All children at Ambler Primary are involved in ‘show and tell’ assemblies where they have the opportunity to share their learning, often through drama, dance and narrative.
The children plan and lead these assemblies and parents are invited in once a term to share in their success. All are encouraged to take ownership of their assembly by writing scripts, agreeing on how they present information and supporting each other through the performance.
Other areas where pupil voice can be identified are as follows :
The school has had a School Council for many years and in the past it has been an active and thriving group. However, we are becoming a larger school which means that the school has worked on developing the structure of the school council. The School Council will apply and demonstrate our core DREAMS values and encourage their application across the school and wider community.
At the head of the school council are the head boy and head girl. This position is voted for annually by every child at Ambler Primary . Four girls and four boys from year 5 are nominated each year in November by the staff body. These four then take part in a hustings in front of the whole school and the head boy and girl are duly elected. The position of the head boy and girl is highly respected and in the past the head boy and girl have shown visiting dignitaries around ,assisted on tours for prospective parents and teachers .They have been part of selection panels during teacher recruitment and represented the school on outside events such as the Cambridge University trip in July 2015 and Pure Voices in the same month .
Other roles at the school include the ‘toilet development committee ‘ which is a representative from each year group who have worked with the head teacher in all aspects of planning the junior school toilet refurbishment . We have reading hub monitors who support reading club at lunchtime, ICT hub monitors who support the ICT club, stair monitors who ensure that the movement around the school is in line with our behaviour policy and peer buddies who are trained by our learning mentor to play with children in the infants who may be struggling to make friends.
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At Ambler Primary we want our children to understand what it is to be a good citizen, to have a thorough understanding of freedom, equality, and fairness. We aim for all children to leave Ambler Primary well prepared for secondary school, the next stage in their education and for life in modern Britain. The British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs are embedded within our curriculum, shown in assemblies and valued in our behaviours towards one another. In May, on General Election Day we held a full mock general election following a series of assemblies on the beliefs of the main political parties. All children from year 1 upwards cast their individual vote at the Ambler polling station in a voting booth. IN this way we bring British Values to life . These values are particularly linked to our school values DREAMS ::
Our school values are promoted through all areas of school life; they are modelled by staff and reflected in displays throughout the school and in the children’s behaviour and attitudes. The school’s reward system is based on the promotion of these values, praising children when they demonstrate one of the values through their approach to learning, behaviour around school and how they treat members of the school community and wider community. Children have ‘Tea with the head teacher, Ms.Benis ‘ on a weekly basis if they are identified as having met a particular DREAMS value at our weekly DREAMS assembly .At this tea they have the opportunity to discuss their views on the school and what they like and would like to change. They also have the opportunity to nominate an adult at Ambler who they feel has encompassed the DREAMS behaviours . Pupils also learn about the values through assemblies, class PSHE lesson, Circle Time, RE and P4C (Philosophy for Children) sessions.
The school is aware of the need to be vigilant when it comes to any extremist attitudes or behaviour and appropriate actions will be taken accordingly. All staff are aware of the need to alert the Senior Leadership Team and Governing Body if they have any concerns of this nature.
Our overriding aim is to teach children to be resilient to extremism. This involves pupils being taught how to ask probing questions and make sound judgements for themselves about what is right and wrong. Our Curriculum and teaching of RE enables pupils to learn that there are many differing views and experiences in the world outside of their own. The Senior Leadership Team have all completed PREVENT training.
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