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SMSC / British Values


SMSC stands for spiritualmoralsocial and cultural development.

As a school, we recognise that the personal development of pupils spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides children with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a caring attitude towards others, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness in other cultures. This underpins every thing we do as a school.


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


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


Investigate and moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the fundamental values of British democracy.


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

British Values and SMSC are linked closely to our Picture News weekly assembly and follow up sessions in class. For more infomation about Picture News and how it fits into our curriculum have a look in the learning section on our website and click on the Picture News link. 


British Values/SMSC and Picture News