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Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

The DfE reinforces the need for “All maintained schools (to) meet the requirements … (to) promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of their pupils. Through ensuring pupils’ SMSC development, schools can also demonstrate they are actively promoting fundamental British values.”

These British values as set out by the government in the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2011 are listed as:

democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

In addition

Pupils must be encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance.

At Grange Park School, we understand that the society we live in and are part of is diverse and reflect this in both our day-to-day life in school and our curriculum. For our children, we aim to continually weave the threads of social, cultural, moral and spiritual and specifically British values through everything that we do in school.

To support this, these values are reinforced regularly – examples of how we achieve this are set out below:


  • Mock elections
  • School Parliament
  • Visit to Houses of Parliament 

The Rule of Law

  • Behaviour for learning policy
  • High behaviour expectations by all staff
  • Public service visits including local community Police Officer

Individual liberty

  • Choice of progressively more challenging activities during lessons
  • Family assemblies celebrating individual successes
  • School clubs catering for a range of interests
  • Support in exercising rights and freedoms safely e.g. esafety training
  • Entrepreneurship

Mutual respect

  • Restorative conversations
  • Circle times
  • Anti-bullying week
  • Healthy Relationship Education

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

  • Values assemblies
  • Celebration assemblies for different faiths
  • PSHE lessons taught in all year groups
  • RE lessons taught in all year groups
  • Visits to a range of places of worship