"Every individual has the right to learn and develop in a supportive environment that is committed to providing services that empower and promote each young person’s well-being, independence, learning and social skills."
Our Schools are places where everyone is treated with dignity, with respect and is of equal worth.
Our vision is to develop a highly effective learning community with no barriers only potential!
To achieve our vision, we aim to:
Treat all our pupils’ as individuals, ensuring a unique pathway to their individual goals.
Create a happy, safe and secure learning environment where all the pupils’ needs are met, where progress, achievements and success are recognised and praised.
Promote the pupils’ spiritual, physical and emotional well-being so that they are secure, confident and well-motivated.
Help pupils acquire the knowledge, skills and confidence, which enable them to lead as full, interesting and independent life as possible.
Develop the pupils’ personal responsibility and encouraging decision making and choice, communicating through whatever means appropriate.
Provide a wide range of personalised appropriate learning experiences, which are both exciting and challenging.
Listen, respect and value the pupils’ voice and their contributions.
Offer opportunities of working co-operatively alongside others, developing friendships and respect for others.
Foster positive relationships with parents and other professionals.
Ensure that all pupils can follow their individual academic and social pathways to success.
The Pupils’ are the centre of every decision taken.
Learning takes place in an environment that is appropriate to the needs of the Pupil.
Exceptional learning opportunities where everyone realises their potential
An Innovative Curriculum that enriches learning, that promotes well-being and improves the life chances of young people.
Commitment to the safeguarding of all young people is a key focus throughout the organisation.
High standards of executive leadership, with financial security and effective management supported by efficient services is embedded in all areas to enable excellent outcomes.
High quality professional development and professional behaviour is valued.
Effective and Collaborative partnerships are promoted with all stakeholders to develop outstanding SEND provision.
Seva Special School has British Values at the heart of its ethos and curriculum. Our dedication to ensuring that our pupils leave the school as independent and responsible citizens, meaning that our work supports and fulfils the school’s duty to promote British Values, as defined by the DFE document ‘Promoting fundamental British Values through SMSC in schools’. The document can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/promoting-fundamental-british-values-through-smsc
At Seva Special School, we take every opportunity to promote the fundamental British values of:
The rule of law
Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
In actively promoting British Values, we also focus on and can show, how our work with pupils is effective in embedding fundamental British Values. Actively promoting also means challenging pupils, staff, parents or carers that may express opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including extremist views.
Our school values encapsulate those of Britain. They are clear, unequivocal and phrased so that all our pupils can understand them. These are:
These values are displayed in all classes and are at the heart of our Seva Education – so that pupils can understand these better.
1: Promoting Democracy The school has an active School Council, made up of democratically elected pupils, who meet regularly and inform decision making around the school. Surveys of pupils, parents and staff are carried out annually to gather opinions about all aspects of the school and results influence the school improvement plan. The school operates a system of restorative practice to resolve conflicts in peaceful and fair ways. Every person involved has a voice in this process.
As part of our SMSC, form time lessons, pupils are given general knowledge of public institutions and services and how these are held to account. In all lessons, pupils are encouraged to express, share and challenge their points of view in an atmosphere of respect.
2: Promoting the Rule of Law Pupils are actively taught to distinguish between right and wrong and to make reparation as needed. Pupils are taught that there are positive and negative consequences to their actions, and that breaking school rules has clear and predictable outcomes, as with British law.
When school rules are discussed, Pupils can see how they are designed to protect everyone in the school community. We work in partnership with our police liaison officer, to give advice on personal safety but also to reinforce messages that some activities are illegal and what the consequences might be. We place an emphasis on sports and promoting the rules and laws of team games.
3: Promoting Individual Liberty Our school aims to help each pupil achieve self-confidence, initiative and independence. We actively teach pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour as well as knowing their rights. We educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education.
As a school, pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety assemblies and tutor time. We challenge stereotypes in all areas of the curriculum and are truly inclusive, so that all pupils can participate fully in all areas of the curriculum, including opportunities where pupils develop their understanding of important issues and debates. Bullying, though rare, is taken seriously and addressed swiftly. We believe in Freedom of speech and the responsibilities that come with this, are modelled through pupil participation and that we respect each other’s viewpoints.
4: Promoting Respect and Tolerance The curriculum and ethos promotes respect for individual difference. Religious Education and PSHE for all pupils, along with other curriculum areas help pupils acquire an understanding of and respect for their own and other cultures and ways of life. Each year the school will hold Diversity days. We ensure that any prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour is challenged and recorded, with pupils made aware of the seriousness of such incidents.
Mutual Respect: Our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’ and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy. Pupils learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. Staff and pupils treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs: The school is a multi-cultural and multi-faith positive ethos. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Assemblies, Religious Education, tutor time and through the skills lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.