What is SMSC?
All maintained schools like ours must meet the requirements set out in section 78 of the Education Act 2002 and promote the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of its pupils.
We teach and promote SMSC through everything we do in school and more specifically through PSHE, RE, Assembly & Worship, School Rules, Vision & Ethos, relationships and rapport in school, and the use of School Council.
Through SMSC provision schools should:
•Enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
•Enable children to distinguish right from wrong and respect the civil and criminal law of England.
•Encourage children 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 local community and to society as a whole.
•Enable children to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England.
•To develop further tolerance and harmony between different cultural religions by enabling children to experience and acquire an appreciation of, 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 applies in England.
Through ensuring pupil’s SMSC development we are promoting and teaching British Values. ...
What are British Values?
British Values promote democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and a tolerance to regard people of all faiths, races, cultures, disabilities and those that are different with respect. The teaching of fundamental British Values forms part of the PSHE work we do within school and as such is taught alongside this and RE.
The DfE have reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote these fundamental British Values. The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated this year in the document ‘Promoting Fundamental British Values as part of SMSC in Schools’, DfE November 2014.
The list below describes the understanding and knowledge a child should have as a result of schools teaching and promoting British values…
An understanding of how citizens can influence decision making through a democratic process.
An appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety.
An understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police or the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence.
An understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law.
An acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour; and an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination.