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SMSC & British Values

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At Inglehurst Junior School we believe in building a community of confident, resilient,
responsible, compassionate and respectful children who will grow up into strong and
active members of society who are able to take their place in the world and go on to
great and exciting things.  We aim for our children to be the best ‘me’ they can be.

What is SMSC?
It is the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of the children at IJS.  At IJS, SMSC is

sometimes taught explicitly, however all curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering

understanding of these concepts.  In particular, our RE and PSHE lessons provide excellent

opportunities explore social and moral issues, develop a sense of social and moral responsibility

and promote the fundamental British Values. These values are underpinned by the rights and

responsibilities followed by children and staff within the school.
British Values

At IJS we have a focus on the fundamental British Values as outlined below with how this looks

at IJS.  


Democracy – what do we do? 

  • Children voice their opinions through the Pupil Leadership Team

  • Children also vote for class captains

  • Trips to the Houses of Parliament in Year 5 and 6

  • Weekly votes in Picture News lessons


Rule of law – what do we do? 

  • Ensure school rules and expectations are clear and fair by using the 'Track-it Light' behaviour system

  • Discuss and draw up individual class rules and expectations

  • Visits from the police and the fire service throughout the year


Individual liberty – what do we do?

  • Implement an anti-bullying policy that children follow

  • E-Safety through school in computing lessons and Safer Internet Day activities

  • PSHE lessons and circle time so pupils are aware of their rights and how to exercise them safely.


Respect and tolerance – what do we do?

  • Whole school assemblies each week following the teaching that is taking place within PSHE

  • Class & year group assemblies and activities to celebrate different celebrations and religious festivals e.g. Chinese New Year, Christmas, Easter, Diwali, Eid, Holi etc.

  • Children and staff of other faiths are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school

  • Each year group visits different places of worship throughout the school year

  • Visitors from other faiths visit the school and host assemblies or fairs

  • Classes discuss the vales of empathy, respect and tolerance within PSHE and RE lessons but also within circle time sessions 

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