British Values and SMSC
In 2011 the government set out its ‘British values’ for life in modern Britain.
Rule of law
Tolerance of those of other faiths and beliefs
At Bishop's Castle Primary School these key values are discussed and celebrated in assemblies alongside our PSHE (personal, social and health education) and SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural) teaching. When developing our wider curriculum, we have ensured that these values, in addition to our own drivers and school values, are embedded in our planning and delivery. Opportunities are sought and utilised to enable us to promote the values. The values are also considered and referred to in any safeguarding arrangements.
Children understand and apply these values through a range of learning opportunities. For example:
A ‘School Council’ where children nominate one another, vote for representatives and take part in developing the school
Our school rules, where children are taught to make good choices and understand that all are responsible for taking part in making our school a happy place to be
Enabling children to take part in a wide range of clubs of their choice
Having high expectations with regard to manners, behaviour and courtesy
Supporting children to discuss differences and disagreements and find a solution
Marking national awareness days e.g. VE day, Remembrance, World Book Day
Helping pupils to value their own physical well-being through high quality school meals and sports provision
Teaching children, on a regular basis, about the importance of the internet, social media and keeping safe
Weekly ‘Celebration assemblies’ where excellent attendance, learning behaviours and successes are all valued
Ensuring that resilience and the importance of learning from mistakes is promoted and valued.