Church schools seek to serve their communities, offering a distinctive and inclusive education underpinned by explicit Christian values. The theological underpinning of these values will enable schools to reflect on ways these values challenge the prevailing culture in society and offer an alternative interpretation of the ‘British Values’ and Prevent agendas.
The Christian ethos will be lived out in all areas of school life; whether in equal opportunities to access the curriculum, inclusion and anti-bullying policies which address homophobic bullying, relationships and sex education which promotes affirming and enhancing relationships, respect for self and others, or opportunities to discover new talents and achieve at the highest standards academically.
The quality of relationships between adults, adults and children and amongst children are often the most tangible expression of the living out of those values which the school espouses. They should also be reflected in the choice of curriculum content and pedagogical approaches.
Please see below for examples of curriculum resources and activities which are based on a distinctively Christian understanding of values:
LifeSavers project – finance education and collective worship resources based on four core values of generosity, wisdom, thankfulness and justice
The Archbishop of York’s Young Leaders Award – ‘be the change you want to see’, developing leadership skills through community actions
What If learning – a distinctively Christian pedagogical approach to the curriculum
Some Resources for Relationships and Sex Education:
Body & Soul – Active learning for relationships education with 8-11s (2011) by Lat Blaylock, Fiona Moss and Ruth Whiter, published by RE Today Services ISBN 978-1-905893-44-7
‘Love & Sex matters – Relationships & sex education in a context of Christian values’ by Verity Holloway and Mark Stratta, published by Salisbury Diocese
Key Stage 1 – ISBN 978-0-9565160-2-2 (2012)
Key Stage 2 – ISBN 978-0-9565160-0-8 (2010)
Key Stage 3 – ISBN 978-0-9565160-1-5 ( 2010)