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Leader in Me

The 7 Habits

In September 2019 all the children were introduced to the 7 habits and we joined the international community of Leader in Me Schools. There are 40 in England and thousands across the World.

Each child will learn that they are the leader of their own decisions and by utilizing the 7 habits will develop life skills to help them manage the demands of the 21st Century and to become a leader of others. We can see that this international project will help to support our children’s academic achievements, self-confidence, resilience and potential. We are excited to see how promoting the values in the classroom and encouraging all staff in the school to use them consistently we can inspire the children to be the best they can be, even when they are not seen!

Habit 1: Be Proactive

I am responsible for my own learning and actions.
I am a responsible person who takes initiative and chooses my actions, moods and attitudes. I do the right thing, even when no one is looking. I do not blame others for my wrong choices and actions.

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

I plan ahead and set goals. I understand the importance of learning for life.
I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and my school.

Habit 3: Put First Things First

I focus and concentrate on work first and then on play.
I spend my time on the things that are most important. This means I say no to things I should not do. I set priorities, make and follow a plan. I am disciplined and organised.

Habit 4: Think Win-Win

I am positive, resilient and work with others to solve problems creatively.
I want everyone to be successful. I do not put others down to get what I want. I look for solutions to problems, am kind, considerate and show respect for others.

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood

I listen first and then talk. I respect myself and others and celebrate my global community.
I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I share my opinions and ideas.

Habit 6: Synergize

I work and learn with others and take pride in my achievements and environment.
I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I know that everyone needs to get better at something. Working in groups can help to create better ideas.

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

I know how to look after myself and be the best that I can be.
I take care of my body by eating well, exercising and getting sleep. I spend time with my family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I take time to help others.

We send lots of information home to parents about our values and hope they find them useful to use at home. Please see the Queens’ Federation Leader in Me Guide 2020 for a quick introduction to the seven habits of effective people and how we have adapted them to be used in school.

Examples Of Learning

In Reception during Leader in Me day we talked about our learning animals. We talked about how our 'can-do kangeroo' means we should always give everything a go and not give up. Our 'sensible snake' means we should be follow the rules and make sure we are behaviouring appropriately in the classroom. The 'responsible rhino' means we should always make sure we are doing the right thing. 

After this we talked about how we could have jobs in the classroom to help us make sure we are all having a go at showing these learning animals qualities. Some of the children got choosen to do specail jobs eg: Cloakroom Monitor and Tidy up monitor. These children have got a special lanyard explaining what their jobs are. The other children in the classroom have been given responsiblity for different areas in the room that they have to ensure are kept tidy. 

In Reception, we have loved taking on our new jobs and are trying really hard to show qualities of our learning animals everyday.