Hi all, I'm a Y6 teacher and PSHCE coordinator in a large Junior school in Surrey. Probably like most on here, I was horrified at the rioting and looting that took place in many of our cities this week. I expressed disgust with friends at the actions of so many young people. It was incredibly easy to sit there and pass blame on their parents and secondary schools. I then was watching a news programme with a secondary school head on who passed comment that actually, the respect for authority and basic responsibilities should be taught in our primary schools. This got me thinking. I talked with colleagues and we realised some home truths. In the last academic year we have gone on and on in the staffroom about the lack of respect that pupils have given us - mainly low level granted - but disrespect nonetheless. Also in complete inability to take responsibility for their own actions. During the last academic year, this was simply staffroom fodder, but having seen the appaulling actions of some young people last week, I felt compelled to do something, as did many of our staff. I have written a school wide programme (which i've originally named the 'RESPECT' programme) which aims to take the teaching of respect and responsibility back to basics in school. It includes a 6 week PSHCE lesson plan format for Years 3-6, a letter to parents, a new home-school behaviour agreement, 6 week's worth of assembly ideas and a implementation powerpoint to show to staff. As we are a CE school, we have also highlighted the Christian element of respect in the assemblies. I wondered if anyone out there would be interested in seeing and looking over some of the materials. It should be noted that our school is in an affulent 'well to do' area, however as I mentioned, we have noticed a shift in the attitudes towards adults in authority, and want to make sure the importance of respect and responsibility goes alongside the teaching of rights in our school. Please comment below for more info or feedback. Thanks, Suzie x Extract taken from letter to parents: ...we are having a focus on three key areas: Respect, Rights and Responsibilities. To enforce these areas, we are delivering focused teaching on each area to ensure that the high standard of behaviour we expect from our pupils is being adhered to not only in school time, but also in the wider community. We will be reminding our pupils of the importance of the values, and also taking each ‘R’ back to basics to ensure they are fully understood. We will be delivering this education through several ways. Each class will be having a focus on respect in their Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education lessons weekly until half term. Whole school assemblies will also address respect and responsibilities, with an emphasis on the Christian teachings on morals and ethics. When devising their own ‘class rules’, pupils will be introduced to the three rights of education: The right to learn, the right to be safe and the right to respect whilst also examining how respect and responsibility play into these rights. Year 3 and 4 will be looking at respect towards adults in the wider community, including the role of the Police, Ambulance and Fire Brigade; the responsibilities they have in keeping us safe and the respect they should be shown. Year 5 and 6 will be looking at respect for property, other people’s rights, adults in authority and what makes you a good citizen. Year 5 and 6 will also be looking at the affect of the London Riots this summer on local communities. We hope that you will discuss this programme with your child, and work in partnership with the school to ensure that the high reputation of our schoolchildren is upheld, and in some cases, restored.