Attitude To Learning
One In A Million Free School (OIAMFS) is committed to ensuring that the school environment is safe and conducive to learning, ensuring high achievement for all students, irrespective of their differing needs. The school aims to promote the OIAMFS Core Values at all times: A culture of compassion, honesty, integrity and excellence in behaviour and attitudes to learning. Strong and positive relationships at all levels that allow for development of self-esteem, self-discipline and respect for authority, equality and fairness. A learning environment that is safe and free from disruption and a safe social environment where individuals can thrive.
We encourage students to make positive choices display the school’s core values and re-enforces those choices through praise and rewards. OIAMFS recognises that even when encouraged to make the right choice, some students will occasionally make choices that can threaten their own safety, wellbeing and/or learning, or that of others. A series of strategies will then need to be used to modify such behaviour and re-engage the student. Central to and underpinning all such strategies will be the school’s core values of compassion, honesty, integrity and excellence and students will be guided towards consistently demonstrating these qualities in their lives whilst both in school and in their communities. In some circumstances, the School will need to act to ensure that the behaviour of an individual does not undermine the safety, and education of the majority or threaten the wellbeing of others, the School, or it’s community.
Our Attitude to Learning Policy is designed to give students’ choices in the classroom and the opportunity to correct/modify their behaviour. The primary purpose of this system is to support learning by tackling and dealing with low-level disruptive behaviour i.e. behaviour that undermines the student’s own learning or that of others. It allows students to take responsibility for their actions and gives opportunities to show compassion, integrity, honesty and excellence; in addition to dealing with more significant behaviour concerns. The principle of this system is early intervention to allow the student to modify behaviour so that effective learning and progress can take place, ensuring that students achieve or exceed their targets.
As well as adhering to the Attitude to Learning policy, students and staff including volunteers are expected to implement and model the “Seven Habits” of The Leader in Me programme; devised by Steven Covey. All are expected to demonstrate the “Seven Habits”, in school and around the community.
The 7 Habits are:
- Habit 1 - Be proactive - in your learning and extracurricular activities
- Habit 2 - Begin with the end in mind – set achievable goals and prepare a mindful plan on how to reach them
- Habit 3 - Put things first – prioritise your workload and mental health
- Habit 4 - Think win/win – everyone can win. Look for solutions and agreements to gain better long-term outcomes/resolutions.
- Habit 5 – Seek first to understand, then to be understood – listen before you talk
- Habit 6 – Synergise – together is better/ combine strengths
- Habit 7 – Sharpen the saw – refresh and replenish – balance feels best.