A continuing line for leadership enquiry – how school leaders develop cultural capital, through promoting Character Education, our Values and virtues within a school to staff, students and parents and our stakeholder community.
Students in Years 7-9 were explicitly taught our five values. Values were displayed throughout the school and in all publications. Assemblies became “Value” focused. Behaviour expectations were Value focused rather than rule focused. Rewards and celebration events were anchored to our Values. Enrichment events were tied to, or promoted our Values. Communications emphasised our Values approach to school-life.
Mid Year our organisation introduced a range of “soft skills” and lesson time was repurposed to explicitly teach students what these skills were, and to provide time to discuss and evidence them. The audience was expanded to include Years 3-9. Our passport style approach will continue, however, it is being mapped and evidence through Tutor and lesson time, recorded centrally in our MIS. Teachers are now taking on the responsibility for signposting these opportunities in their teaching. This has now been adopted by our over-arching organisation.
More than happy to discuss why building cultural capital is important and models of practice.