Promoting SMSC & British Values
At Lake View the teaching of SMSC and 'British Values' is embedded in our curriculum as well as our school ethos. Learning is cross-curricular and aspects of SMSC are explored through other subjects as well as assembly themes.
What is SMSC?
SMSC stands for social, moral, spiritual, and cultural development.
Spiritual development: children explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
Moral development: children learn to recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
Social development: children investigate moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance
Cultural development: children learn to appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
Promoting 'British values'
From November 2014, all schools have responsibility a to 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. As per the advice from the DfE, at Lake View we aim promote these values through SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural development) and is embedded throughout our curriculm and school ethos.
A(Source: Grimes, Michael. 'What is SMSC?'. www.doingsmsc.org.uk. N.p., 2014.)
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SMSC in action at Lake View
Children at Lake View take an active approach to SMSC. Lots of our SMSC opportunities are child-led or facilitated. These include Pupil Parliament, School Council, Friendship Leaders, Take 5 Ambassadors, KS1 Play Leaders, 8's Leaders, Head Boy and Head Girl and Prefects.For further information about this subject, such as for example the policy, please contact the school office.