British Values and SMSC
Promoting Fundamental British Values
In December 2014, the Department for Education published strengthened guidance on improving the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of children and young people including the requirements for schools to promote a set of fundamental British values with the aim of ensuring learners leave school prepared for life in Modern Britain.
In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in school to ensure young people leave here prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
Why is developing values literacy so important?
When we understand our own values, other peoples values, the values influencing society and the values affecting our environment, we are better able to choose and skilfully and consistently apply appropriate values within different contexts, thereby positively impacting real-life situations.
The Key Values are:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs