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Vision & Values

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  • The 6 Rs
  • British Values
  • SIAMS framework
  • Policies
  • Spiritual Garden
  • Our link School in Uganda
  • Charity and Courageous Advocacy

Loving for Today, Learning for Tomorrow, Forever in Faith

In our school, which has a Christian Foundation, we aim to:

  • Create a safe, stimulating learning environment which supports and inspires the whole school community to embrace life-long learning 
  • Make a positive difference to the lives of children Teach, model and live by the Christian values we share 
  • Teach creatively in order to promote creative learning within creative classrooms 
  • Make pupils’ learning experience enjoyable, relevant, interesting and effective 
  • Encourage pupils to think, question and lead 
  • Enable pupils to become good citizens, now and in their future 
  • Develop the skills of and a joy in reading for all children 
  • Develop a growth mind set in pupils, colleagues and parents 
  • Work collaboratively to share ideas, skills and interests


The impact of the school’s Christian vision on children and adults at Northaw.

Northaw C of E Primary School has a deeply embedded inclusive Christian vision which excellently expresses its mission of Christian service to its diverse community. This is based on the biblical teaching of the value and potential of everyone, each being precious to God. Through insightful accurate self-evaluation by all stakeholders, its Christian foundation is kept consistently to the fore. Staff and governors are responsive to the strengths and challenges of school life, making Northaw a forward thinking and outward looking school. We successfully challenge and nurture children’s academic and personal development. Consequently, all children, including the most vulnerable, flourish and make very good progress from their various starting points.

Personal development is very strong and effectively supports pupils in developing as good citizens, who show an active concern for others. Expressed, for example, through charitable giving, involvement with a local branch of Age Concern, fundraising for Save the Children and Essex and Herts Air Ambulance and intergenerational work with a local care home. Children are also developing a partnership with a school in Uganda. These are closely linked to the school’s deeply embedded vision and are recognised by stakeholders as ways in which its associated values, such as compassion and responsibility, are creatively lived out. Pastoral care is extremely strong and excellently targeted to support learning and personal development. Hence, children are successfully encouraged to reach their God-given potential. Individual and group support is wide ranging and expresses Christian love and concern for all of God’s children.

School staff and governors (Ethos Group) regularly monitor and evaluate our school using the seven strands as mentioned in the SIAMs framework. Parents and children are involved in pupil and parent voice activities.


The 6 Rs

At Northaw C of E Primary we believe that children will become effective, lifelong learners if they possess the skills that will help them have a growth mindset and an ability to keep going even if they find things difficult.

The work of Professor Guy Claxton stresses the need to teach children tools and skills that will help to build their learning power and teach them how to 'learn to learn'. 

At Northaw C of E Primary we focus on 6 main values which were based initially on the work of Guy Claxton. We have evolved these in order to suit our children and prepare them for their next stage in education. We believe we are all Loving for Today, Learning for Tomorrow, Forever in Faith

As a school we believe that by developing these 6R skills the children will become more effective, life-long learners who understand why they learn and have a desire to continue to learn. We link this understanding of learning to our Christian beliefs and ethos. The two areas we believe are interchangeable.

The values are:

Reasoning:

To be able to think through problems and being ready to make sense of a given situation in order to either learn from it or to solve a problem or create something.

Responsibility:

Being aware of our roles and responsibilities, how we should behave, what we should do and why.

Resourcefulness:

Being ready and willing and able to learn in different ways.

Resilience:

Being ready, willing and able to lock onto learning, to keep going when things get tough. Stickability!

Reflection:

Being able to look back on our work, experiences, experiences of others and on the world around us and learn from this.

Respect:

Thinking about how we should behave appropriately towards our peers, adults, our own learning opportunities, our resources and our environment. 

Please click here to read more about our 6 Rs and Christian ethos

British values

The government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. At Northaw Church of England Primary school these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.

Democracy:

Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through discussion and open forums within their classes; through our House system; through interviews and through Pupil Voice. Our school behaviour system involves rewards (including house points) which the pupils are encouraged to nominate others for. Pupils are given leadership roles throughout the school and are encouraged and enabled to lead teaching activities and fundraising events.

The Rule of Law:

The importance of Laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service and leaders from secondary schools and local churches are regular parts of our calendar and they help to reinforce the rules of law and responsibility.

Individual Liberty:

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely, through of provision of a safe environment with the support of the strong foundations formed from our core values (responsibility, resourcefulness, resilience, respect, reflection and reasoning). Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these appropriately. We teach this through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons; and through our day to day conversations, expectations and modelling throughout the day.

Mutual Respect:

Part of our school ethos and behaviour for learning policy has revolved around core values (6Rs), 'Respect’ is one of these values. Displays around the school promote respect for others. Respect is reiterated regularly in our classrooms, in our daily conversations and expectations and is expressed in our behaviour for learning policy.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Collective worship and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE, PSHE and P4C. The school has a high-profile vocabulary around our core values which remain at the heart of all we do and so pupils understand their responsibility in respecting others. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Visitors from different faiths and cultures are invited into our school to share facts, beliefs and rituals with our pupils. 

British Values and our Curriculum:

In English lessons across the school we study the works of English writers and poets and spend time discussing the impact of their work on British society as a whole as well as at a personal level.

In History lessons we focus on important moments throughout British history and teach the events chronology to the children in order for them to gain an understanding of how Britain came to be: from the early British settlers, to the British Empire and up to modern day Britain. The pupils learn about key and important figures throughout British history.

Pupils learn about our Government and Parliament, Democracy and our British laws. Cross-curricular links are made to engage the children further in their learning and encourage them to think and question.

Further information:

Please click here to find out about mentoring for pupil wellbeing at Northaw C of E Primary. 

SIAMs framework

All Church of England dioceses and the Methodist Church use the Church of England Education Office's framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005.  The SIAMS Evaluation Schedule sets out the expectations for the conduct of the Statutory Inspection of Anglican, Methodist and ecumenical Schools under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005.

Purpose and focus of SIAMS inspections

SIAMS inspection focuses on the impact of the Church school's Christian vision on pupils and adults. This involves looking at the school’s Christian vision, the provision the school makes because of this vision and how effective this provision is in enabling all pupils to flourish. Church schools will employ a variety of strategies and styles appropriate to and reflective of, their particular context in order to be distinctively and effectively Christian in their character and ethos. SIAMS inspectors therefore do not look for a set template of what a Church school should be like, but rather take the particular context of the school into account and base their evaluation on the outcomes rather than the process.

The Evaluation Schedule has one inspection question: how effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?

This is explored through seven strands:

·       Vision and Leadership

·       Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills

·       Character Development: Hope, Aspiration and Courageous Advocacy

·       Community and Living Well Together

·       Dignity and Respect

·       The impact of collective worship

·       The effectiveness of religious education 

One overall grade is awarded reflecting the contribution of these strands to the flourishing of pupils and adults in a Church school. In addition a standalone grade is awarded in all schools for collective worship and in voluntary aided (VA) schools and former VA schools for religious education (RE). This grade is based on teaching and learning alone.


Spiritual Garden

We enjoyed a very exciting day in November 2019, when in the frost, Archdeacon Janet officially opened our spiritual garden. Whilst the main structure has been completed, we will be asking the children to make prayer spaces and reflection areas.


Our link School: Kiyunga Parents Primary School

Our link school is in South East Uganda. It has been a school for 20 years now and was set up by a group of parents (hence the name). It's based on the foundation of the Anglican Church however, like Northaw C of E Primary, it takes learners of all religious denominations. It is both a boarding and day school. Dhabuliwo Abasa is a very passionate teacher who works at the school. He explained that they have 7 classes called P.1 – P.7 and the children have to sit national exams called PLE.

This link came about because Miss Barker visited Uganda and worked in schools out there helping teachers to improve.

Uganda Day

Uganda Day took place on Thursday 19th September 2019 to launch our link school. Children all came to school dressed in the colours of the Ugandan flag (yellow, red and black). The day started with an assembly by “Save the Children” who spoke to the children about the work they do in Uganda and the children took part in a range of activities throughout the day.

Our Save the Children visitor did a workshop in both Willow and Oak looking at the day in a life of a Ugandan boy and comparing it to our lives. We borrowed some djembi drums, so the children had a workshop exploring African sounds and rhythms.  In class, children created art work based on Uganda and looked into the different food they eat and compared it to what we eat. It was a fun day all round!

What is happening next?

We are planning on writing letters to the children in the school and hopefully will receive some replies. 


Charity and Courageous Advocacy

As a Christian school, we are always looking for opportunities to help and support others.

Please click here to find out more about how we have supported charity days such as Age UK, Children in Need, Comic Relief, The Bishop’s Harvest Appeal, Essex and Herts Air Ambulance and Macmillan Cancer Support. The children work with staff to develop how we fundraise and in the past we have held coffee mornings, tuck shops, cake sales and non-uniform days.


Paddington’s Postcards

In order to help our children learn about how different families live around the world, we are taking part in the ‘Paddington’s Postcards’ project led by UNICEF. Click here to find out more.