Moral Development

At Sybourn Primary, we recognise that pupils who are morally aware are likely to develop some or all of the following characteristics:

  • An ability to distinguish right from wrong, based on knowledge of the moral codes of their own and other cultures
  • Confidence to act consistently in accordance with their own principles
  • An ability to think through the consequences of their own and others’ actions
  • A willingness to express their views on ethical issues and personal values
  • An ability to make responsible and reasoned judgements on moral dilemmas
  • A commitment to personal values in areas which are considered right by some and wrong by others
  • A respect for others’ needs, interests and feelings, as well as their own
  • A desire to explore their own and others’ views; and an understanding of the need to review and reassess their values, codes and principles in the light of experience.

Our school aims to encourage pupils’ moral development by:

  • Providing a clear moral code as a basis for behaviour which is promoted consistently through all aspects of the school
  • Promoting racial, religious and other forms of equality
  • Giving pupils opportunities across the curriculum to explore and develop moral concepts and values – for example, personal rights and responsibilities, truth, justice, equality of opportunity, right and wrong
  • Developing an open and safe learning environment in which pupils can express their views and practice moral decision-making;
  • Rewarding expressions of moral insights and good behaviour
  • Modelling, through the quality of relationships and interactions the core values we wish to promote – for example, respect, kindness, responsibility, honesty and aspiration
  • Recognising and respecting the codes and morals of the different cultures represented in the school and wider community
  • Encouraging pupils to take responsibility for their actions, for example, respect for property, care of the environment and developing codes of behaviour, providing models of moral virtue through literature, humanities, sciences, arts and assemblies, reinforcing the school’s values through images, posters, classroom displays, etc, and monitoring in simple ways the success of what is provided.