In our changing world and local communities, it is important to promote Modern British Values as part of SMSC. This includes:
- Celebrating our strong vision and ethos.
- Encouraging and supporting students to develop effective relationships.
- Providing a broad and balanced curriculum.
- Offering activities beyond the classroom.
- Helping every young person understand the society we live in and the joy of diversity and difference.
Spiritual – Exploring beliefs and experiences, respecting values, discovering yourself and the surrounding world and your place within it, using imagination and creativity, being able to reflect as an individual.
Moral – Recognising right and wrong, understanding choices and consequences, investigating moral and ethical issues, being able to offer a reasoned viewpoint.
Social – Using social skills appropriately in different contexts, understanding how different groups and communities function, being tolerant of others.
Cultural – Understanding, accepting, respecting and celebrating diversity, participating in cultural opportunities, understanding and appreciating cultural influences.
As well as a formal SMSC audit, where we map where our students experience these influences in school, we have a number of SMSC activities which further promote the fundamental British values:
- Developing self-esteem and confidence.
- Understanding right from wrong.
- Working with our local community.
- Helping students to understand that they have three rights and responsibilities in this school:
- The right to learn.
- The right to be safe.
- The right to respect.
- The responsibility to let others learn.
- The responsibility to make sure others are safe.
- The responsibility to respect others.
- Encouraging respect for democracy through elections for School Council members.
- An understanding of how they as citizens can bring about influence through a democratic process.
- An understanding of the rule of law and how it aims to protect individuals and ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone.
- An understanding of the freedom of choice and how these choices are protected in law.
- An acceptance of others who hold different beliefs, faiths and opinions.
- An understanding that tolerance is required and that discrimination not only goes against our values and ethos, but also against the law.
- An understanding that action needs to be taken to combat discriminatory behaviour.