As outlined in our wellbeing curriculum intent, we want pupils to leave Valley Park as ‘inclusive citizens’. As in much research around character development, we believe that belonging to and actively participating in a school community is a deeply formative experience, that helps pupils develop, amongst other things, their character.
Character education permeates in all subjects, wider activities and the day to day of a school; it cultivates the virtues of character associated with common morality and develops students’ understanding of what is excellent in diverse spheres of human endeavour.
Our character development focuses on the term ‘human flourishment.’ This is when an adult (or child) is not only happy, but has reached their full potential. This may not be during their time here at Valley Park, but we play an important part of this, like a component to a composite. Flourishing is the ultimate aim of character development, and this is led by a series of ‘virtues’ or ‘values.’ Here at Valley Park, we have developed the seven areas of RESPECT (resilience, enthusiasm, self-respect, punctuality, empathy, character and talk) to help guide this process.
We also believe that children should be given the building blocks to develop ‘practical wisdom’ or the skills to be able to act appropriately in different situations, whether good or bad. To be able to do this, they need to be WELL INFORMED to be able to make SENSIBLE CHOICES. This is explicitly taught throughout our wellbeing curriculum, for example, through the unit on kindness, tolerance or emotional regulation.
A central focus at Valley Park throughout the curriculum is the Equalities Act 2010. We believe that this is fundamental and core knowledge every child should have to be able to be successful in modern Britain. Each cycle, this is led through key influencers, alongside the carefully chosen curriculum knowledge. By the time pupils leave us in Year 6, pupils will have, stored in their long-term memory, the full range of protected characteristics, with real life examples, including possible hurdles and challenges.
Our mission continues to be simple. We want children to be WELL INFORMED to make SENSIBLE CHOICES and become INCLUSIVE CITIZENS.