The Teachers’ Standards and CPD

Teachers’ Standards

Teachers are expected to uphold public trust in the profession and to maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour, within and outside school, by:

  • treating pupils with dignity, building relationships rooted in mutual respect, and at all times observing proper boundaries appropriate to a teacher’s professional position
  • having regard for the need to safeguard pupils’ well-being, in accordance with statutory provisions
  • showing tolerance of and respect for the rights of others
  • not undermining fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
  • ensuring that personal beliefs are not expressed in ways which exploit pupils’ vulnerability or might lead them to break the law.

The term ‘Fundamental British values’ in these Standards is taken directly from a paragraph in the Government’s Prevent Strategy (June 2011) . In this context British values include democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

The delivery of Choices in the classroom is one way for teachers to make sure that they are meeting these important teachers’ standards, while addressing the needs and wants of diverse children.

Choices CPD for Teachers

Choices CPD provides opportunities for serving teachers to question and debate key issues, for example shared values, empathy and underdstanding, what it means to be British, where violence and extremism starts and alternatives to these. It explains the rationale of Choices Then and Now and guides teachers through the possible strategies that may be employed using the schemes of work and the Peace Museum’s (UK) primary sources.  CPD for teachers is delivered by specialist staff from  Manchester Metropolitan University and the Schools Linking Network, working in partnership with the Peace Museum (UK). For more information, please contact

The Choices Then and Now resource (teachers’ book and CD ROM) may be purchased from the Peace Museum (UK) price £19.99 plus pp. There is a 10% discount on orders of 20 copies or more. To place an order please contact .