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SMSC and British Values

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC)

At St Mary Cray we recognise the need not only for every child to succeed academically across the National Curriculum but also to develop socially, morally, spiritually and culturally. We know that as our learners develop the qualities and values of respect and reflection this impacts positively on our children’s ability to deal with challenges in learning and life beyond the classroom.

Across the curriculum we provide opportunities to do this bolstered by our SMSC scheme. Learners review their actions and evidence where they have achieved the I can/I have statements in their booklets. Children work towards achieving Foundation / Bronze / Silver / Gold status as the make their journey through the school.

Learners ultimately prepare themselves to be ready for being part of life in modern Britain. As a school we develop the understanding and commitment to key values including: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

Our British Values are:


Respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process

  • We aim to provide pupils with a broad general knowledge and promote respect
  • We aim to teach pupils how they can influence decision making through the democratic process
  • We aim to give our children information on the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and how it works in Britain
  • We aim to encourage all pupils to become involved in decision making and ensure they are listened to in school
  • We aim to organise visits to develop this area
  • We aim to hold elections so pupils learn how to argue and defend points of view
  • We aim to teach all children to express their view
  • We aim to teach pupils how public services operate and how they are held to account

The Rule of Law

Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England

Support for equality of opportunity for all

  • We aim to ensure all children know the school rules and expectations
  • We aim to make school rules and expectations clear and fair to all
  • We aim to help pupils distinguish between right and wrong
  • We aim to teach pupils about the law, to have respect for the law and the reasons we have the law
  • We aim to teach pupils that the law helps to protect us
  • We aim to work with our local Police officers within school
  • We aim to teach pupils about civil and criminal law and discuss how this may differ from Religious laws
  • We aim to demonstrate a fair approach and resolving conflicts

Individual Liberty 

Support and respect for the liberties of individuals within the law

  • We aim to support pupils to develop their self esteem, self confidence and self knowledge
  • We aim to encourage all pupils to take responsibility for their actions
  • We aim to allow and encourage children to express their views
  • We aim to challenge stereotypes
  • We aim to ensure we have a strong anti – bullying culture that all children are aware of and follow
  • We aim to promote e-safety

Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

Respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs

  • We aim to promote respect for all individuals
  • We aim to help pupils develop an understanding and respect their own and others' cultures
  • We aim to organise visits to places of worship
  • We aim to challenge unacceptable behaviour
  • We aim to develop links with faith communities
  • We aim to develop personal thinking skills
  • We aim to discuss differences between people