SMSC & British Values
SMSC at FPIS and how we promote Fundamental British Values
At Furze Platt Primary Federation, we value SMSC. We are inclusive and diverse! We not only actively promote the social, spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at our schools – they sit at the very heart of everything we do! This was recognised by Ofsted during our most recent inspections.
We want our children to remember their SMSC lessons in our schools, to cherish these memories and embrace the opportunities they are presented with! Bringing SMSC alive is important at Furze Platt Primary Federation. Our SMSC permeates through our curriculum which has been carefully crafted so that our children develop their Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural capital. These are underpinned by our FPPF Values.
We use the vibrancy of our local community to learn from other cultures, respect diversity, co-operate with one another and appreciate what they have.
We enrich our pupils’ time in our school with memorable, unforgettable experiences and provide opportunities which are normally out of reach – this piques their interests and passions.
Promoting Fundamental British Values as part of SMSC
Through our provision of SMSC we:
- enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
- enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
- encourage students 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 locality of the school and to society more widely;
- enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;
- further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to 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 applied in England.
The list below describes the understanding and knowledge expected of pupils as a result of our school promoting fundamental British values.
- an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the 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 and 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.