Hinchliffe Mill Junior & Infant School

SMSC and British Values

The intention SMSC and Fundamental British Values at our school

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. All schools in England must now show how well they support children’s SMSC development.

SMSC is defined as:

  • Spiritual: The opportunity to explore beliefs, experience and faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity and reflect on experiences.
  • Moral: The opportunity to learn what is right and wrong and respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues and offer reasoned views.
  • Social: The opportunity to use a range of social skills to participate in the local community and beyond; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict.
  • Cultural: The opportunity to explore and appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in cultural opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

Fundamental British Values are defined as:

The Department for Education has introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values more actively, and to ensure they are taught in schools. It states that there is a need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

At Hinchliffe Mill School our curriculum is committed to preparing our pupils for life in modern Britain. We see British Values as underpinning what it is to be a citizen in a modern and diverse Britain. They allow us to create environments free from discrimination, intolerance and hate. British Values help us to challenge prejudice and stereotyping, whilst strengthening relationships within the community. As well as actively promoting these values to our students, we also work hard to embed them across all curriculum areas. This ensures our students understand the importance of respect, so they can leave our school fully prepared for the next stage of their education and with the firm foundations they need to live and work in modern Britain as responsible citizens.

The fundamental British values are:


The Rule of Law

Individual Liberty



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