All maintained schools 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 their pupils. Through ensuring pupils’ SMSC development, schools can also demonstrate they are actively promoting fundamental British values.
Updated DfE Guidance on Promoting British Values as part of the SMSC curriculum was published in November 2014, which requires 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’
‘Ensure that they and the school promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles; and support and help, through their words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain’.
At Holt Primary School we aim through our ethos and key values to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our children, while also promoting and developing their understanding of British Values. We provide rich and varied opportunities and experiences for our children through our creative curriculum, so that they can become well-rounded, confident lifelong learners who will make a positive contribution to society in modern Britain and the wider world.
Our school is a vibrant and harmonious family community. We recognise and value the different cultures, beliefs and lifestyles of our pupils. We actively 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. We firmly believe that the spiritual, moral, cultural and social development of our pupils is a vital part of their preparation for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
Our curriculum is broad, balanced and creative. It is enriched by links with other schools, our community, sporting opportunities, educational visits, workshops, visiting speakers and through the opportunity to take part in competitions, concerts, artistic performances, celebrations and charity fund raising events. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils is planned for and addressed across different subject areas, through our programme of assemblies and involvement in a wide range of artistic, musical, sporting and community events. Our SIAMS inspection recognised our SMSC work in this area as outstanding and our ArtsMark Gold Award celebrates how we champion the arts to inspire learning and enrich our curriculum.
Our commitment to supporting others is reflected in our many charity fundraising initiatives, which across this year has seen us support Macmillan Cancer Care, Send a Cow, Children in Need, Operation Christmas Child, Comic Relief and Dorothy House, alongside our two ongoing charities: for our link school in Juba, Sudan and our local Storehouse Foodbank.
Agreed whole school rules and an expectation that our children demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour ensure it is a safe, happy and caring environment. Children are taught to understand their rights and the responsibilities, to respect and value themselves and others. They have a voice within school, through our school and eco council and contribute to the wider life of the school and community as Youth Parliament representatives, sporting, eco council members and digital ambassadors.
The children’s understanding of democracy has been enhanced by visits from the Parliament outreach team, local MPs, our own school elections and our Youth Parliament representatives within our school cluster. They have experienced the opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament and find out more about the process of government, rule of law and the democratic process.
Through RE lessons and assemblies, pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of how those who hold different faiths and beliefs to their own and we mark and celebrate special occasions and events across different faiths and cultures. When learning about different faiths, visits have been made to places of worship and the school has welcomed visitors to explore faiths with the children in a more personal way.
We value that we live together in modern Britain. Our children have the opportunity to learn about life in Britain past and present; about those famous Britons and historical events that have shaped and continue to shape our British society. This has included participation in the Tim Peake’s Space Seed Science challenge, visiting the Bloodhound engineering project and taking part in learning about and meeting with David Hempleman Adams as part of his recent Polar Challenge. Our recent Key Stage 2 learning around the monarchy gave the children the chance to find out about democracy through the Magna Carta, visit the Tower of London and learn more about the history of the British monarchy.
We celebrate British traditions and commemorate landmark events and anniversaries together as a whole school, such as Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee, the London Olympics and participating in a recent World War 1 research and remembrance project within our local community.