At Eden Primary we incorporate the living and teaching of British Values into the school ethos, the curriculum, daily school life and school events.

British Values imbue many aspects of teaching and learning at Eden in close relation to and complementing the Jewish values that also inspire our school.

The school’s ethos stresses the importance of having a strong Jewish identity and education firmly established within the equally valued context of life in Britain in the 21st century. Central components of the school’s core values and vision are celebrating and learning from diversity and difference and the importance of inclusion. Eden aims to prepare children for
taking on roles and responsibilities within life in modern Britain.

The school’s ethos strongly encourages children and their families to share, express and respect a wide range of differing views, opinions, interpretations, challenges and practices and creates a school culture in which mutually respectful discourse is highly valued and taught.

As part of our broad and balanced curriculum and in line with our approach to Spiritual, Moral, Cultural and Social education the school actively promotes and teaches about fundamental British Values defined by the DfE as:

  • Democracy
  • Rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith

Jewish Values and British Values

British values are Jewish values. Examples of how Jewish Values relate to British Values:

  • Dina de’malchuta dina – The law of the land is our law
  • Ve’ahavta le’reacha kamocha – Love your friend as yourself
  • Betzelem Elohim – We are all created in God’s image
  • Kol yisrael arayvim ze la’zeh – All Jews are responsible for each other
  • Baal Taschit/Pikuach Nefesh – Care for the planet to preserve what God has created for future generations including human life
  • Consider the importance of your actions – Ethics of the Fathers
  • Tikkun Olam/Tzedakah/Chesed- social action, charity and acts of loving-kindness
  • Value integrity and fairness – Babylonian Talmud
  • What would be hateful to you do not do to others – Hillel
  • Cherish diversity and challenge discrimination – Love your fellow person as yourself
  • Walk in the way of good men and keep the paths of the righteous – Proverbs

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