Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2
TEACHING LONDON ETHOS STATEMENT
At Teaching London, our vision places our Christian values at the core of everything we do.
Our Christian values are: trust, justice, wisdom, humility, creativity and service. These Christian values are embedded into the fabric of every aspect of our curriculum and training, creating a clear and distinctive Christian ethos that underpins every thought, decision and action. Each value is modelled and demonstrated by staff through the way they act, speak to and behave towards every member of the Teaching London family.
Our expectation is that our trainees and wider partnerships demonstrate our Christian values, which are common to all faiths and those of no faith.
TRUST We aim to create a cycle of trust by promoting an environment of mutual respect and tolerance. Trainees can rely on their training and schools can rely on the trainees to persevere, develop and be committed to the learning process. Learners trust in the environments created for them to take risks without fear of judgement or persecution.JUSTICE We believe that in their developing role as a teacher, trainees must address unconscious bias, develop an understanding of and demonstrate mutual respect for learners, parents/carers and colleagues, so that all their interactions and decisions are fair, reasoned, equal and balanced.
WISDOM We have designed the Teaching London curriculum to enable all trainees to develop secure knowledge and an understanding of their roles and responsibilities as a teacher. We aim to enable them to motivate and inspire learners in their care, equipping them with the skills and attitudes they need to learn and flourish as valued and respected members of their communities.
We promote discursive classrooms where learners are encouraged to develop the confidence to articulate their ideas, preferences, emotions and well-being. They are encouraged to question, evaluate and value the opinions of others. This is alongside ongoing learning and the debate of key social and moral issues as they arise. We encourage learners to make considered and wise decisions about their relationships, actions and behaviour.
We expect every member of the Teaching London partnership to act with humility; to see the learning opportunities presented to them by being part of a broad and varied community; to view themselves as learners and to behave with the utmost respect for those they encounter – both adults and children.
We place great emphasis on the importance of a dynamic, learner-centred, inclusive approach. We value innovation, ingenuity and flair and believe that these qualities sit at the heart of the most successful lessons – where experiences are closely matched to learners’ interests, development and needs and result in the best possible outcomes.
We believe teaching is a vocation. It demands a level of commitment unlike many other careers. The success of the partnership is rooted in all members’ dedication to their role, and this is achieved through highly supportive relationships and a shared understanding of expectations. Learners are at the heart of this value.
These values impact positively on our approach to teaching and learning and lie at the centre of developing strong values, alongside a commitment to strengthening our learners’ understanding of their rights and responsibilities. These are key to nurturing and preparing our learners for their lives ahead.
We therefore embody these values, alongside our vision, to ensure that Teaching London models the behaviour and attitudes expected of our trainees and pupils.