The school mission statement can be a laudable and venerable statement of the moral and educational purpose of the school as perceived by the senior stakeholders in the school. How far it reflects the views of the whole school community will depend on how wide all stakeholders were involved in its generation.
How far the high moral purpose of the statement percolates into daily interactions in the school is a key focus.
Certainly, without active prompts which reinforce the purpose of the statement, the school community might be guilty of simply paying lip service to the higher moral and educational purpose.
It was in this context that this simple technique which has pupils reflecting on which of their fellow pupils have reflected key values at the end of lessons seemed so powerful.