Wilton CE Primary School
Dignity and Respect
How we live this out in our school – a celebration of excellence
All children come from different backgrounds and experiences. All children learn in different ways. No matter their background, experience or learning, all children at Wilton are treated with dignity and respect. Our biblical underpinning of Romans 12:4-8 supports our overarching vision of Everyone Belongs, Everyone Achieves.
Dignity and respect to others is especially referenced in Romans 12:6 ‘So we use our different gifts in accordance with the grace that God has given us.’ The vision is lived out across the school with all staff having the same expectations of children, no matter if they are in our mainstream classrooms or resource base. All children at Wilton have equity, if they need additional support they get it, to ensure that they are able to achieve their very best. Our resource base sits at the heart of our school and demonstrates very well how all children need different support to achieve their very best.
How we achieved this
Staff are given very specific training on supporting children with differing needs, ensuring that they are treated with dignity and respect. For example, teachers will re-write a section of harder text so that children who struggle to access the harder text are able to read it, but still access the same learning as everyone else. Support is provided for all children who need it in a way that suits them. Some children who may have had a difficult start in life are supported to learning in an environment that they are more comfortable with, the specialist Thrive room is used for children who need extra learning breaks before they are able to complete their expected class learning.
Every member of staff knows that some children need extra support to achieve their best and provide this in an unobtrusive way, whether this is in class or through specialist interventions. This includes MDSAs who provide additional support to children at lunch time who may struggle to interact socially with others.
The difference that it makes
Children within the school feel as though are treated with dignity and respect, in line with our Christian values. They are able to achieve the very best for them and go on to the next phase of their education confidently and with life skills. The children enjoy coming to school and they do not feel isolated compared to their peers.
‘I like learning in the Thrive room, I feel safe and happy in there’ – Year 5 Girl.
‘Providing individualised support for children means they achieve the best for them.’ – Teaching Assistant.
‘Each child needs a ladder, treating each child with dignity means they get a different type of ladder to reach the same apple.’ – Resource Base Teacher.