In my last blog, I outlined the new vision and values that will be implemented at Melksham Oak Community School. This emphasis on the new values of respect, ambition, and pride will help to develop an excellent school environment that facilitates learning and opportunities for all students.
These values are not just crucial for the development of our school community, but also to the relevance and quality of our teaching. They will pervade everything we do and guide our teaching to further improve outcomes for our students.
The method of placing these values at the centre of our teaching is called values-based education (VbE). VbE is an approach to teaching that utilises values to create a strong learning environment that enhances academic achievement and develops students’ social and relationship skills. The successful learning environment is established by staff modelling these positive values throughout the school.
VbE allows us to underpin our curriculum with positive human values. This results in students developing strong ethics and morals as well as being driven to learn, thrive, and help others succeed. In doing so, we develop our students as young people, as well as learners.
Values-based education is something that I am extremely passionate about. I believe implementing this teaching method will enforce an array of positive outcomes that benefit every member of our school community.
My commitment to this style of teaching is shared and supported by The White Horse Federation. Their assistance empowers us, as a school, to make great strides forward and provide our students with the quality of education they deserve.