SMSC and British Values

Through experience and curriculum, Ellis Guilford ensures that our students have the skills they need to become successful rounded young people. We recognise that the development of students, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally along with Skills for Life lessons plays a significant part not only in their ability to learn and achieve but in their ability to relate fully to and have the ability to access the world they live in.  We therefore aim to provide an education that provides students with opportunities to explore and develop their own values, whilst recognising that those of others may differ. Beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour including a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures are all critical skills and dispositions that we nurture, encourage and develop through our subject and wider curriculum.   

All curriculum areas have a contribution to a child’s development in these areas and opportunities for this are planned in each area of the curriculum. Belief, values, principles and spirituality will be explored across the curriculum.  The integrity and spirituality of faith backgrounds will be respected and explored.  The diversity of spiritual traditions will be recognised, and students will be given access to alternative views.   

Students should understand their rights and accept their responsibilities and the need to respect the rights of others. Behaviour and recognition policies promote responsible behaviour. All curriculum areas should seek to use illustrations and examples drawn from as wide a range of cultural contexts as possible. This will be reflected in the teacher’s planning and learning resources.   

 Through classroom activities and dialogue in the wider curriculum we will give students opportunities to:   

  • Share their achievements and successes with others.   
  • Talk about personal experiences and feelings.   
  • Express and clarify their own ideas and beliefs.   
  • Speak about difficult events, e.g. bullying, death etc.   
  • Explore relationships with friends/family/others.   
  • Consider the needs and behaviour of others.   
  • Show empathy.   
  • Develop self‐esteem and a respect for others.   
  • Develop a sense of belonging.   
  • Develop the skills and attitudes that enable children to develop socially, morally, spiritually and culturally  e.g. empathy, respect, open‐mindedness, sensitivity, critical awareness etc.   

We deliver SMSC through a variety of ways beyond the curriculum:  

  • Challenge days
  • SMSC and Skills for life lessons
  • Assemblies
  • Guest speakers
  • Student leadership 
  • Sports leadership programme  
  • Peer mentor programme  
  • Extra‐curricular programme
  • School productions
  • Duke of Edinburgh