The quality of each pupil’s physical, intellectual and spiritual development is our shared prime responsibility. For us, this responsibility lies first with the class teacher with whom each pupil will develop a special relationship, and also with all adults working in the school. In order that care can be exercised with sensitivity and competence, it is vital that school and home maintain open, positive links. Whilst there are set times for parents/teachers meetings on open days, parents are welcome to make an appointment for the end of the school day to discuss urgent issues.
The teaching of Religious Education is in accordance with the Oxfordshire Agreed Syllabus. We aim, through this framework, to promote the spiritual and moral development of the pupils, to help them gain personal skills in forming reasoned opinions and to foster a knowledge, understanding and tolerance of a variety of religions and their beliefs and practices in our multi-cultural society. Christianity is the main focus/component of this syllabus. We also develop a strong awareness of other world religions.
Religious Education may be taught as an integral part of topic work, as a discreet subject and through many aspects of the school day.
The teaching of R.E. will respect the various backgrounds and family beliefs of all children. When appropriate, visits will be made to places of worship and visiting speakers will be invited into school.
This takes place on a daily basis. The format for these assemblies will vary between whole school, key stage and class. Whilst we would expect children to take part in religious education and these assemblies, parents do have the right to withdraw their child from the above based upon their own religious beliefs.
Sex and Relationships
Particular emphasis is placed upon health education. The school encourages, by example and through academic and pastoral arrangements, the promotion of attitudes, practices and understanding conducive to good health. These arrangements may include helping children to understand their own bodies in the context of personal health, community health and behaviour and giving regard to such issues as diet, drugs awareness, smoking, road safety and personal relationships.
Sex education is integrated into the curriculum and not taken out of context, or unduly emphasised. Questions are not discouraged, but answered factually and openly by all members of staff, taking into account the needs of children and their readiness for knowledge. Sex education is always presented in the context of family life; that is responsible, loving and happy relationships and respect for others. We consult parents before beginning sex education and welcome parental involvement in this aspect of each child’s moral development.
Our framework of expectations for behaviour is for the benefit of everybody. We believe that good behaviour is as much to do with praise as with punishment. The best discipline is self-discipline and we will encourage the children to take responsibility for themselves. However, there are occasions when this breaks down. When this occurs, it is the class teacher who will deal with minor incidents and reinforce the pattern of expectation by re-emphasising the importance of fairness for everyone and the need for an appropriate apology. If sanctions have to be imposed, it will be not merely to punish, but with the intention of encouraging greater self control and awareness. From time to time a child may be sent to a senior teacher, or the Headteacher if further reinforcement is necessary. Our aim is to keep a close dialogue between home and school at all times, and we would naturally share with you any concerns, with regard to behaviour, at the earliest opportunity.
NO CHILD WILL BE ALLOWED TO DISRUPT THE PROGRESS OF OTHERS IN CLASS
Parents are asked to note this when choosing Bure Park as their child’s school
The basic principle of the Education Reform Act 1988 is that the educational activities essential to the requirements of the National Curriculum should be free of charge if they take place mainly during school hours. This means that voluntary contributions may be requested for certain activities. When this applies, parents will be notified in advance. Pupils whose parents choose not to contribute, will not be identified or, in any way, be treated differently.