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Our guide to The Oaky Family Values

Back in 2013,  as a staff, we explored what we believed to be the key learning values and attitudes for our children. This discussion, following consultation with parents and children, was the beginning of The Oaky 5; Be Respectful,  Be Committed, Be Creative, Be Flexible and Be Yourself. These were a set of behaviours and core values to invest in, so our children have the fundamental skills as they move towards becoming successful adult members of a community. All members of the school community 'bought into' the Oaky 5, which were acknowedged positively during our most recent Ofsted inspection in 2019. 

During our Year 6 exit questionnaire, a group of children worked together with Miss Coates and Mr Cole to adapt The Oaky 5, so that they better reflected the current climate of learning behaviours and attitiudes; especially after the pandemic. The children rebranded The Oaky 5 as The Oaky Family Values. These are: 

  • Be Respectful
  • Be Resilient
  • Be Responsible
  • Be Inspired
  • Be Imaginative
  • Be Yourself
  • Be Honest

The children were passionate about retaining some of The Oaky 5 values but felt that 'imaginative' was more appropriate than 'creative' because many of the children thought creative was just in terms of art, as opposed to poetry, problem solving and technology, for example. They were very passionate about including 'Be Honest'. Our Oaky Family Values also link to the British Values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith, which weave throughout the whole of our curriculum. Our Oaky Family Values are taught throughout all lessons and during discrete lessons such as assemblies and PSHE sessions. 

They are displayed in every classroom within school. 

Our Oaky Family Values are also closely aligned with the 'Ten Positive States of being' as well as our school motto 'Embrace, Laugh, learn. 

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