At Glasshouses School we believe that character is both ‘caught’ and ‘taught’. Our values led approach to education is based on six core values making the acronym CHAMPS: Choices, Honesty, Achievement, Manners, Perseverance and Safety. These values are personified by our Growth Mindset Characters.
The use of these characters, along with the curriculum being driven by positive mental health, good citizenship and future employability has transformed the way that pupils (and staff) think about learning. Lessons have been transformed into ‘missions’ and now no mission is impossible. Resilience is the key and is taught to all year groups, as are strategies to self-regulate in the face of adversity. Meanwhile, mistakes are shown to be lessons rather than disappointments.
These characteristics, along with the challenges of the week, are discussed during a weekly ‘Mission Monday’ session. In these sessions, children find out about the lives of a diverse range of inspirational individuals. The core school values are brought to life by discovering how real life people have dealt with obstacles in their lives, risen to challenges and succeeded against the odds. Over the half term, pupils will be taught about the background to what made these individuals inspirational (e.g. some background about the American Civil Rights Movement when learning about Rosa Parks). This will help the children to see how resilience, bouncing back from difficulties and perseverance play a big part in their eventual success. As the half term progresses, pupils may be involved in their own research, leading to a presentation/debate in the last week of each half term to show how well embedded their known and understanding has become.