You will have heard in the media, how important it is for schools to promote 'fundamental British Values' as part of our teaching of SMSC. (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural .)
'Promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs'.
We teach PSHE and British Values in a variety of ways. Some of the objectives are covered in dedicated PSHE times. Many of the objectives are covered through other areas of the school’s curriculum e.g. RE, Assemblies, Topic learning, Science and the ‘hidden curriculum;’ attitudes and expectations of behaviour promoted by adults in the school, through role modelling our school ethos and vision.
The overviews below demonstrate how we teach the British Values through our Topic based curriculum.
We asked the staff and children how SMSC is developed in our school. These are the ideas they shared, linked to the British Values.
At Towcester C of E Primary School, we deliver and promote SMSC through our collective worship, our strong school ethos that is consistent across the whole school community and by ensuring our pupils experience a wide range of activities and opportunities that truly enhance their learning and understanding of life and people.
This is probably best seen in our school through everything we do and our interactions with each other. It is integral to the way we live and work together.
Our firm relationships with the local and international community show how we respond and work with others in a positive and harmonious way. For example, on many occasions now, our children experience a group of children arriving at our school, not in school uniform, visiting us from another school and country. Quickly you will see our children accept and integrate our visitors including them in games and helping them if needed.
In addition to this, we often hire mini-buses and take the children to learn in other environments that open up their life experiences. For example, we have an annual RE activity week visiting other places of worship. Through our own regular visits to Church, our children know how to behave in a respectful and sensible manner - knowing what is appropriate and why.
All of our pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance. Whilst our school is a Church of England school, we are multi-faith and multi-cultured. We value and respect each other's beliefs and celebrate our differences by sharing our different experiences and practices. This, in turn, enhances our PSHE and RE curriculum and is reflected in the children's work and understanding.
Visitors to the school and our Collective Worship and our support to charities (locally, nationally and internationally) enable the children to acquire a broad general knowledge and respect for public institutions and services in England. For example, our fund raising for Guide Dogs and working with our PCSO to understand safe use of the internet and looking after our local environment. For the past two years, our Year 6 pupils have attended the South Northants 'Citizen Day' and benefited from meeting local groups that have helped them further in their education about life.
Our children learn about 'values' and we have 6 core values that we focus on across the school that we feel enhance our school and Christian ethos. These are promoted through our teaching and collective worship. We use visitors, Bible stories and singing to illustrate our school values. We sing songs such as 'The School Rule Song', 'Together' and 'We are One' that reinforce what is meant by the school ethos.
We have a School Council which practices and encourages respect for democracy and provides an opportunity for children to engage in the democratic process of voting for ideas that they wish to pursue on behalf of others.
We are confident that our pupils leave our school happy and contented in understanding themselves, others and the world around them in an inclusive manner. They will understand values that make them better as a person and member of society.