Ryvers provides a Values-based Curriculum. This means that we promote and teach a set of values to our pupils that will ensure they develop the skills to be good citizens in the future. We support our curriculum with a set of principles that are embedded into teaching and learning in order to develop improved social and emotional skills that will positively affect behaviour.
Teaching children Values improves pupils’ self-esteem, improves their behaviour and raises standards of learning even higher.
“Why do we behave the way we do? What is it that drives us to give to charity or to help children to develop as happy, stable people? It is our values that determine our thinking and our behaviour. They are the principles, standards or life stances that act as guides to our behaviour. They are our beliefs about what is worthwhile, the ideals for which we strive. They are the standards by which particular beliefs and actions are judged to be good or desirable. They help us make decisions and evaluate the actions of others.” (Dr Neil Hawkes – www.neilhawkes.com)
Each week we lead special Values Assemblies, teachers also explore the ‘Values of the Term’ in PSHE lessons. Wherever possible the values of the term are taught in other areas of the curriculum. Most importantly, adults in the school ensure that we are role-models for each of the values.
There are 12 values that we consider to be universal: