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School Mission Statement
· To provide the highest quality of education, and for all pupils to be challenged and motivated to achieve their highest standards in all aspects of learning, and personal/social development.
· To enable pupils to maximise their potential and to provide the opportunity to develop into a well rounded individual.
· To provide good role models which equip children with the skills needed to become good citizens and positive members of the school and wider communities.
· To develop and encourage skills required to become independent thinkers.
· To behave in a way that is respectful towards others and be responsible for their own behaviour, respecting the right of others to learn.
At Askam Village School the health, safety and well-being of all our children are of paramount importance to all the adults who work here. All of our children have the right to protection, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or disability. They have a right to be safe in our school; this is enhanced by the adoption of the Whole School Behaviour Policy which includes our procedures for preventing and dealing with cases of bullying.
Askam Village School regards Child Protection as an essential task of all its staff, governors and visitors/volunteers who come into school. We are committed to protecting children and safeguarding pupils in school.
The use of circle time, PHSE curriculum time and assembly time help to develop appropriate attitudes in our children and makes them aware of the impact of their decisions on others.
We will ensure the content of the curriculum includes social and emotional aspects of learning and that child protection is included in the curriculum to help children stay safe, recognise when they don’t feel safe and identify who they might/can talk to. We provide a curriculum that will help to equip our children with the skills they need including materials and learning experiences that will encourage our children to develop essential life skills and protective behaviours. The PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) Curriculum will include elements of how children can recognise different risks in different situations and how to behave in response. It will equip children with the skills needed to keep themselves safe and empower them to feel safe.
Askam Village School recognises the importance of creating and promoting a positive, supportive, neutral and secure environment where pupils can develop a sense of being valued and heard in their own right and where they feel safe, secure and respected. We aim to provide suitable support and guidance so that students have a range of appropriate adults to approach if they are in difficulties and ensure they know adults in school can be approached if they are worried or in difficulty. We will encourage them to talk openly and enable them to feel confident that they will be listened to.
We are also committed to establishing a safe physical environment in which children can learn and develop both personally and academically and achieve success in the following as stated in the Children Act 2004:
· Be healthy (physically, mentally and emotionally);
· Stay Safe (protection from harm and neglect);
· Enjoy and Achieve (via education, training and recreation);
· Make a positive contribution to the school community and general society;
· Achieve social and economic well-being.
Every effort will be made to work in partnership with other agencies and seek to establish effective working relationships with parents, carers and other colleagues so enabling the Governing Body to fulfil their duty to have arrangements about safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children introduced by Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 and the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (as amended by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012) in place.
"The Governing Body of a maintained school shall make arrangements for ensuring that their functions relating to the conduct of the school are exercised with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children who are pupils at the school" - Education Act 2002. Reference: Section 175.
There is no place for extremist views of any kind in our school, whether from internal sources – pupils, staff, visiting adults, governors etc. or external sources – school community, external agencies or individuals.
Any prejudice, discrimination or extremist views, including derogatory language, displayed by pupils, staff, visitors or parents will always be challenged and, where appropriate, dealt with. Where misconduct by a teacher is proven, the matter will be referred to the National College for Teaching and Leadership for their consideration. Misconduct by other staff will be dealt with under normal school disciplinary procedures.
We 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. We ensure that partisan political views are not promoted in the teaching of any subject in the school and where political issues are brought to the attention of the pupils, reasonably practicable steps are taken to offer a balanced presentation of opposing views to pupils.