The Spiritual, Moral, Social and
Cultural (SMSC) development of our students (and staff) are as important as
high quality classroom practice. Our approach to embedding SMSC and fundamental
British values across our Academy start with targeted continuing professional
development (CPD) for staff whom inspire our students each and every day to
exceed their academic and vocational goals.
Students SMSC needs are met by a
bespoke PSHEE curriculum, themed assemblies, enriched curriculum and
extra-curricular clubs. Our SMSC approach is critical to preparing the holistic
child, ready for life in modern Britain. Central to this is our high regard for
embedding Fundamental British Values across the curriculum and expecting our
staff to model these values to the highest of standards.
Fundamental British Values
should 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’ (DfE, 2016)
§ 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
§ Further tolerance and harmony between
different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation
of and respect for their own and other cultures.
§ Further tolerance and acceptance for
those with different values, beliefs with respect to our LGBT community;
§ 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.
British Values sits at the heart of our ethos and CARES framework. All students are exposed to Fundamental British Values during the tutor PSHEE lessons. In addition to this, the Teaching and Learning team, Behaviour and Wellbeing team work together to ensure that our policies and daily practice function with a strong sense of morality with values that promote kindness, humility and comradery.
This is an example of a PSHEE tutor lesson which delivers Fundamental British Values.
In addition to which, we regularly reflect on many other issues that could potentially affect our students' day-to-day lives: