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Teaching

Behaviour Management

At Oaklands School our vision is to provide positive learning for life.

This means we place an emphasis on nurturing relationships and building rapport, setting the stage for trust, connection and communication to thrive. We then look to personalise each learner’s educational journey, building those key skills and breaking down barriers to enable, empower and encourage each pupils learning. This requires individualised assessment, careful measurement of performance and adaptations that reflect a sensitivity to the pupils’ experience. We take a functional, contextual and circumstantial view of our pupils conduct. We don’t seek to blame, shame, label or punish them. Instead we seek to understand why, when and how they behave and then place an emphasis on teaching replacement skills, motivating and shaping, prompting and teaching new skills.

 

British Values

We uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as:

 

Democracy

Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have an opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council. The elections of members of the School Council are based on pupil votes. This supports pupils to understand how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process. Our School Council is able to genuinely effect change within the school.

 

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws and rules, whether they are 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 value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.

 

Individual Liberty

Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety teaching and personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education education.

Mutual Respect

Children learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. Pupils are constantly reminded about working positively with others and how working as part of a team can support the development of positive relationships and an understanding of others. We aim to encourage honesty, trust, and meaningful communication with both staff and pupils at all times and this is reinforced on a lesson by lesson basis.

 

Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society; such work is delivered through the PSHE programme at all key stages and through weekly themed assemblies. We use opportunities to study and learn about life and culture in other countries and this is further reinforced through the daily themes where specific countries around the world form a key focus.

Our British Values Policy.

Careers Advice and Guidance

The government’s Careers Strategy, launched in December 2017, and statutory guidance published in January 2018 set out the requirements for schools and colleges to provide a programme of advice and guidance that is stable, structured and delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience. To achieve this aim, the careers strategy sets out that every school providing secondary education should use the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks to develop and improve their careers provision. The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 aspects which together provide high quality careers provision in schools. These are:

A stable careers programme::

  • Learning from career and labour market information

  • Addressing individual needs

  • Linking the curriculum to careers

  • Encounters with employers and employees

  • Experiences of workplaces

  • Encounters with further and higher education where appropriate

 

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

PSHE at Oaklands School is an integral and important part of the curriculum. The subject is delivered by the class teacher as both discrete lessons and within our inclusive curriculum. A range of teaching and learning styles are used. PSHE is delivered with an emphasis on active learning, this include the involvement of the children in discussions, investigations and problem-solving activities.

 

We encourage the children to take part in practical activities that promotes active citizenship. Pupils are able to participate in discussions to resolve conflicts or set agreed classroom rules of behaviour. The three core themes are covered:

  • Health and wellbeing

  • Living in the wider world

  • Relationships

 

Relationships and Sex Education and PSHE

The RSE and PSHE curriculum at Oaklands School allows for the teaching of Relationships and Sex Education as well as Personal, Social, Health and Education. A variety of topics are covered, these include:

  • Safety in forming and maintaining relationships

  • Characteristics of healthy relationships

  • How relationships may affect mental and physical health

  • Healthy bodies and lifestyles, including keeping safe, puberty, drugs and alcohol education

  • Healthy minds, including emotional wellbeing, resilience

  • Economic wellbeing and financial capability are also covered

 

Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural Education (SMSC)

Citizenship, British Values, the Prevent Strategy and Personal Development are evident in all areas of our broad and inclusive curriculum. We provide opportunities at Oaklands School to ensure that pupils are well prepared to live in modern Britain and to positively engage. It is our responsibility to encourage pupils to respect the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. At Oaklands this responsibility is taken seriously. It is recognised that there may be occasions when our pupils face difficulties related to their special educational needs.

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