First Impressions

First impressions are vital when both on placement and in a real job. It is essential that all teachers…

  • Are punctual
  • Have appropriate dress
  • Ensure safeguarding
  • show tolerance and respect to all
  • Have proper and professional regard to the ethos of the school
  • Maintain high standards

These are all aspects of being a teacher that should come naturally but they are very important factors in being an excellent practitioner. Depending on the school some may be different however the overall first impression of any teacher should include these aspects and many more.

Target: Ensure I think about all the above aspects and develop further awareness and responsibility towards them in schools. 


Fundamental British Values


There is a lot of discussion around Fundamental British Values and whether they should just be called fundamental values as a universal term to describe all cultures etc. This is because many of the values are very similar if not the same in all cultures. People are arguing that maybe because you are not ‘white’ or born in Britain then you can not follow the ‘British’ Values.There is also debate over the terminology used to describe these Fundamental British Values, suggesting they can be leading and have different meaning to different people.

Fundamental British Values are described as

  • Democracy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith

Fundamental British Values can be taught within school in various ways such as:

  • British Values day in school
  • Displays
  • Themes around the curriculum
  • workshops
  • cross curricular activities

Target: Use a varied wide approach when teaching Fundamental British Values to ensure all children are included.