UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Article 29 (goals of education)
Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, their own and other cultures.
The school recognises it has an important role to play in the personal and social education of each pupil. We aim to help all pupils develop a positive regard for themselves and for others and to acquire life skills which will enable them to participate effectively in society. They are taught to identify, review and evaluate the values of themselves and of society and to recognise that these affect their lives. We encourage pupils to take increasing responsibility for their own lives and learning and to develop the confidence to show initiative and imagination.
The development of the programme for Education for Citizenship is an integral part of the curriculum from P1-P7. We provide opportunities for our pupils to:
• participate in decision making.
• participate actively in relevant learning experience across the curriculum.
• learn to make connections between different areas of study through cross curricular experiences relevant to education for citizenship.
• understand and participate in the life of the communities to which they belong.
Positive behaviour is evident throughout the school. Children are staff work cooperatively in a culture of mutual respect and understanding. A happy, industrious environment exists where everyone is aware of, and respects the needs of others.
The school takes a positive approach to disciplining children with the emphasis on praise and reward. In order to promote positive behaviour and attitudes and introduce an element of competition, a House System is operating in the school. Each pupil is a member of either Skye, Shetland, Orkney or Arran and work of a high standard, effort, improvement, helping others, good manners, etc. are all rewarded with a house point. Certificates for Good Citizenship are presented throughout the year. These are awarded to pupils who have been nominated by their peers. Successes and achievements out with the school are also celebrated. If, however, a pupil breaks a school rule or their behaviour is disruptive, the class teacher shall deal with the offender at their discretion. In the case of persistent offenders or serious misconduct, the appropriate promoted member of staff shall be consulted and action taken at their discretion. The Head Teacher will be informed of such cases and may take further action, if necessary. This may involve parents and it is to be hoped that the co-operation of parents in this process, which is vital to its success, will continue.