Corton Church of England Primary School

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What is SMSC?

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC. As part of work in this area, it meets Article 2 for the Rights of the Child where they apply to every child without discrimination.

Spiritual: Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

Moral: Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views and have an appreciation of British Values.

Social: Investigate and moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the fundamental values of British democracy.

Cultural: Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

"The school ensures that pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good. A strong collaborative ethos is evident in all aspects of the school’s work." 

Ofsted March 2017


British Values

Our school reflects British Values in all we do.

We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world.
We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British Society and to the world.

What are British Values?

Schools have been asked to explain how they promote British values. So what are ‘British values? There are certain values that have been attributed to being British, by the government and some institutions, and these fall into the following broad areas:

  • Democracy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Tolerance & Respect

How do we specifically promote ‘British Values’ at Corton Primary School?

Our activities and the way we manage learning and behaviour, clearly reflect British values.
This is evident throughout Collective Worship, Religious Education and our curricular and enrichment activities. We use visits and visitors to school to enhance experiences and develop deeper knowledge and understanding.


We provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services by discussing these whenever appropriate in curriculum work. We teach pupils how they can influence decision making through the democratic process and we encourage pupils to become involved in decision making processes linked to the school and local community and ensure they are listened to in school through a range of Pupil Voice activities. We model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged through our interactions with pupils and the schools’ behaviour system.

The Rule of Law

We ensure school rules and expectations are clear and fair by discussing these with pupils and establishing classroom rules with pupils themselves. We help pupils to distinguish right from wrong during everyday interactions and Collective Worship and we focus on fairness and justice to resolve any conflict as part of sanctions and our approach to behaviour. We help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals including the vulnerable in society. We include visits from the Police, the Fire Service, HM Coastguard and other agencies in our curriculum.

Individual Liberty

We support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence through every aspect of teaching and learning in school. Pupils take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their wider rights and responsibilities. We implement a strong anti-bullying culture and actively challenge stereotypes.

Respect and Tolerance

We promote respect for individual differences and help pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life. We challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour. We plan and implement multi faith days where we encourage visitors to teach our pupils about diverse places of worship and do not solely focus on Christianity in our curriculum. We develop critical personal thinking skills throughout our curricular work. This includes discussion on the differences between people, including; faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality, and different family situations.

"British values, such as tolerance and respect for those who hold different values or beliefs, are promoted through strategies such as ‘multi-faith days’, when visitors come into school to help pupils to develop an understanding of major world religions."

Ofsted March 2017