Years 1 and 2, endeavours to ensure that children develop their sense of worth and self-confidence; we actively celebrate the uniqueness of all children at World’s End.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance
Our school ethos, conveyed in our attitudes and relationships, our assemblies and acts of worship, and our taught curriculum in Religious Education, PSED, PSHE and Circle Time are all aimed at helping our children to acquire a tolerance and appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures and beliefs. For example, Reception’s topic on Celebrations discusses similarities and experiences from different religions and cultural practices; RE topics in Key Stage 1 teach children about the differences between different religions’ practices, as well as similarities.
From the very beginning in Nursery children are taught to respect each other by:
Listening to each other’s ideas and experiences
Learning to take turns
Learning to share and play cooperatively
Using kind hands and kind words
As a school we are committed to promoting diverse attitudes and challenging stereotypes, for example through sharing stories that reflect and value the diversity of children’s experiences, through using resources and activities that challenge gender, cultural and racial stereotyping, and through challenging any prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
At World’s End Infants School we make a promise to help every child to realise their rights. To demonstrate our commitment to and support for children’s rights we are currently working towards becoming a Rights Respecting School. This involves teaching children about their rights and helping them to respect the rights of others both in school and across the world. More information can be found by clicking here.
Children are taught about rights in PSHE (Personal Social Health Education). They learn about children’s rights in assemblies, through fundraising activities and they learn to respect other people’s rights when staff model and encourage rights respecting behaviour throughout the day.