SMSC and British Values

What is SMSC?


SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural. All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC.


Explore beliefs and experience; respect values; discover oneself and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.


Recognise right and wrong; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.


Use social skills in different contexts; work well with others; resolve conflicts; understand how communities work.


Appreciate cultural influences; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

British Values

At St Martin’s School we ensure that through our school vision, ethos, agreed values, curriculum and teaching we promote respect and tolerance for all cultures, faiths and lifestyles. As educators we have a duty to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and to keep them safe. We support the current Ofsted guidance and value its importance:

‘ ensure that they and the school promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles; and support and help, through their words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain’

The promotion of modern British values and democracy is clearly evident within our school through:

·         Whole school and class assemblies where we discuss and celebrate school values including respect and tolerance and focus on the ability to make the right choices

·         R.E lessons which teach the children about similarities and differences between different faiths and cultures

·         Our curriculum which shows the many influences that have helped to shape the modern Britain of today and the values of our society

·         Our Values which guide our behaviour and thinking, discussions and pastoral care

·         Our School Council and House Captains with its democratic system of voting

·         Opportunities which provide all pupils with a clearly heard ‘voice’

·         Anti-bullying weeks

·         Close links with our community

·         Our charity work

–         Our PSHE curriculum which supports and embeds all of the above

Click here for the PSHE curriculum

Click here for the PSHE policy.