What are British values?
- Rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and those without faith
All maintained schools must meet the requirements set out in section 78 of the Education Act 2002 and promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of their pupils. Through ensuring pupils' SMSC development, schools can also demonstrate they are actively promoting fundamental British values. (Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools. Department of Education advice for maintained schools. November 2014.)
Spiritual Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
Moral Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
Social Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse view points; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the British values of democracy; the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.
Cultural Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
At Marlpool Juniors, the teaching of SMSC forms part of our school vision: 'to acquire a reasoned set of attitudes, values and beliefs including a respect for and understanding of other people and their way of life', and is taught across the curriculum and throughout the school day.