What Makes Educate Together Schools Different?
Educate Together primary schools are a new type of school being offered to families in England for the first time. They are a model of primary school that has been successfully developed over the past 35 years. The model and its special ethical education curriculum are particularly suited to the education of children for life in today's diverse and globalised world.
Where schools differ from each other is in their “ethos”. The ethos of a school describes its spirit and character. This is built upon its legal aims and objectives, its policies and procedures and a school’s ethos should be reflected in all interactions and relationships within its community.
The fundamental legal concept of Educate Together’s sponsorship is that the Board of an Educate Together school is bound to operate a school that delivers equality of access and esteem to all children, irrespective of their social, cultural and religious backgrounds.
This very simple idea is the foundation of all policy and practice in the school, whether it is the admissions policy, the way that the Board carries out its work, the way that a code of behaviour is developed or the manner in which the curriculum is delivered.
Educate Together affirms that:
1) Children of all social, cultural and religious backgrounds have a right to an education that respects their individual identity whilst exploring the different values and traditions of the world in which they live.
2) Parents are entitled to participate actively in decisions that affect the education of their children.
and commits itself to:
3) Support the establishment of schools which are,
Equality based i.e. all children having equal rights of access to the school, and children of all social, cultural and religious backgrounds being equally respected,
Co-educational and committed to encouraging all children to explore their full range of abilities and opportunities,
Learner-centred in their approach to education,
Democratically run with active participation by parents in the daily life of the school, whilst positively affirming the professional role of the teachers.
More information on the Educate Together ethos can be found in our booklet, What is an Educate Together School?