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SMSC and British Values

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) and British Values are at the heart at everything we do at Castlecombe Primary School. They are specifically taught through our PSHE and RE curriculum as well as the schools focus on UNICEF’s Rights Respecting Schools Initiative. However it underpins our ethos in all subject areas. We feel it is important as teachers to model effectively the values that form part of SMSC and endeavour to that in all teaching.


At the beginning of the year SMSC books are given to all children in Year 4 (Bronze), Year 5 (Silver) and Year 6 (Gold). These books help the children to think about their Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) learning and what they have done to achieve it. They then record their evidence of in their book, once the whole book is completed they are given their Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.

Through their SMSC learning they will get the opportunity to:

  • Explore your beliefs and the beliefs of others and reflect on your learning and experiences.
  • Think about the differences between right and wrong and what that means for your life.
  • Use a range of social skills in different contexts with people from varying backgrounds.
  • Explore different cultures and how they have shaped our own lives and the lives of others.

Their SMSC learning will also link with their learning about:

  • PSHE - Personal, Social, Health and Economic education
  • British Values: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith
  • Rights Respecting
  • Learning behaviours
  • E-safety

 British Values at Castlecombe


Respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process

  • We aim to provide pupils with a broad general knowledge and promote respect
  • We aim to teach pupils how they can influence decision making through the democratic process
  • We aim to give our children information on the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and how it works in Britain
  • We aim to encourage all pupils to become involved in decision making and ensure they are listened to in school
  • We aim to organise visits to develop this area
  • We aim to hold elections so pupils learn how to argue and defend points of view
  • We aim to teach all children to express their view
  • We aim to teach pupils how public services operate and how they are held to account

Rule of Law

Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England

Support for equality of opportunity for all

  • We aim to ensure all children know the school rules and expectations
  • We aim to make school rules and expectations clear and fair to all
  • We aim to help pupils distinguish between right and wrong
  • We aim to teach pupils about the law, to have respect for the law and the reasons we have the law
  • We aim to teach pupils that the law helps to protect us
  • We aim to work with our local Police officers within school
  • We aim to teach pupils about civil and criminal law and discuss how this may differ from Religious laws
  • We aim to demonstrate a fair approach and resolving conflicts

Individual Liberty

Support and respect for the liberties of individuals within the law

  • We aim to support pupils to develop their self esteem, self confidence and self knowledge
  • We aim to encourage all pupils to take responsibility for their actions
  • We aim to allow and encourage children to express their views
  • We aim to challenge stereotypes
  • We aim to ensure we have a strong anti – bullying culture that all children are aware of and follow
  • We aim to promote e-safety

Respect and Tolerance

Respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs

  • We aim to promote respect for all individuals
  • We aim to help pupils develop an understanding and respect their own and others' cultures
  • We aim to organise visits to places of worship
  • We aim to challenge unacceptable behaviour
  • We aim to develop links with faith communities
  • We aim to develop personal thinking skills
  • We aim to discuss differences between people