"Pupils show a stong desire to do the best they can, in a school which encourages reflection and aspirational attributes, through an agreed set of values that are regularly referred to during daily school activities. These have a positive impact on pupils' attainment over time." - ISI Inspector, December 2017
Values-based Education is a recognised approach to teaching that works with values. It creates a strong learning environment that enhances academic attainment, and develops pupils' social and relationship skills that last throughout their lives.
A Values-based approach encourages reflective and aspirational attributes and attitudes. These can be nurtured to help people discover the very best of themselves, which enables them to be good citizens and prepare them for the life in senior school and beyond. It also equips pupils with social capacities that help them work with, and relate to others effectively, providing them with the self-esteem and confidence to explore and develop their full potential.
Hilden Oaks launched the whole school Values-based education programme during the Autumn term of 2015 with a value suggested by parents and staff - gratitude. Each half term, a new value is explored.
In past and coming months, pupils, staff and parents have been - and will - explore and embrace a number of different values which include: resilience, honesty, responsibility, trust, excellence, tolerance, humility, empathy, perseverance, equality, diversity, kindness, respect, patience, courage, self-control, curiosity, confidence, gratitude, consideration and sharing.
Each value will be explored and understood through a weekly Values Assembly, in PSHEE lessons, and by using the Values Vocabulary in everything the children do at school. Acorns are awarded to children showing good use and understanding of the value currently being explored.
The values will become integral to everyday life at Hilden Oaks, supporting social interaction and creating an enhanced learning environment for both pupils and staff.
"The emphasis on, and regular use of, an agreed set of values has a measurable impact upon the development of the pupils' understanding of themselves. As a result, pupils' self-esteem and self-awareness is excellent. They accept failure graciously and are encouraged to develop resilience and to strive for improvement." - ISI Inspector, December 2017
Please click here for an example of a Values Assembly story, based on the concept of self-control.