Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) and British Values
The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to 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.”
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated this year (2014). You can read the full version of the Prevent Strategy here. At Badgemore these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways. We keep an up to date audit of all such teaching and learning and other opportunities.
Each year the children at Badgemore decide upon their class responsibilities and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to this process and, although there are often common themes, rights and responsibilities are class-led rather than school-led. Pupils then share their class charter with the whole school. Additionally, at the beginning of every term, the school Code of Conduct is discussed with areas for development identified by the children as well as by the staff and parents.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. School council representatives for each class are voted in by their peers and school council are led by a member of staff and the Head Boy and Head Girl, again voted for by peers at the beginning of Year 6.
School leadership actively seek and act upon the views of the wider school community and this year the views of staff and parents have been gathered through questionnaires and pupils’ views will be gathered in the same way before the end of this academic year.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of Different Cultures, Faiths and Beliefs
Although Badgemore serves a number of families from different nationalities, the school is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Staff and members of our school community recently raised awareness of the variety of cultures within our school through an International Week. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.
At Badgemore we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
Ways in which we deliver Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) learning opportunities for pupils can be found here.