British Values & SMSC Development

At Southwark, fundamental British Values and children’s SMSC development is embedded within all aspects of school life. We expect individuals associated with our school to adhere to and respect these values which unite us all whatever their faith, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation or beliefs. There are times when our taught curriculum will  cover these values but we also make best use of opportunities throughout the school day to promote these at all times. The way in which we teach these is appropriate to the stages of development of the children.  This may be through assemblies, whole school themed days/weeks, School Council, our behaviour and reward system, charity and fundraising work, and enrichment activities to name but a few!

The PHSE curriculum is designed to cover issues affecting our local school community – prominence is given to SRE, lessons on healthy and positive relationships and consent. E-safety is taught throughout the year. A weekly ‘Big Question’, linked to the current news, provides a regular opportunity for pupils to engage with a topical issue and explore British Values. Learning about bullying and discrimination includes issues such as homophobia, race and religion and disability.