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Steps to Awesomeness

Our Steps to Awesomeness programme is an embedded part of life at All Saints, undertaken by every child. Rooted in our school philosophy and ethos, it is embodied by our core values: Love, Joy, Perseverance, Excellence, Respect, Community and Equality. Our steps, born out of well-being and character development research, are: Appreciation, Courage, Exercise, Goals, Kindness, Participation, Positivity and Service.

Celebrating Wider Achievement

Whilst the steps are monitored and signed off in school, our programme inspires children to become active citizens of both their school and wider community and therefore outside achievements are fully recognised.  Being an active member of the scouts, for example, will warrant achievement of the Participation Step or setting a personal target such as walking the dog or achieving a particular distance in a sporting activity will bring attainment of the Exercise Step.  Through this fluid approach, children are able to acknowledge and value wider progress beyond that of academic achievement and understand that character traits are transferable, lifelong skills.

Stepping our way to Awesomeness is a continuous journey, one which motivates personal challenge and achievement.  It is our aspiration that our children will feel inspired to live out our character building steps so that they may continue to shine and share, both now and as adults.

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Celebrated Success

Our programme was recently published as a case study in the Church of England’s paper on Character Education, The Fruits of the Spirit’.  The following was written, "The development of their non-academic gifts therefore enables them to “let their light shine” for the benefit of others, as well as themselves.  It is important to highlight that All Saints completely recognises that these values chime with all…and that the buy-in of parents into these values is key".

Our character development scheme has also been celebrated in the ‘I will’ document ‘Transforming Young People and Communities’ as an example of inspiring practice.  Advocating our character development work, and published in this document, is the following statement "when you enter the school, one has a feeling of well-being.  The tea party was a delightful experience.  It was such a pleasure to see the children enjoying serving and looking after their guests.  Older children showed great care towards the younger ones and consideration for everyone".

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How it Works

All pupils undertake the programme and ‘awesomeness’ is achieved through individual challenges, community participation and through our project based curriculum.  Every year, a special booklet is given to each child to record their targets, reflections and achievements in.  Stickers for each step, designed by the children, are added to their front page upon achievement of a step.  Upon completion of their eight steps and a final reflection of their achievements and challenges, children are awarded with a sew-on badge at the appropriate progressive level of either Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum.  

To achieve a step, three examples must be collected and a personal reflection undertaken: to achieve Courage, for example, children are expected to trial something out of their comfort zone thus gaining the understanding that with resilience and bravery comes fulfilment.  

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