Stimulated by a great article in the Guardian earlier this week on values based education in practice: Witney Family values. Don’t be fooled by the ‘David Cameron’ angle… this is good stuff!
Neil Hawkes has done a great job in bringing together into one place some of the disparate information and practice under the heading ‘values based education‘. In among all the detailed day to day political controversies, pedagogical research and practical problems of education and schooling, it’s vital that we remember what it is for. There’s a nice little introductory film:
The Scottish Standard for Headship states that:
Headteachers work with children and young people, staff, parents and others to promote participative citizenship, inclusion, enterprise, democratic values and a culture of respect within the school community and beyond.
This is not easy. Some of the challenge is found in the recent book Democratic Citizenship in Schools. Yet is it not the most important purpose of schooling?