During my placement here I have witnessed how the staff promote respect and dignity in their work every day. When the children are getting changed for their PE lesson the teachers allow them to use toilet cubicles, this gives them their own personal space to change and they can lock the door. This has a positive impact as the child feels comfortable and prevents any embarrassment which may have been caused by having to change in front their peers. Their dignity was maintained at all times.
It also gave them feel a sense of independence and achievement when they were able to change properly by themselves. It also reduces anxiety about participating in PE and helps to ensure the participation of as many of the children as possible.
Respect is also displayed by the teachers in the way they communicate with the children. They don’t speak down to the children, they use a calm and positive tone when speaking to the children.
The children are encouraged to raise their hands to indicate they wish to speak or ask a question.
Only one child is allowed to speak at a time, this has a positive impact on the children and makes them feel valued and listened to. The children show respect for each other’s views and opinions, this helps them to further develop their confidence when contributing to class discussions and helps to give them a sense of belonging within the school community. My setting has a rewards type system set up by the teacher for when the child does something well.
Each child has a rewards chart on the wall, if they do their work well, complete their homework, help other children or do especially well in their paired reading they get a star. Once their chart is filled with stars they get to choose a reward from the teacher. Doing this with the children helps to create a positive impact by motivating the children to do their work to the best of their ability and helps them to set a target for themselves. This method of rewards helps to respect each child’s individual talents and efforts. It doesn’t only show respect for those with academic talents but also those who are kind and helpful to others. Promoting Anti Discriminatory Practice I observed two special needs assistants working in the school.
The assistants are allocated to the children who have been identified as having a specific special educational need. The assistants help to ensure the child can do the work he/she is given; they spend one on one time with their allocated child to make sure the work is explained in a way they understand. The assistant is always there to help the child with any questions they have on their set tasks. This has a positive impact on the child and makes them feel a sense of belonging in the school setting, as well as ensures their right to an education is being met. It also makes sure everyone has the same opportunities regardless of ability. It allows them to meet their goals and achieve set targets just like their peers. The staff and children celebrate different cultural holidays such as Christmas, Diwali, Easter and Chinese New Year. For example, when the school is celebrating Easter they take a full week and dedicate it to fun activities surrounding the Easter story. This educates children of all backgrounds on a very highly celebrated occasion and the real meaning behind Easter. This has a positive impact because it shows that everyone in the school setting is respected by all no matter what background they come from. This also educates children about other religious aspects and different cultural beliefs. It teaches them to respect others and their traditions, helping to create a sense of belonging within the setting for those pupils who belong to these different cultures.
The school also has a culture day, this is where the kitchen staff prepare different dishes from various cultures and countries to give the pupils a taste of other cultural foods. This helps to promote cultural diversity and anti-discrimination. It will help the children to grow up to be more tolerant of difference and create a more harmonious environment in the school and wider local community. Teachers and classroom assistants encourage the children to play with whatever toys they choose. For example, if a boy decided that he wanted to play with a doll which is generally stereotyped as a girls’ toy, he is allowed to do so. His choices are not limited because of his gender. This has a positive impact on the children because it makes them feel included and gives them a sense of belonging. It also gives the child a sense of independence as they are free to make their own decisions. This will boost their self-esteem and sense of belonging in the school setting. Promoting Individual Rights and Choices The pupils are given a choice of what they would like to eat for lunch, the kitchen staff provide a variety of healthy options for the children to choose from. This has a positive impact as it allows the children to have a sense of independence when choosing what they want to eat. This also ensures that the children are eating a balanced diet that meets their individual dietary needs. It promotes equality and inclusion for children who cannot eat certain foods due to their beliefs or dietary needs.
The canteen staff make sure to cater to the needs of every child, for example they make gluten-free meals for children with celiac disease and have a vegetarian option for those who chose not to eat meat or can’t eat meat. The canteen staff also make sure they do not use any ingredients that might trigger an allergic reaction in any of the children, such as nuts and eggs to ensure all children no matter what their dietary requirements can eat what they want. The children are given some choices about their school uniform options. The girls are allowed to choose whether they wear trousers or skirts. This has a positive impact as the girls may feel more comfortable wearing trousers. It gives them a sense of autonomy in their lives and respects their individual choices. As a result, they may feel happier in the setting as their wishes are being respected. It will also boost their self-esteem. The children in the school setting have the right to feel safe secure.
During my visits to the setting I have observed that all the main entrance doors are operated by buzzer system. To gain access to the building visitors must ring the buzzer and identify themselves and the purpose of their visit to office secretary before being allowed to enter the setting. Every member of staff has a key fob to allow them entry into the building. Visitors must report straight to reception and sign in. They are then given a visitor badge to identify them to others. This badge is returned to the office when they are leaving and signing out. This ensures that all pupils and staffs right to safety and security is maintained. It is also reassuring for parents as they know intruders or unsuitable members of the public cannot access keeping their children safe at all times. CCTV was also in operation.
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