This week is ‘National Anti Bullying Week’, Monday 12th – Friday 16th November. In homage to Aretha Franklin, and more importantly for Pivotal Education, this week’s blog post talks about this year’s theme: ‘Choose respect’.
The Oxford Dictionary defines “Respect” as:
- A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
- Due regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others.
Respect is a behaviour, recognised as a cultural value all over the world. It is also a cornerstone of our practice: “Ready, Respectful, Safe.” It is the second Oxford Dictionary definition, centred around the feelings, wishes or rights of others that resonates in the work we do. As children, we mirror behaviour which is framed to us by the adults in our lives.
The Five Pillars of Pivotal Practice helps to create a culture in school that is one of care, concern and consideration. We as adults should be leading the way, modelling our own behaviour. Respect simply comes down to how you treat others.
Here’s what staff at Pivotal HQ had to say when asked about Respect, and what it means to them:
What does Respect mean to you and your organisation?