Lanchester Community Free School

...for a better future


Values Education


Lanchester CFS has strong belief and foundation in Values Education. This is a whole school approach that aims to teach, model, embed and promote  positive values that better equip children to succeed at school and throughout their lives. The explicit and embedded teaching of values creates a strong learning environment that develops children’s social and emotional well-being and relationship skills, whilst enhancing academic attainment. All staff at Lanchester CFS strive to consistently implement positive values through continued modelling.  We recognise that values education is a process and the impact may not be immediate, but seen over time.


Values education further assists our vision in developing life-long learners through holistic education and experiences. Furthermore, we envision our values teachings will improve the climate and quality of education, create and support individual and school empowerment, develop unified approaches and promote ethical lifestyles guided by global positive values.  Our experience of values education has so far been an exciting journey, the children have, and are responding in a mature and knowledgeable manner. We have found that often our students become our teachers through imparting insightful ideas, vision and views on the values we embed in our curriculum. Values education is a journey that involves the whole school we expect that our Trust, Governors, all staff, children, parents and visitors will share in our vision of promoting these positive values.  

Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural Development 


The spiritual development of pupils is shown by their:
* Ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life.
* Interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values.
* Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them.
* Use of imagination and creativity in their learning.
* Willingness to reflect on their experiences.

The moral development of pupils is shown by their:
*Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, readily apply this understanding in their own lives and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England.
*Understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions.
* Interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, and being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.


The social development of pupils is shown by their:
* Use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
* Willingness to participate in a variety of community and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively.
* Acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. The pupils should also develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in, and contribute positively to, life in modern Britain.

The cultural development of pupils is shown by their:
* Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others.
*Understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within the school, and further afield, as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain.
*Knowledge of Britain's democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain.
*Willingness to participate in and respond positively to: artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities.
*Interest in exploring, improving their understanding of, and showing respect for, different faiths and cultural diversity.
*Understanding, acceptance, respect and celebration of diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.