We celebrated St George's Day in style by coming into school dressed in red and white clothing, decorated the school, held an assembly where children acted out St George slaying the Dragon and hosted an after school disco.
Children are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council and regular questionnaires. The elections of the School Council members are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action. School council work not only to solve issues that the children raise but also have input into their curriculum and the standards of the school. This process of election is also mirrored in our selection of Eco Warriors from each class.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, is consistently reinforced throughout the school day. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws (rules) that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Positive behaviour management strategies are implemented throughout the school and rules and expectations are reinforced through school assemblies and class circle times. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service and Air Ambulance help reinforce this message.
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 all pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our curriculum in areas such as online safety, anti-bullying, sex and relationship education and drugs awareness education. Whether it is through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, rewards for star work, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. The Ferrars Academy is a culturally diverse school with a highly regarded inclusive ethos and practice. We celebrate this diversity in our curriculum. Examples include our celebrations of different religious festivals throughout the year, the participation of all our children, including those with disability, in all our curriculum activities and the regular staff training we undertake to ensure this inclusive practice remains strong. Children learn that their actions have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. The whole school community knows and understands that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have.
Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs
The Ferrars Academy is situated in an area of great cultural diversity; therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. For example, in RE children focus on the three of the main religions: Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. They have opportunities to visit different places of worship. Through this our children gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society.
In addition, the Ferrars Academy organises various charity work throughout the year. This includes fun days for Children In Need, Comic Relief and Guide Dogs for the blind; coffee mornings to support Macmillan nurses; and non-uniform days to raise money for the Nepal earthquake fund. This fostering of a commitment to charities is another way in which we teach a sense of Britishness. We also hold Christmas and Summer Fayre’s which help develop a strong community.
The Ferrars Academy follows a values based approach to much of our learning. We follow a different value for each half term. These are Confidence, Friendship, Independence, Determination, Courage and Co-operation. Work to support these values is streamed through PSHE lessons, assemblies, external visits and other curriculum opportunities. Children displaying these values are also recognised.