Stepping Stones

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Our Values

Our school is a unique setting in many ways as we support those students that ‘sit’ between mainstream and a fully integrated special needs setting.  We are a small school and as such are able to focus on the individual student in achieving their aims and aspirations.  We do not do this in isolation but work with families, the education authorities, social services and specialists to support successful outcomes for everyone who learns at Stepping Stones.

Our key values are to:

  • Embrace every student’s full potential
  • Provide a holistic and supportive learning environment
  • Set challenging yet realistic goals for attainment

SMSC Values

 At Stepping Stones we recognise a broad set of common values that underpin the curriculum and the work of the school. These include valuing ourselves, our families and other relationships, the wider groups to which we belong, the diversity in our society and the environment in which we live. We are also committed to the virtues of truth, justice, honesty and a sense of duty.

 "Personal development is rightly prioritised. Strong relationships and provision for pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural understanding enable pupils to demonstrate excellent attitudes to learning."   OFSTED 2016 

Our curriculum is designed to promote children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. This includes the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of their own and different beliefs and cultures and how these influence individuals and societies and promote self-esteem and well-being.

Spiritual development involves the development of insights, principles, beliefs, attitudes and values which guide and motivate us. For the children it will mean a developing recognition that the insights, principles, beliefs, attitudes and values that guide them in life are important. This will be shown by:

  • A sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about the world around them,
  • Including the intangible.
  • The use of imagination and creativity in learning
  • A willingness to reflect on their experiences and the experiences of others.

Moral development involves the building of a personal framework of values which regulate personal behaviour through teaching and promoting principles rather than through fear of punishment or reward. This will be shown by:-

  • The ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong.
  • The understanding that actions have consequences.
  • An interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues.

Social development starts with the family and enables children to understand their rights, take responsibility, show respect and be prepared to take the initiative. Stepping Stones is a social community and it is here that children learn and experiment with the challenges and opportunities of belonging to a larger group. This will be shown by:

  • The use of a range of social skills in different contexts.
  • A willingness to participate in a variety of social settings.
  • Being able to co-operate with others and resolve conflicts.

Cultural development involves children forming a coherent identity and formulating a language with which to receive, reflect and communicate the shared values of their culture. Stepping Stones will promote the cultural traditions of the school, its local community and recognise the ethnic and cultural diversity of British society. This will be shown by:

  • An understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped our heritage.
  • Participation in artistic, musical, sporting, mathematical, technological, scientific and cultural opportunities.
  • An interest in the diversity and richness of British cultural life. 

In order to ensure that SMSC development is embedded in the practice of the school we will:

  • Audit through departmental SAR
  • Assess SMSC during lesson observations by noting teaching that encourages participation, creativity, reflection, independence and activities that develop teamwork, leadership skills and self-reliance.

 British Values

 The school embraces British Values throughout the full curriculum and in particular through PSHE, current affairs and topic led assemblies.  The table below shows some of the ways in which we embed these values:

British Values

School Approach

Self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence

·   Merit system

·   Therapy support

To distinguish right from wrong and to respect civil and criminal law

·   PSHE

 

Accepting responsibility for their own behaviour

·   Consequences Ladder

Showing initiative as to how they can contribute positively to the local community and  wider society

·   Volunteering eg. Duke of Edinburgh

·   Involvement with local groups and businesses

Providing pupils with a broad general knowledge of public institutions and services in England

·   History

·   PSHE

·   Current Affairs

An appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures in a way that promotes tolerance between different cultural traditions

·   Assemblies

·   PSHE

·   Guest speakers

Respecting the fundamental British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect

·   School Council

·   PSHE

Where political issues are brought to the attention of pupils they are offered a balanced presentation of opposing views

·   Embedded throughout the school in all areas

·   Debating club