Eastbury’s Outstanding Approach to SMSC and British Values
- Continue to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development
- Promote fundamental British values
- Continue to align this with our duty to promote SMSC and take further steps forward to ensure a holistic, whole-school approach.
Our Visions and Values:
- We actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
- We do not tolerate discrimination or bullying
- All our students are entitled to learn in a safe and positive environment, free from fear and harassment.
Pupils at Eastbury are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance. We teach pupils to understand that, while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law. Our ethos and teaching, which we make parents aware of via the VLE, supports the rule of English civil and criminal law and we do not teach anything that undermines it. Students are taught the relationship between state and religious law, and are made aware of the difference between the law of the land and religious law.
Through Eastbury’s whole-school provision of SMSC, we:
- Enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
- Enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
- Encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely
- Enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of, and respect for, public institutions and services in England
- Ensure further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of, and respect for, their own and other cultures
- Encourage respect for other people
- Encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.
By promoting fundamental British values, the understanding and knowledge that Eastbury wishes to promote in all of its pupils encompasses:
- Influencing decision-making through the democratic process
- Living under the rule of law and knowing that this protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety
- A separation of power between the executive and the judiciary e.g. the courts maintain independence
- The freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs, and that this is protected in law
- An acceptance that other people have different faiths or beliefs to oneself, or have none, and this should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
- An understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination.
Actions that Eastbury has taken to ensure an outstanding, whole-school approach:
- Included in suitable parts of the curriculum, as appropriate for the age of pupils, material on the strengths, advantages and disadvantages of democracy, and how democracy and the law works in Britain
- Ensured that all pupils within the school have a voice e.g. our School Council and the voice of our student representatives, Prefects and Peer Mediators
- Used opportunities such as general or local elections to hold mock elections to promote fundamental British values and provide pupils with the opportunity to learn how to argue and defend points of view
- Used teaching resources from a wide variety of sources to help pupils understand a range of faiths
- Considered the role of extra-curricular activity, including any run directly by pupils, in promoting fundamental British values.
- Established a well-run, multi-faith, mixed-gender prayer room, supervised by members of staff in a safe and appropriate environment
- Utilised our in-school, advisory borough consultant to ensure the promotion and practice of SMSC and British Values throughout the curriculum
- Followed a detailed, established pastoral programme during tutor time
- Promoted the importance of reflection time, in all assemblies, for students to consider how their faith and beliefs lead them to behave positively towards one another
- Shared our SMSC curriculum map with SACRE, the LBBD advisory group for RE and collective worship, as an example of good practice to share with other schools.