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Ethos and environment

Ensuring a safe place for children to thrive

Key question: how does our school’s culture promote respect and value diversity?


  • Physical environment
  • Social environment
  • Emotional environment
  • Relationships in school: staff and pupils; pupils and pupils
  • Sense of belonging to and liking the school

Ofsted expectations

When judging behaviour and welfare, Ofsted looks for evidence of a positive ethos that fosters improvements in the school as well as the promotion of safe practices and a culture of safety. 

As part of the inspection process inspectors will ask to see records and analysis of bullying, including racist, disability and homophobic bullying and will ask young people about their experiences of learning and behaviour in the school, including bullying. The school will be judged on the effectiveness of its actions to prevent and tackle all forms of bullying and harassment. 

SCARF support

SCARF provides a strong, tangible framework for behaviour and safety throughout your school.  There are SCARF resources to

  • Promote positive rewards and merit systems
  • Celebrate and encourage achievement
  • Lessons that promote SCARF values of tolerence and respect. 

More than just a scheme of work, the SCARF curriculum promotes a positive ethos and values through  both content and teaching methodology. 

Lessons have been devised to promote respectful, caring attitudes that celebrate difference, providing an environment for children to be confident, successful learners.

SCARF Assemblies help to promote and embed whole-school values. 

The visit of Harold the giraffe and the Coram Life Education mobile classroom, where available, further promote and embed these key values.