Values at Windmill
These core values underpin our vision and everything we do at Windmill L.E.A.D. Academy. They help guide us to lead more meaningful lives through the choices we make and influence our attitudes and behaviours. Furthermore, we want these values to be the key characteristics of our learners.
Every month we focus on a core value:
THIS PICTURE SHOWS HOW OUR VALUES LINK IN WITH THE L.E.A.D. TRUST VALUES.
We launched our values-based education to help facilitate the development of citizenship so that children will grow up to be responsible members of the community who operate with integrity. Values-based education is an approach to teaching and learning that underpins the way the school develops relationships and promotes positive human values.
WHAT IS A VALUE?
A value is a principle which guides our thinking and behaviour. We can never be value free so the process of self-evaluation is crucial if we are to appreciate the effect that our values have on the life of the school.
WHAT IS VALUES-BASED EDUCATION?
- It helps the school community think about and reflect upon positive universal values and the practical implications of expressing them in relation to themselves, others, the community and the world.
- It inspires individuals to choose their own positive personal, social, moral and spiritual values and be aware of ways for developing and deepening them as world citizens.
- It promotes an inclusive school ethos and methods of working that raises achievement and helps pupils to raise their self-esteem and take greater responsibility for their own behaviour and learning.
- Overall, it will enable pupils to examine the kind of life that is worth living and to consider what kind of life they want for themselves.
HOW WILL VALUES-BASED EDUCATION BE IMPLEMENTED?
- Values will be introduced in assembly so children can become familiar with the language and idea. The value will be a core theme running through the assembly programme each month.
- The value of the month will be explored and referred to during class discussion time.
- The value of the month will be shared with parents.
Through high expectations, we endeavour to instil in our learners a positive attitude that feeds a passion for life-long learning, a respect for self, others, diversity and the environment. We will deliver an inclusive curriculum that inspires, nurtures and develops the talents of all our learners. By establishing a welcoming, safe and innovative community, that empowers learners to think and work creatively both independentlyand in teams, Windmill L.E.A.D. Academy will support children to become successful, honest citizens, capable of adapting to the ever-changing world.
We want children to develop resilience and independence in all academic and social domains that can be transferred to the wider world in a respectful way. Windmill learners will be leaders of their own learning; kind, ambitious andconfident builders of their futures. They will be critical thinkers who are reflective, which will enable them to have the courage to enrich their lives and the lives of others around them.
Windmill L.E.A.D. Academy exists to create a community of learners that have respect and integrity at the core of their being.
At Windmill, we envisage that children will be:
- Empowered to work both collaboratively, in teams, and independently;
- Confident in English and Mathematics;
- Leaders within their own learning;
- Courageous in their approach;
- Ambitious for their futures and those around them;
- Resilient against setbacks;
- Curious and creative in their exploration of the curriculum;
- Reflective in their achievements; able to adapt to challenges and goals;
- Appreciative of diversity, cultures and beliefs that exist in our community;
- Respectful and kind towards others, themselves and the environment around them;
- Honest in all situations;
- Literate in technology within the evolving world;
- Knowledgeable in the British Values that support and strengthen our school;
- Able to lead positive, healthy and active lives;
- Able to nurture and value the natural world.
In order to facilitate this, we ensure all children have a curriculum that:
- Is personalised, broad and thematic, equipping pupils for life and fostering a love of life-long learning;
- Enables children to acquire sequential knowledge, understanding, vocabulary and skills, which are based on prior learning and secured through application over time and in different contexts in order to develop understanding (change in long term memory), cultural capital and mastery;
- Is both progressive and based on consolidating and revisiting content over time, to secure learning in the long-term memory;
- Is engaging, interesting and relevant to Windmill’s diverse community, allowing children to seek meaning in their learning and achieve personal growth;
- Draws on and builds an awareness of the wider world, fostering an appreciation of this, and taking children beyond their own experiences;
- Facilitates exploration beyond the classroom and connects learning between subjects and the wider world;
- Gives the opportunity to embed English, mathematical and computing skills across subjects, and allows for the interleaving of concepts and subjects within a mastery approach;
- Provides opportunities to explore and learn about the environment, aspirations, health and diversity;
- Helps children to develop the tools to keep themselves safe, through PSHE and RSE;
- Communicates the highest expectations;
- Utilises pedagogical approaches which are underpinned by contemporary educational research;
- Clearly communicates the learning journey, which children are fully immersed in and encouraged to take ownership of and responsibility for;
- Takes place within an engaging, safe and stimulating environment, which communicates the highest of standards, where children are courageous leaders in their learning;
- Encompasses role models to communicate, interact and collaborate with;
- Provides opportunities to explore and experience ambitions for the future where children are inspired to be successful individuals: authors, mathematicians, innovators, scientists, historians, geographers, artists, musicians, sportspeople and positive citizens;
- Includes a comprehensive approach to well-being, encompassing diet, exercise and mental health;
- Promotes the core values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance, with regard to the current Equalities Act.