Another interesting afternoon as a Governor of Unsworth Primary School. Mr Cohen, Mr Howarth and I spent the afternoon carrying out a Learning Walk looking at how the school promotes British Values. You can learn more about what this means by visiting the SMSC section of the website.
We met with Mrs Ali first and she explained to us how the school sets out to promote British Values under 5 themes: Mutual Respect, Democracy, Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs, Rule of Law and Individual Liberty. We then set out to explore how this is put into practice. We visited an RE lesson, looked at the displays in the classrooms, hall and corridors, looked at some pupils’ books from each class, checked out the website and talked to the School Council. We found lots and lots of evidence from all these activities that showed that the school is clearly very successful at putting into practice what it sets out to achieve under each of the 5 themes. We particularly liked the fact that children are encouraged to add their own personal contributions to the many displays. For example on the display “We all have dreams” one child had written “I have a dream that I will grow up to be a lovely lady and also a caring doctor”.
I also know that Mr Howarth had a great time meeting with the School Council. We will very shortly be sharing with staff a full report of the outcomes of our Learning Walk.
Thanks, once again, to all the staff and children for making us so welcome.
[Sheila Gaskell, Vice Chair of Governors]