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Taxal and Fernilee CE Primary School

SMSC and British Values


What is SMSC?

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



We encourage children to explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.



We discuss and explore integrity, how to recognise right and wrong; and why it is important to respect the law. We talk about consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.


The children learn to use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the "British Values" of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.



Our children appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.



What are British Values?

As part of our SMSC provision, each year we deliver a series of lessons that focus on the core British values of: Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of different faiths and belief.


We use the syllabus provided by The Linking Network to teach British Values. If you want to find out more about the lessons that are taught, please contact Mr Lynch.