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Values Challenge for Schools
Many schools now have stated values, but as with any organisation a gap can grow between the values we aspire to and the reality of what happens as everyday pressures take their toll.
It can be good to take a step back and reconsider how the staff and students are really living those values and find a way to get everyone re-engaged and re-energised.
The best way to do this is to involve both staff and students in the Values Challenge – on a “whole school” basis.
The process involves two steps:
- Staff session. As many of the staff as possible take part in a one-hour session in which everyone focuses on one of the school’s core values and through discussion and collaboration work out a single action to put that value into practice across the school. Click the button below to register to Take the Challenge to receive the free resource pack with simple instructions which will enable you to run that session yourselves, in the way best suited to your school.
Through their involvement in the one-hour session the staff will be well-prepared to help and encourage the students to participate later.
If your school does not yet have an official set core values, please download the Values Guide for Schools to help you identify the values that are most important to your school.
- Involve the students. The next step will be to involve all the students in putting the same value into action. If appropriate they can practice the same action as the staff so that everyone in the school gets involved in the same activity. Or they can be asked to come up with their own ideas for putting that value into practise – something challenging, creative, fun, something that can make a difference. There could be some sort of recognition for the best/most effective actions. Perhaps the students themselves can be asked to think about which actions worked the best, and why, and that action can then be put into practice across the whole school.
Suggestions on how to involve the students are included in the Values Guide for Schools.
Please share what you have done
Please don’t forget to share your experience of the Values Challenge with us and with the world – the value you chose, what action you all decided to take, and how the action went by posting on our Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, YouTube or Instagram pages using #WorldValuesDay and @ValuesDay or by emailing us at [email protected] Use words, photos, video clips. Whatever works best for you.
To help you do this you can download the We Value Template and fill in your chosen value and the action taken, and then use it in a group selfie (subject to any relevant parental permissions).
And please pass on the Challenge
Want to make an even bigger difference in the world? Pass on the news about the Challenge to other schools and colleges. Become values activists! Join our mailing list and start tagging your colleagues, friends and family with #WorldValuesDay – or yes, talk to them in real life. You’ll be amazed by the conversations and connections this starts.
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