At St George’s, children come to our school when they are seven and move on to secondary education when they are eleven. During the four years, which they spend with us, our vision is to harness their natural interest and curiosity so that they learn to work in a self-disciplined and constructive way both alone and with others.
Our school has a positive and caring environment and we expect children to adopt ‘The St George’s Way’.
This aims to encourage children to have the self discipline, thinking and communication skills to enable them to take responsibility for their own education and become lifelong learners.
We have very high expectations which lead to excellent academic achievement and ensure that children will reach their full potential in their personal, creative, physical, moral and spiritual development.
At St George’s Junior School we believe that learning should be fun, purposeful and challenging. Through our effective curriculum we aim to equip each child with the skills they need for lifelong learning. We aim to develop confident learners, who take ownership of their learning and are proud of their achievements.
Behaviour Principles Written Statement
Aims and Values:
We aim to provide a caring environment in which everyone can feel happy, safe, valued and respected. We value each individual regardless of their gender, culture, race, religion, disability or ability. We respect everyone, children and adults alike, to treat each other with mutual respect and dignity.
Our Approach to behaviour:
We want school to be enjoyable for every pupil. Pupils should be able to learn, appreciate their lessons, make friends and be enthusiastic about school. We want to develop individuals to be able to make good choices and do the right thing because it is the right thing to do. While it is difficult to eradicate bullying, we do everything in our power to ensure that all children attend school free from fear.
We expect outstanding behaviour. Good behaviour is behaving well when told to do so. Outstanding behaviour is making the right choices to behave well without being told.
“Children want to be respected, their views to be heard, to have stable relationships with professionals built on trust and for consistent support provided for their individual needs. This should guide the behaviour of professionals. Anyone working with children should see and speak to the child; listen to what they say; take their views seriously; and work with them collaboratively when deciding how to support their needs”.
The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year.
At St George’s Junior School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
The Prevent Duty
From 1 July 2015 all schools must have regard to the statutory guidance. Paragraphs 57-76 of the guidance are concerned specifically with schools and childcare providers. Registered early years childcare providers and registered later years childcare providers (referred to in this advice as ‘childcare providers’) are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter- Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to Prevent duty. It applies to a wide range of public-facing bodies.
The Prevent duty: what it means for schools and childcare providers
In order for schools and childcare providers to fulfil the Prevent duty, it is essential that staff are able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and know what to do when they are identified. Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation should be seen as part of schools’ and childcare providers’ wider safeguarding duties, and is similar in nature to protecting children from other harms (e.g. drugs, gangs, neglect, sexual exploitation), whether these come from within their family or are the product of outside influences.
All current staff have received ‘Prevent’ training. As new staff join St George’s Junior School they undergo an induction process. This includes ‘Prevent’. Full training is then accessed as soon as practicably possible.
St George’s Junior School has a Governor who has undertaken ‘Prevent’ training.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
As from 31st October 2015 there is a mandatory reporting duty which requires teachers in England and Wales to report ‘known’ cases of FGM in under 18s which they identify in the course of their professional work to the police.
FGM is taken seriously at St George’s Junior School and all staff sign to state this was discussed at their induction.