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Response to lack of respect - new RESPECT programme

Discussion in 'PSHE' started by suzielou1987, Aug 13, 2011.


  1. 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.



     

  2. 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.



     
  3. Hi Suzie, this sounds great! I think it's really important that riots are addressed within schools. I would be interested in looking at what you produced. I've just been appointed PSE Co-ordinator in a High School in Wales and am wanting to address the riots and particularly focus on rights and responsibilities. Obviously, i will be looking from a different perspective with key stage 3 but i'd be happy to take a look. If you were happy i may even be interested in adapting some of the lessons to make them KS3 appropriate
    Thanks
    Esther
    estherjoseph@hotmail.com
     
  4. Hi Suzie,

    I am also very interested in your programme. Respect is a problem in my classroom. Would you mind sharing it with me? sarahlouisehopkins@yahoo.co.uk
    Thanks
    Sarah
     
  5. Hi

    I am also going to focus on respect, during anti bullying week in November, I would be very interested in looking at your resources. I have found some on the antibullying 2011 web site that could be of interest
     
  6. I would be very interested in having a look at this, trying to become a rights respecting school this year, so this kind of programme would be perfect to start us off.
    chantellewyss@hotmail.co.uk
    Thanks
     
  7. I'm impressed! good for you for being proactive. I was also really concerned about the implications for schools re riots and have also written a pack of materials which I'm selling. It's ten lessons for KS2 (Y5 focus) and rather than being in competition with yours it sounds like the two programmes would really complement each other and could form a nice package of lessons. May I recommend getting your pack reviewed by teachers, having it professionally printed (doesn't have to cost a lot) and marketing it to schools.

    If anyone is interested in buying our pack called (imaginatively) 'Riot', then please take a look at our page here http://www.schoolsandhealth.co.uk/page14/publications.html and Suzie, if you want a chat about how we could possibly help eachother drop me an email at schoolsandhealth@btinternet.com We're based in South London and I used to work in Surrey so know it well.
     
  8. cra13

    cra13 New commenter

  9. Hello,
    I am a secondary school teacher and I would really like to look at your resources regarding Respect as I would like to do a series of lessons/assemblies on Respect.
    Could you send me your resources please?
    laird_fatoto@yahoo.co.uk
    Many thanks
    Laird


     
  10. Hi Suzie
    this sounds great. I am in inner city London with a year 6 class, who some I feel do not have a lot of respect for anyone - including their parents. I would really appreciated a look at these resources.
    many thanks for putting something together!
    andreahoath@fsmail.net
     
  11. I also thinks this sounds brilliant and would like a look...,I teach in a Secondary School in Australia, and have been complaining about the lack of respect in our school, in spite of it being a low-fee paying private Christian school

    accordi_annie@yahoo.com.au
     
  12. Hi Suzie,
    Please could you -or anyone- email me the whole-school Respect programme. It would be great to explore it in a different context.
    Thanks for your hard work for children,
    Wendy

     
  13. Hi Suzie, I have just come across this post, very well done to you. I work in a Vocational FE college in a not so well to do area and this is a huge problem for us, hence I am very interested in what you have done and would apprieciate you sharing :)
    p.phillips@west-cheshire.ac.uk
    thanks
     
  14. Suzie,
    I am about to start a respect topic with my year 5 class, what you've done sounds great, I would love to have a look! If possible could you email it on to me? heather_380@hotmail.com

    Thanks!
    Heather
     
  15. Hi Suzie
    I am experiencing similar challenges - I would be grateful for anything you could share with me.
    Many thanks
    Mrs N
    ariesgirl_1967@hotmail.com
     
  16. Hi Suzie,
    I know it's been a while since you initially posted your fantastic idea. I am a KS2 phase leader in an inner city Primary school and would be VERY interested receiving your RESPECT programme as a way forward for our children.
    heidilhudd@googlemail.com
    Many thanks
    Heidi

     
  17. Hi Suzie,
    I am very much interested in the resources you have. Below is my email address:
    Nikki_dags@yahoo.com
    Thanks
    Nikki
     
  18. feelinhappy2day

    feelinhappy2day New commenter

    oh my word you have been busy. This sounds amazing. If you would like to share I would be very grateful. I got the PSHE job on thursday andt to be honest could do with all the help I can get
    any help would be great
    Thanks
    nswebber2001@yahoo.co.uk
     
  19. jactom

    jactom New commenter

    Sounds great. Can I have a copy please?
     
  20. jactom

    jactom New commenter

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