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3UNDERSTAND SCHOOL ETHOS, MISSION, AIMS AND VALUES

3.1 EXPLAIN HOW THE ETHOS, MISSION, AIMS AND VALUES OF A SHOOL MAY BE REFLECTED IN WORKING PRACTICES.

First I will explain what each of the above means as follows:

ETHOS

This is the school’s values and beliefs …how it feels. It is usually based on a philosophy or atmosphere of the school.

MISSION

This is the school’s overall intention, as set out by the Head Teacher. It is often equivalent to a motto and should be short, simple and easy to remember.

AIMS

This is usually found in the prospectus or school literature. The Head Teacher will usually set it.

VALUES

They are based on the school’s moral code, which will inform its development. They are at the heart of many communities and belief systems. They will usually include: respect for self, respect for others and are related to Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) and Citizenship Education.

These four things should always be reflected in the working practices of the staff. Pupils and staff alike should carry them out in their day-to-day practice.

* Children at the centre of everything – Children should be valued in the school and their culture, learning and development should be celebrated in a variety of ways. * Working together – It should be clear that children should work together effectively to achieve part of the learning process and forming relationships with each other. * Attitudes of pupils and staff – There should be a positive atmosphere, demonstrated through the way in which pupils and staff take pride in their surroundings and where their learning takes place. * Community cohesions – This is the way in which the school develops links with external members of the community. * Inclusive environment – A positive reinforcement of diversity and equal opportunities should be part of a schools commitment for a safe and secure learning environment for all pupils.

3.2EVALUATE METHODS OF COMMUNICATING A SCHOOL’S ETHOS, MISSION, AIMS AND VALUES

This should be communicated as much as possible. Some of the ways in which to do this
Would be to put literature on the website as well as in the school. These sources will be
where parents and others gain their first impressions.

4KNOW ABOUT THE LEGISLATION AFFECTING SCHOOLS

4.1SUMMARISE THE LAWS AND CODES OF PRACTICE AFFECTING WORK IN SCHOOLS

Schools have to operate under current legislation like any other organization. Some key
Pieces of legislation are:

* Data Protection Act 1998
* UN Convention on Rights of the Child 1989
* Education Act 2002
* Children Act 2004
* Childcare Act 2006
* Freedom of information Act 2000
* Human Rights Act 1998
* Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice 2001 and Disability Discrimination Act 1995/2005

4.2EXPLAIN HOW LEGISLATION AFFECTS HOW SCHOOLS WORK

THE DATA PROTECTION ACT 1998

Means that schools need to keep and use information only for the purpose for which it was intended. It also needs to be kept securely on site. Anything needing updating should be done on the school premises only. All information about pupils should be considered confidential, it should not be shared with others, unless parental consent is given, i.e. if you were working as a support assistant you share only necessary information.

THE UN CONVENTION ON RIGHTS OF THE CHILD 1989

There are 54 articles included, those which directly relate to the schools are as follows:

* Article 2 – Children have the right to protection from any form of discrimination. * Article 3 – the best interest of the child is the primary consideration. * Article 12 – children are entitled to express their views – which should be given consideration in keeping with the child’s age and maturity. * Article 13 – Children have the right to receive and share...
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