Values, Attitudes, and Personal Development

Values, Attitudes, and Personal Development

Social and emotional development is central to our curriculum and ethos. Breakfast, break time, lunch, and PSHCEE are focal points for the facilitation of this development; however, it is acutely important that social and emotional learning is embedded throughout the entire day.

Developing our pupil’s social skills and teaching them about healthy living, preparing them for life in modern Britain and enabling them to make positive life choices is of considerable importance. A weekly formal lesson of PSHCEE is not enough in a school setting such as ours, which is why we have an embedded values-centred curriculum, and family-style mealtimes where possible.

We also link PSHCEE and Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development (SMSC) across the curriculum.

We aim to develop all pupils’:

Spiritual Development (s)

  • Ability to be reflective about themselves
  • Use of imagination and creativity in their learning
  • Willingness to reflect on their experiences

Moral Development (m)

  • Understanding of right and wrong
  • Respect for the rule of law in modern Britain
  • Understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions

Social Development (s)

  • Use of a range of social skills in different contexts
  • Willingness to participate, learn to cooperate well with others, and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
  • Understanding of and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

Cultural Development (c)

  • Understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school, in London and in the United Kingdom
  • Knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system
  • Positive participation to artistic, sporting, and cultural opportunities
  • Improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity

British values

WhiteTrees School incorporates the promotion of its values through PSHCEE lessons and at any other appropriate opportunities throughout the school year. Each half-term we highlight a different set of values, explore what they mean and why they are important for us as a school and as part of a wider community.

Our WhiteTrees education values:

• Form the basis for learning conversations around the school

• Contribute to the planning and content of discrete and formal PSHCEE lessons

• Teach PSHCEE formally at KS3 & 4, following our own scheme of work in accordance our whole school values curriculum which emphasises:

     – Developing our confidence and making the most of our abilities, including setting ourselves goals and celebrating achievements

     – Preparing to play an active role as citizens and developing our awareness of the importance of the communities to which we belong

    – Developing a healthier, safer lifestyle and knowing how to stay safe online

    – Developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people