SMSC, School & British Values
Our July 2019 Ofsted report states that:
"They (The Phoenix Primary School & Nursery) have created a strong ethos based on the school’s motto of ‘enter to learn, leave to achieve’. They I take every opportunity to promote the school’s own values and how they link to British values, celebrate diversity and remind pupils of the importance of respect and care for one another. This adds significantly to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development”
“Weekly assemblies promote pupils’ understanding of the beliefs of people from different cultural backgrounds and help them consider the lives of others. Pupils feel that they can share their views and personal concerns and, if they do, they are confident that staff will follow them up."
We have a school poem that we all say at the end of assemblies. It reflects the peaceful, calm, caring and nurturing environment that is our school.
Our Shared Vision
This is our school,
Let peace dwell here.
Let the room be full of content,
Let love surround us.
Love of mankind,
Love of one another,
And love of life itself.
Just as many hands built a house,
So as many hearts build a home.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC)
At The Phoenix Primary School and Nursery, we promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding and development. The following definitions are our shared beliefs which you will see being positively nurtured and celebrated all around our school environment.
Spiritual Development is the emotional well being of the child or adult both as an individual and as part of the school community. It is the development of values, principles and beliefs which enable an individual to respond deeply to the world around them.
Moral Development is the growth of a set of key values, principles and beliefs, along with a considered understanding of right and wrong. It is the awareness that there are consequences for every action and choices we make collectively and as individuals. It leads to a tolerance of difference, and a deeper understanding of moral and ethical issues within a variety of contexts.
Social Development is the development of social skills to enable and empower us to be part of the class, school, community and wider world, and to make new positive relationships. It develops the skills to communicate effectively with people of all ages and backgrounds and, where necessary, to work as part of a team, providing compassion and collaboration.
Cultural Development is bringing the school community together, based on a mutual tolerance and understanding towards different faiths, cultures and ways of life. It develops self confidence in expressing pride in one’s own beliefs and culture in a safe, respectful way. Additionally, it promotes learning and understanding of the various festivals, celebrations and faiths celebrated in our school, local area and the wider world.
Promoting British Values
The 2014 Primary National Curriculum reinforces:
“The need to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of the law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
All schools have a duty to ‘”actively promote” the fundamental British values stated above.
At The Phoenix Primary School and Nursery we promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and through this demonstrate our commitment to fostering fundamental British values.
- We explore, respect and value the cultures and beliefs of ourselves and others.
- We respond to situations in an appropriate manner.
- We recognise that every action has a consequence.
- We recognise our achievements and praise one another.
- Our ideas and voices are listened to.
- We value our education and endeavour to attend school every day.
- We are aware of the wider world and how to explore it safely.
- We contribute to our community.
- We make choices in a safe and supportive environment.
Meeting the requirements for collective worship, establishing a strong school ethos supported by effective relationships throughout the school, and providing relevant activities beyond the classroom are all ways that we ensure pupil’s SMSC development.
In January, we started a database called ‘Gridmaker’, to capture, analyse and share some of the evidence of SMSC and British Values learning at our school. It also records Physical Health & Mental Well-Being, Relationship Education, and PSHE activities.
Please see the PDF document below to see some of the things that your child has been learning.
SMSC inc FBV Policy
We display a number of posters in class to support children’s SMSC development.
If you have any further enquiries regarding SMSC or British Values, please see Miss Johnson, the SMSC Leader.