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St Francis Church of England School

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Values

Here at St Francis CE Primary School we recognise that the personal development of children, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally (SMSC) plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve.  We aim to ensure that a child’s education is set within a context that is meaningful and appropriate to their age, aptitude and background. We plan to give each child a range of opportunities to reflect upon, and discuss their beliefs, feelings and responses to personal experience. We want to enable children to develop an understanding of their individual and group identity. We endeavour to enable children to begin to develop an understanding of their social and cultural environment and an appreciation of the many cultures that now enrich our society. We strive to provide each child with the opportunity to explore social and moral issues, and help them develop a sense of social and moral responsibility.

Fundamental British Values 

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• Cultural - Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity

• Tolerance and respect - To respect and tolerate the opinions or behaviour of others

• Individual liberty - Be free to express views or ideas

• Rule of law - Learn that all people and institutions are subject to and accountable for their actions and behaviour

• Spiritual - Explore beliefs, experience and faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity and reflect on experiences

• Social - Use a range of social skills to participate in the local community and beyond; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict

• Moral - Recognise right and wrong and respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues and offer reasoned views

• Democracy - Be part of a system where everyone plays an equal part


Useful links:

Guidance on Promoting British Values in Schools – GOV.UK