SMSC and British Values
SMSC is about developing the whole person. As our pupils move through the school, we are committed to developing not only their academic potential, but also their spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness.
Examples of how we manage this:
- Giving pupils the opportunity to explore values and beliefs, including religious beliefs, and the way in which they affect people's lives.
- Encouraging pupils to reflect, and learn from reflection.
- Giving pupils the opportunity to understand human feelings and emotions; the way they affect people and how an understanding of them can be helpful.
- Developing a climate or ethos within which all pupils can grow and flourish, respect others and be respected.
- Accommodating difference and respecting the integrity of individuals.
- Promoting teaching styles which:
- Value pupils' questions and give them space for their own thoughts, ideas and concerns.
- Enable pupils to make connections between aspects of their learning.
- Encourage pupils to relate their learning to a wider frame of reference – asking ‘Why?’, ‘How?’ and ‘Where?’, as well as ‘What?’
- Monitoring our spiritual offer regularly.
- Providing a clear set of school rules as a basis for behaviour, which is promoted consistently through all aspects of the school.
- Promoting measures to prevent discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
- Providing opportunities for pupils across the curriculum to explore and develop moral concepts and British Values – these include: personal rights and responsibilities, truth, justice, equality of opportunity, right and wrong.
- Developing an open and safe learning environment in which pupils can express their views and practise moral decision-making.
- Rewarding good behaviour.
- Modelling, through the quality of relationships and interactions, the principles we stand for: fairness, integrity, respect for people, welfare of pupils, respect for minority interests, resolution of conflict.
- Encouraging pupils to take responsibility for their actions; respect for property, care of the environment, and developing codes of behaviour.
- Providing models of moral virtue through literature, humanities, science, art, assemblies and acts of worship.
- Monitoring our moral offer regularly.
- Identifying key values and principles on which school and community life is based.
- Fostering a sense of community, with common, inclusive values to ensure that everyone, irrespective of ethnic origin, nationality, gender, ability, sexual orientation and religion can flourish.
- Encouraging pupils to work co-operatively.
- Providing positive teamwork experiences – through assemblies, team activities, residential experiences, and school productions.
- Helping pupils develop personal qualities which are valued in modern Britain, such as: thoughtfulness, honesty, respect for difference, moral principles, independence, and self-respect.
- Providing opportunities for engaging in the democratic process and participating in community life.
- Providing opportunities for pupils to exercise leadership and responsibility.
- Providing positive and effective links with the world of work and the wider community.
- Monitoring our social offer regularly.
- Providing opportunities for pupils to explore their own cultural assumptions and values.
- Presenting authentic accounts of the attitudes, values and traditions of diverse cultures.
- Addressing discrimination on the grounds of race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation, whilst promoting all forms of equality.
- Recognising and nurturing particular gifts and talents.
- Providing opportunities for pupils to participate in literature, drama, music, art, crafts and other cultural events, and encouraging pupils to reflect on their significance.
- Developing partnerships with outside agencies and individuals to extend pupils' cultural awareness; through theatre, museum, concert and gallery visits, resident artists, and foreign exchanges.
- Reinforcing the school’s cultural values through displays, posters, exhibitions, and much more.
- Auditing the quality and nature of opportunities for pupils to extend their cultural development across the curriculum.
- Monitoring our cultural offer regularly.
Embedded within our SMSC provision is the teaching of British Values.
British Values at Tiger
At Tiger Primary School, we believe that children need an understanding of themselves and their place and value in British society in order to learn self-respect, respect for others, and to also build positive attitudes and relationships with others. Within our curriculum, children are taught fundamental British Values; including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
- Annually vote for representatives on the School Council.
- Pupils are encouraged to share their views about how the school can be improved.
- Through drama, Reading Skills lessons and PSHE, children explore the issues of fairness and equality.
- School assembly themes are important for highlighting issues around democracy, rights and responsibilities (appreciation, co-operation, freedom, democracy, hope and courage).
Rule of Law
- Rules are consistently reinforced at Tiger Primary and are directly linked to our values.
- Whole school and class rules are an important part of the school ethos and support us to promote a harmonious and happy environment where all pupils feel safe.
- From the moment each child starts at Tiger, they are taught the school rules and are expected to follow them.
- Pupils are taught the values and reasons behind school rules and laws.
- Pupils are clear about the consequences if rules are broken.
- At Tiger Primary, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices and ‘have a go’, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
- As a school, we educate and provide boundaries for our pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and empowering curriculum.
- Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms, and are taught how to do so safely through methods such as e-safety and PHSE lessons.
- We promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs. Children are regularly given the opportunity to select activities/challenges, to choose how they record their learning and to participate in extra-curricular clubs and opportunities.
- Mutual respect is at the heart of Tiger Primary’s ethos and values. Pupils learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others.
- All members of our school community treat each other with respect.
- We value the strengths of all members of the school community.
- We believe in providing all children with the skills for lifelong learning through engaging children in a rich curriculum within a shared culture of safety and respect.
- At Tiger Primary, we believe that children are unique and we will support each individual to realise their full potential.
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
- Tiger is an inclusive school and we celebrate our differences.
- We actively encourage families and members of the community to help us celebrate different faiths and cultures.
- We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures (Black History Month and Multicultural Week).
- The school curriculum encourages educational trips to different places of worship.
- Assemblies are planned which celebrate different faiths and beliefs.