Meath School

Meath School

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Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Values

The ethos of our school is such that all people who come into our school, whether staff, child, parent or visitor, are valued as individuals in their own right. They should set, and be entitled to expect from others, good standards of behaviour, marked by respect and responsibility.


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Spiritual Development


Planned opportunities for spiritual development can be seen across the school. Children are given opportunities to reflect upon the meaning of spiritual experiences.  We promote a climate or ethos within which all children can grow and flourish, respect others and be respected; accommodating difference and respecting the integrity of individuals. These can occur during any part of the school day:




Childrens spiritual development is shown by their:


  • Ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values
  • Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
  • Use of imagination and creativity in their learning
  • Willingness to reflect on their experiences
  • Cross Curricular Activities
  • Collective Worship
  • Self-Assessment of work
  • School Values Assemblies
  • Visits from Faith communities
  • Celebration Assemblies
  • Periods of reflection in assemblies or class time

Moral Development


We believe that a morally aware child will develop a wide range of skills. These can include the following:


  • Distinguish right from wrong, based on knowledge of the moral codes of their own and other cultures
  • Develop an ability to think through the consequences of their own and others’ actions
  • Have an ability to make responsible and reasoned judgements
  • Ensure a commitment to personal values
  • Have respect for others’ needs, interests and feelings, as well as their own
  • Develop a desire to explore their own and others’ views, and an understanding of the need to review and re-assess their values, codes and principles in the light of experience

Social Development


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We recognise that children who are becoming socially aware are likely to be developing the ability to:


  • Adjust to a range of social contexts by appropriate and sensitive behaviour
  • Relate well to other people’s social skills and personal qualities
  • Work successfully, as a member of a group or team
  • Share views and opinions with others
  • Resolve conflicts maturely and appropriately
  • Reflect on their own contribution to society
  • Show respect for people, living things, property and the environment
  • Exercise responsibility
  • Understand how societies function and are organised in structures such as the family, the school
  • Understand the notion of interdependence in an increasingly complex society

Cultural Development


Children should be made aware of the diversity of other cultures both within modern Britain and throughout the world. This can be done through music, PE, art and many other curriculum areas.  Children who are becoming culturally aware are likely to be developing some or all of the following characteristics:


CLICK HERE to learn about our British Values Statement


  • An ability to reflect on important questions of meaning and identity
  • An interest in exploring the relationship between human beings and the environment