Mutual Respect

Food:  In food the various topics that we study, mostly centre around a healthy lifestyle, personal tastes, ability to provide ingredients for practical’s and family meals, we have to establish from the beginning in the classroom, an atmosphere of trust and respect for each other. The students have to work together in a practical setting using dangerous equipment and have to be able to trust each other.

Pupils must be able to share information about their background, their beliefs or simply their way of life, safe in the knowledge that their peers will respect and accept them for who they are. Pupils are encouraged to recognise an individual’s strength and support their development, they are also encouraged to embrace diversity and treat all others with respect both in and out of the classroom.

Textiles:  We peer assess each other’s work and trust that constructive criticism and praise is given.  

The Rule of Law

Food:  Students are reminded of the Health and Safety Laws in Britain and that this often doesn’t apply in other countries and working conditions are not good for the people in particular who grow crops for food.  Poor working conditions and child labour.  We also talk about pensions, sick pay and government help.  Which most countries don’t get.

Textiles:  The students are reminded of Health and Safety laws in Britain and we talk about bad working conditions in other countries.  

The school’s behaviour policy, reinforced in every lesson, enables pupils to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the order according to which our school functions which helps them in turn understands how important the respect of rules is in the country generally, is.

Individual Liberty

Food:  Freedom of Speech: pupils are encouraged to give their opinion about aspects of other cultures compared to British culture, for example about eating habits and the way food is made and prepared, whilst ensuring students are respectful to others. When/if the opportunity occurs, discussions around events in other countries (ceremonies, traditions) and the way people live in dictatorships, help them understand the consequences of radical or extremist views and the implications of such actions. At all times, students are reminded of an expectation of respect for all others.

Textiles:  In textiles we encourage students to give their opinions of their own work and others.  They are given freedom to choose materials and designs within a design specification.  They are encouraged to have their own opinions about techniques and materials.


Food:  In food we teach about freedom of choice to be vegetarian or Vegan.  The freedom to buy food from wherever you want to.  The lack of food and choice in a dictatorship.  The lack of human rights in the manufacturing of food in third world countries.  

Textiles:  In textiles we teach about freedom to choose a job you want – In China if your parent works in a textile factory – you will to, unless you have a particular talent.

Design and products bought in this country are chosen by client.  Use of propaganda in Pop Art.

Tolerance of Other Faiths & Beliefs

Food:  In Food we actively promote pupils' understanding of their own culture through comparison of food with the culture of various countries such as Italy, Mexico, India and China to that of British food.  We also teach about our multicultural society and the way different foods influence the way we cook today.

The students learn about Fair Trade, religious beliefs and dietary requirements through religion, illnesses and freedom of choice.  We teach the importance of taking into account these requirements when cooking for other people. In particular use of Halal and Kosher foods.

Textiles:  In textiles we look at designers and the textile industry decline and use of Sweat shops in China.  We teach about where materials come from and how they are grown.


(Food & Fabric)