Spiritual, Moral, Social & Culture
The DfE have recently reinforced the need for “All maintained schools (to) meet the requirements … (to) promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of their pupils. Through ensuring pupils’ SMSC development, schools can also demonstrate they are actively promoting fundamental British values.”
These British values as set out by the government in the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2011 are listed as:
Democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Pupils must be encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance.
At Eastbury Community Primary School, we understand that the society we live in and are part of is diverse and reflect this in both our day-to-day life in school and our curriculum. For our pupils, we aim to continually weave the threads of social, cultural, moral and spiritual and specifically British values through everything that we do in school.
To support this, these values are reinforced regularly – examples of how we achieve this are set out below:
- Mock elections
- School council
- Pupil choice of Learning Pathway topics
- Visit to Houses of Parliament
- Learning Pathway topic of Citizenship
The Rule of Law
- Behaviour for learning policy
- High behaviour expectations by all staff
- Sports mentors
- Work experience mentors
- Public service visits including local community Police Office
- Choice of progressively more challenging activities during lessons
- Achievement assemblies celebrating individual successes
- School clubs catering for a range of interests
- Support in exercising rights and freedoms safely e.g. e-safety training
- Restorative conversations
- Thinking Room
- Circle times
- Anti-bullying week
- Healthy Relationship Education
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
- Values assemblies
- Celebration assemblies for different faiths
- PSHE lessons taught in all year groups
- RE lessons taught in all year groups
- Visits to a range of places of worship
- Continue to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development
- Promote fundamental British values
- Continue to align this with our duty to promote SMSC and take further steps forward to ensure a holistic, whole-school approach.
Our Visions and Values:
- We actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
- We do not tolerate discrimination or bullying
- All our students are entitled to learn in a safe and positive environment, free from fear and harassment.
Pupils at Eastbury are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance. We teach pupils to understand that, while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law. Our ethos and teaching, which we make parents aware of via the VLE, supports the rule of English civil and criminal law and we do not teach anything that undermines it. Students are taught the relationship between state and religious law, and are made aware of the difference between the law of the land and religious law.
Through Eastbury’s whole-school provision of SMSC, we:
- Enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
- Enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
- Encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely
- Enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of, and respect for, public institutions and services in England
- Ensure further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of, and respect for, their own and other cultures
- Encourage respect for other people
- Encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.