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Smith, Graeme and Smith, Susannah (2012) From Values to Virtues: An Investigation into the Ethical Content of English Primary School Assemblies’. British Journal of Religious Education. pp. 1-15. ISSN 0141-6200

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School assemblies are unique and important events in the lives of schools. They are an opportunity for a head teacher to shape and cele- brate the ethos and priorities of a school. However, the discussion of assemblies has stagnated because it is mired in the debate about legal compliance to the 1988 Education Reform Act and its interpretation in circular 1/94. This article reports on a research project which investigated the ethical ideas communicated in primary school assemblies. It is found that almost all assemblies sought to communicate a form of virtue ethics. We observed the promotion of courage, kindness, loyalty and responsibil- ity. Further, different virtues were emphasised in different schools depending on their social location. For example, perseverance and resil- ience were often stressed in a school from a low socio-economic area. The article concludes with an examination of the implications of our find- ings for the discussion of legal compliance to the 1988 Act.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: school assembly; collective worship; virtue ethics; values; moral education; circular 1/94
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology > BV1460 Religious Education
K Law > KD England and Wales
Divisions: Departments > Theology
Depositing User: Graeme Smith
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2015 14:25
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2017 14:17

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