Promoting SMSC and British Values.

You may hear your children talking about SMSC or British Values. We have put together some information for you to help you see the importance of the learning we do at College Road Primary School that fully develops the whole child, helping pupils grow and develop as people, preparing them for the adult world, allowing pupils to make sense of the world and achieving their full potential.

What is SMSC?

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC.

 

 

 

Spiritual

Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

Ofsted definition of 'spiritual development'

Pupils’ spiritual development is shown by their:

-ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values

-sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them

-use of imagination and creativity in their learning willingness to reflect on their experiences.

School Inspection Handbook from September 2015

 Moral

Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.

Ofsted definition of 'moral development'

Pupils’ moral development is shown by their:

-ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to readily apply this understanding in their own lives, recognise legal boundaries and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England

-understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions

-interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.

School Inspection Handbook from September 2015

 Social

Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.

Ofsted definition of 'social development'

Pupils’ social development is shown by their:

-use of a range of social skills in different contexts, for example working and socialising with other pupils, including those from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds

-willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively

-acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; they develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

School Inspection Handbook from September 2015

 Cultural

Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

Ofsted definition of 'cultural development'

Pupils’ cultural development is shown by their:

-understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others

-understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain

-knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain

-willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities

interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

School Inspection Handbook from September 2015

 

What are British Values?

 As of November 2014, schools must now promote British values. The advice from the DfE is to do this through SMSC, although Ofsted will assess it through the curriculum too.

 The fundamental British Values are:

-democracy

-the rule of law

-individual liberty

-mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

 

This means that we will teach our children to:

- develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence

- distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England

- 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

- acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England

-further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures

-encourage respect for other people, and 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.

 

The following attachments show you some the learning we do in College Road that contribute towards children being more aware of SMSC and British Values.

Download PSHE and Citizenship Policy 2017.pdf

Download SMSC 2017.pdf

Download British Values Information and year group keyskills.pdf

 Download Britsish Values Yearly Overview.pdf