SMSC & British Values at Highfield
Take a look at some of the events and lessons that have taken place so far this year which support SMSC and British Values.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
All publicly-funded schools are required by law to teach a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities & experiences of life.
At Highfield Primary School we recognise that SMSC development plays a significant part in our pupils' ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides opportunities to explore and develop:
- values, beliefs and spiritual awareness;
- high standards of personal behaviour;
- a positive, caring attitude towards other people;
- an understanding of their own social and cultural traditions;
- an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures.
Our mission statement of CARE reflects these aims and aspires to instil qualities such as thoughtfulness, honesty, independence and respect in all our pupils to prepare them for their future lives as responsible citizens.
All curriculum areas, but particularly PSHE and RE, contribute towards SMSC.
The DfE introduced a statuary duty for schools to promote British Values more actively from September 2014.
At Highfield, we ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas and in particular RE and PSHE lessons provide opportunities to deepen and develop understanding.
We take very seriously our responsibility to prepare our children for life in modern Britain. We value the ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate and explore these alongside other cultures and traditions in our country.
You can download our British Values Statement here.
Since 1 July 2015, all schools in England have a legal duty to prevent pupils from being radicalised.
Prevent is part of CONTEST, the Government’s strategy to address terrorism. The main aim of Prevent is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Prevent focuses on all forms of terrorist threats e.g. international terrorism, far right extremists (among others).
The Government’s Prevent strategy can be found at the following address: www.homeoffice.gov.uk
At Highfield we aim to safeguard all our children from any harm, including that posed by terrorism. We promote diversity and respect. We encourage our children to engage in debates within a safe environment and involve them in decision making, for instance the School Council. Through PSHE lessons, our pupils explore their own and other's values.