SMSC and British Values
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC)
The aims of our SMSC programme are:
- to ensure pupils’ education is holistic rather than focussed narrowly on purely academic aspects of learning.
- to provide pupils with a rounded education, including learning how to work and play together, understanding and respecting others’ points of view, respecting and applying rules and understanding why these exist.
- to prepare pupils to contribute to society and culture throughout their lives, and enable them to participate actively and positively in the life of the school, their local community and wider society.
- to encourage pupils to value themselves and their unique contributions to their own and others’ lives, and in turn to value and celebrate others and their qualities and abilities.
The Department for Education state that there is a need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
Pupils are encouraged to experience British culture through our curriculum themes. For example, pupils have visited many local places. As a school, we take part in sporting activities which helps to instil ‘fair play’ and engender a ’team spirit’.
There is a correlation between bias and bullying. By creating an inclusive learning environment and keeping students informed about anti-bullying policies including how to appropriately report bullying behaviour, we encourage pupils to value and celebrate others and their qualities and abilities.
Further information on SMSC, British Values and anti-bullying can be found below.