At Blackthorn Academy we have a responsibility to support our pupils in becoming moral citizens, who believe that they can achieve the best that they can and aspire to be whatever they want to be. We ensure that all children are able to learn and thrive in a safe learning environment that is built upon mutual respect.
‘A value is a belief, a mission, or a philosophy that is meaningful. Whether we are consciously aware of them or not, every individual has a core set of personal values. Values can range from the commonplace, such as the belief in hard work and punctuality, to the more psychological, such as self-reliance, concern for others, and harmony of purpose.’
Posner, R. http://www.gurusoftware.com/GuruNet/Personal/Topics/Values.htm
As a TEF (The Education Fellowship) Academy we are underpinned by their principles and values (http://educationfellowship.net/our-values).
Our overarching TEF values are:
- An entrepreneurial spirit
- To truly care about colleagues and students
- To embrace individuality
- To empower the people around you
- To inspire trust
- To live relentlessly and uncompromisingly by the Fellowship’s values
These values and principles will be shared and referred to during whole school assemblies and will be reflected in the way that all stakeholders behave in and around school.
As an academy we have then adopted our own core values that support and complement those set by our sponsor. We believe that our pupils will become good citizens if they understand and apply these values in their daily lives.
These values are linked to our motto GREAT.
G – Go for goals!
R – Resilient! We never give up! (Resilience)
E – Everyone matters! (Respect and Understanding)
A – Always do our best! (Responsibility, Confidence, Readiness and Independence)
T - Together we all grow and learn! (Team Spirit)
Our eight core values are:
- Respect - listen and respond well to all people who they speak to or interact with
- Independent - being able to solve problems or find the answers for themselves
- Understanding - being aware of other people's feelings and knowing that what might make a person feel really sad/angry/upset/frustrated and not make somebody else feel that way intentionally
- Responsibility – being accountable for their actions, fulfilling their role within the school and showing that they can look after their own and other’s belongings
- Resilience – being able to respond to challenges and never giving up, even when things go wrong
- Readiness – being prepared
- Confidence – being able to have a go and taking a risk
- Team-spirit – showing that they can work together, share ideas and work collaboratively together to achieve outcomes
Reinforcing and Teaching our Values:
Our core values have become a fundamental part of school life. They are referred to daily and pupils and staff show a good understanding of how their actions reflect each value and support a cohesive community.
Our core values will be taught through:
- Whole school assemblies
- Value house assemblies
- PSHE lessons – SEAL
- Circle times
- Discussions with adults
Our core values will be reinforced and rewarded through:
- Value house assemblies
- Celebration assemblies
- Principal and Assistant Principal recognition
- Texting Praise
- Values displays in each classroom
- Values displays in other locations around the academy
Whole school assemblies will focus on the teaching of values and the reinforcement of the actions needed to reflect appropriate behaviours that will enable our community to become cohesive and focussed on the same vision.
The teaching and reinforcement of our values will be predominantly through the re-establishment of a house system here at Blackthorn Academy
How will the Value Houses work?
- Each house will be named after one of our values and will be led by named staff members.
- All pupils and staff will be allocated to a house with a mix of ages across each house.
- Siblings will not be in the same houses and staff members with children at the school will also be allocated to different houses.
- Each house will be allocated a colour to support younger pupils being able to engage with the house system.
How Value Houses impact on the reinforcement of values?
- Gems will be awarded to pupils and staff for demonstrating actions which reflect the upholding of the school’s values. As gems are awarded the value that they are awarded for is reinforced e.g. well done you have shown respect to others by speaking to… in a kind and thoughtful manner.
- Value Houses will meet collectively together every fortnight on a Friday morning 9.05 – 9.30 (the opposite Friday to GREAT Pupil Assembly). During this time each house will count their tokens and reflect on how well they have done during that time period.
- House assemblies will also enable specific values to be focused on if required e.g. there have been issues with respect in school. Will enable closer focus on this specific value.
- Opportunities for pupils and staff to work more collaboratively together across the school, building relationships across year groups.
- Each house will select a charity that they will learn about and support.
At the end of each half term the whole school will meet together to present the winning house with their rewards for earning the most house tokens. The winning house will be rewarded with:
- A mufti-day
- Certificate for each child to show their achievements for the half-term
How will values raise standards at Blackthorn Academy?
- Improve the behaviour of pupils as they have a better understanding of traits that contribute to improved citizenship.
- Improve the sense of community within Blackthorn Academy enabling pupils and staff members to work across the school.
- Hold all members of the community to account for their behaviours and attitudes.
- Ensure that there is a shared vision and understanding of what we as a school are striving for.
- Will feed into all policies and practices at Blackthorn Academy enabling good links between all aspects of school life.
- All pupils and staff will have intrinsic motivation to be the best that they can be.