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Value of the Month

This month's value is:

This month we are looking at the value of Freedom. This links in with one of the fundamental British values of "individual liberty".

Freedom is about expressing things, not keeping them to yourself. If you express things to people you know and love it helps you feel better. They can help you deal with your situation and then you can just forget about it and think only the happy things.

Freedom is also about your individual rights - both the Human Rights Act as well as the United Nations Convention for the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

Thinking about rights - we also need to be responsible. If we have the right to an education - then we need to be responsible for making sure that everyone else has their right to education too.


Therefore, the value of freedom is just as much about WE as it is about ME.

Over the next few weeks we will look at all the aspects of this important value.

Previous Values include:

Cooperation is one of our 4 main values as it is such a vital trait that will serve children well their whole lives. 


Cooperation  is when two or more people work together so that they are all better off.  


For cooperation to work, everyone has to be an active member of the team and do what they agree to do.


People who are working as a team and cooperating with each other:

  • listen to each other without interrupting
  • encourage everyone to join in
  • are willing to hear and accept the ideas of others
  • are willing to change roles in the group, eg. may be a leader sometimes and a follower at other times
  • recognise the skills and strengths of others
  • don't compete with each other
  • discuss problems calmly
  • show respect for each other
  • take responsibility for their part of the task
  • are willing to work towards the success of the group rather than their own individual success
  • have good communication skills. 

Being kind and thoughtful means making ourselves aware of the needs and feelings of others and then taking action to help them. It means taking the time to stop thinking about ourselves, to put the spotlight on somebody else's needs and to think, "What can I do to make that person's life a little better or easier?"


Any time of the year is a perfect opportunity to show how thoughtful we can all be - the skill is to ensure we do it every moment of every day.

Dr Neil Hawkes - the founder of Values based Education which we follow stated:

"What can we do? May I suggest a useful tool that can help us become more thoughtful? It is called the wisdom cycle. Just before speaking or taking an action train your mind to: pause — reflect — act. By pausing for a few seconds your brain is given time to reflect on the consequences of your proposed action. Is this a wise thing to do? Will I hurt someone’s feelings by saying this? The process, which takes hardly any time, can literally be a lifesaver."

Empathy is:


  • Thinking about how people are feeling.
  • Considering the feelings of other before you act/react.
  • Putting yourself in someone else's shoes and consider how they are feeling and thinking.
  • Is being aware of how we might impact the feelings of others.


Actions that show this value:

• Looking at someone and using their body language to realise they are upset or not enjoying what is happening. • Stopping before we say something hurtful to somebody.

• Offering to help someone with a big or difficult task like tidying up the dining hall or carrying lots of books.

• Asking someone if they are ok if they seem different, worried or upset.

• Being compassionate towards others.

• Helping people when they are sad


Actions that don’t show this value:

• Saying hurtful and personal comments about someone.

• Hurting someone physically

• Leaving someone out.

• Not sharing.

• Not offering to help someone when you can see they are busy or finding something hard work.

• Not listening to someone because you think they are less important.

• Not showing compassion.

• Judging people based on their emotions


What does empathy look like?

People who show empathy:

• Think about the feelings other people might be feeling

• Think about what people might might think and feel because of our actions

• Show kindness to everyone People who show empathy realise:

• That everyone has feelings, including adults

• That we can make people feel better and worse

• That everyone deserves kindness


People show empathy by:  

  • Listening to each other calmly and fairly
  • Speaking to each other nicely and in a positive way so not to hurt feelings
  • Ask if others are ok
  • Being helpful and kind
  • Treating others like they themselves would like to be treated.