Whatever they are, our beliefs and values shape every part of our lives. The stories we tell about our individual identity, our relationships, how well we look after our planet, how we interpret our history, how we put science and technology to use, how we express ourselves through the arts - all are shaped by our beliefs and values.
Make it happen in the Classroom
For teachers, our Resources section is probably where you'll want to start. We carry links to hundreds of classroom resources, for every subject area, for each Age and Stage, and for many interdisciplinary themes as well - not to mention Assemblies/Religious Observance/Time For Reflection. There are also Case Studies to get you started, while if you'd like direct support (online advice, a visit from a schools' worker or even some financial support) visit the Get Support area.....or go to CVE Community.
What should I be doing?
Each of us in a school is responsible for the holistic development of every child/young person, physically, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually1. So we need to equip children and young people to analyse differing beliefs and values and trust them to choose. What exactly are our responsibilities - and what are the boundaries we certainly should not cross? The Permissions and Boundaries section has links to key guidance that every teacher should understand and follow. For example, how does Curriculum for Excellence support this vision? Is there a Protocol available to guide what Christian (and other) Schools Workers can do in my school?
Make time for professional development.
So you're committed to developing your classroom (and school) as a place where children and young people can think through the values and beliefs which pervade all they learn. You need resources, you need to understand permissions and boundaries, and you need time for professional development.
It takes time to develop an approach to teaching and learning that makes connections between diverse subject areas and the values and beliefs that lie behind them. And helping children and young people to make their own informed decisions demands a teaching approach where you don't provide neatly packaged answers, and this takes confidence and skill.
- investigate CPD offered through this website, including online CPD resources.
- keep the focus on developing a values and beliefs perspective so that it starts to feel natural to see it in all learning and aspects of school life: our Resources offer lots of practical support.
- work with colleagues, whether in your own school or the wider CVE Community.
Promote optimism and action
We can all feel disempowered by doom and gloom, or just by the daily school grind. Greater understanding only makes sense when it is accompanied by action. Curriculum for Excellence is about "doing school together" - pupils and teachers, parents and local people all taking ownership of the school community and developing it together. Pupils, for example, should be “given encouragement to share their views and act as positive role models for others2." Christian Values in Education is about encouraging others to take action to serve and support others. Check out the “It's Happening” section for case studies how to make it happen in your school.
1“I can expect my learning environment to support me to…understand and develop my physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing and social skills.” http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/Images/health_wellbeing_experiences_outcomes_tcm4-540031.pdf
2Journey to Excellence: Culture & Ethos http://www.journeytoexcellence.org.uk