Values-based Education

At Heritage International School it is our aim to raise standards by promoting a school ethos which is underpinned by core values. These values support the development of the whole child as a reflective learner within a calm, caring, happy and purposeful atmosphere.

Children are taught how their school values underpin everything their school does, supporting their understanding of how these values underpin our society. Our school ensures that core values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the wider values-based philosophy that infuses the ethos and work of the school.

The skills and attributes developed through the teaching of values enhance the curriculum and pupils’ learning behaviours, and raise attainment, attendance and pupil wellbeing.

In order for the school’s purpose to be effective and for the values to be meaningful to the pupils, the staff understand that the basic needs of children are:

  • To be loved.
  • To feel secure and know clearly what is expected of them.
  • To be valued.
  • To have help to develop relationships.
  • To develop self-awareness and a knowledge of the world outside of themselves.
  • To have creative experiences, including external exploration and internal reflection.
  • To be fully involved in the process of education.

In order to meet the needs of children, staff try always to be consistent in their own behaviour and in their expectations of the children. They:

  • Value all the children.
  • Display great patience and listen carefully to children.
  • Focus on and emphasise the positive.
  • Face reality and help pupils to come to terms with difficult issues as they arise
  • Only disapprove of poor behaviour, never the child
  • Are mutually supportive.
  • Have a good sense of humour.
  • Communicate with parents to ensure that they appreciate the school’s values and to ensure that there is a common understanding.