The Olive Tree Primary School promotes excellence in all aspects of school life.
School leadership, teachers, support staff, together with parents, ensure:
• Respect For Excellence – High expectations, aspirations and a spirit of excellence.
• Personalised Learning and Success – With an understanding that every individual is unique and special, the school nurtures, supports and develops individuals using 21st century learning technology to achieve and succeed.
• All Pupils are Inspired to Achieve – The pupils are supported and challenged to realise their full potential.
The school has an Islamic religious character inspired by the origins of the Muslim faith.
Through the values of Islam, we develop the core universal principles of equality, fairness, peace, compassion, trust and respect for all people through the school ethos, and a belief that we are all part of, and are contributing to, something far greater than ourselves. These values are evident in the behaviour and relationships between all pupils, staff and wider stakeholders in the school.
The school promotes mutual respect between pupils, building self-confidence in each child and creating an atmosphere of collaborative learning and a reflective community with strong values underpinned by the teachings of the Islamic faith.
Striving for the highest possible standards of attainment sits comfortably alongside this ethos of mutual support and understanding. Challenge to improve is best suited to a climate where relationships are characterised by self-confidence and mutual respect.
The Promotion and teaching of British Values.
The Department for Education has 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, 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 The Olive Tree Primary School these values are reinforced regularly in the following ways:
Democracy is rife within our school. Pupil Voice provides our pupils with the opportunity to have their voice heard through our ‘Cool Councillor’ school council and pupil questionnaires. Every pupil has a say at our very own ‘ballot box’ which emulates local and national elections on who will be their choice of ‘Cool Councillor’ on an annual basis.
- The Rule of Law
The importance of the Law, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the values and reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police; Fires Services, etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
- Individual Liberty
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons, and Philosophy for children. Whether it be through ‘Challenge’ time or participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs, pupils are given the freedom to make choices. Each one of our pupils belongs to ‘house’ that represents one of our school values.
- Mutual Respect
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy revolves around one of our core values ‘Respect’. Pupils have participated in discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy. Activities such as collaboration which require respect & mutual trust in order to succeed are regularly promoted.
- Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school, such as the local Hindu Temple, Multicultural week each allows exploration of other faiths, cultures and beliefs in more depth. In addition to Islam pupils explore other religions each year such as Christianity, Judaism, Sikhism and Hinduism.
The ‘Educate Against Hate’ website was launched by HM Government on 19 January 2016. The website offers practical advice to parents, teachers and school leaders on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation.