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SMSC and Fundamental British Values

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is fundamental to our work if we are to prepare our young people to move into the world of work and function fully as contributing citizens to their community in which they live.

We define SMSC as the following;


Exploring beliefs and experiences, respecting values, discover yourself and the surrounding world and your place within it, using imagination and creativity and being able to reflect as an individual.


Recognising right and wrong, understanding choices and consequences, investigating moral and ethical issues and being able to offer a reasoned viewpoint.


Using social skills appropriately in different contexts and understanding how different groups and communities function, being tolerant of others.


Understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, participating in cultural opportunities and understand and appreciate cultural influences.  

In our changing world and local communities it is also important to promote fundamental British values as part of SMSC and this includes celebrating our strong vision and ethos, encouraging and supporting students to develop effective relationships, providing a broad and balanced curriculum whilst offering activities beyond the classroom.

All of our students are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance.

We also promote the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance.  By actively promoting these values we challenge anyone in our school community whose opinions or behaviours undermine these core beliefs.

How do we promote SMSC development in our students?

Our SMSC audit maps for us where our students experience these influences in our school, in addition to this we have other SMSC activities that further promote fundamental British values.

 Claydon's Core Characteristics 

Our four core characteristics feature heavily in our curriculum and the school environment. They are closely aligned to the fundamental British values and the development of spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding.

We aim to develop students' confidence and ask them to be compassionate and conscientious and to challenge themselves to 'be the best they can be'. 


 SMSC Policy and Audit