At The Crescent , we think it very important that our pupils develop a strong set of values and principles, and that they question and understand what it means to grow up in British society. Through a rich and challenging curriculum and through a focus on key events in British History - such as the creation of Magna Carta - we invite pupils to reflect upon their role in a diverse, multicultural and multi faith society.
Democracy: We provide a deeply embedded appreciation of the values of fairness and democracy at The Crescent. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through Pupil Voice and our elected School Council. Leadership positions are also applied for and elected. Through the curriculum children also have opportunities to debate and reflect on local, national and world issues and to take their voice further though petitions to MPs and higher authorities, for example when discussing who is responsible for pollution of the seas or protection of local woodlands or the Rainforest.
The Rule of Law: The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced through school assemblies, as well as when dealing with behaviour. 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; Lifeguards etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
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 young pupils to make choices safely, through of provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and exercise them safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Mutual Respect: Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy. Children engage critically with stereotypes and prejudices and develop an understanding of how we can celebrate our heritage and home cultures whilst also embracing the ties that bind us together.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs: As a school we take our responsibility to promote community cohesion, generate a respect for difference and individual rights seriously. Our challenging curriculum enables pupils to recognise the valuable role that they play as emerging citizens in British society. This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE.