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Northgate Primary School

Northgate Primary School

British Values and SMSc

At Northgate we believe in building a community of confident, responsible, caring, compassionate, respectful and highly motivated children who will grow up into strong and active members of society who are able to take their place in the world and go on to great and exciting things.

We recognise that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides pupils with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive, caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of different cultures. We are committed to actively promoting the Core British Values and serving its community. We recognise that this includes challenging opinions or behaviours in school that are contrary to these core values and recognise the multicultural, multi faith and ever-changing diversity of the United Kingdom.

British Values


The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011’Prevent Strategy’ and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. 

At Northgate we reinforce these values regularly and in the following ways: 

  • Democracy is promoted through a pupil council and pupil questionnaires. Elections for School Council representatives are undertaken in each class every year. Children are always able to voice their opinions and we foster an environment where children are safe to disagree with each other. 

  • The Rule of Law, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service, Road Safety etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message. 

  • Individual Liberty is taught within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge or participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.  








  • Mutual Respect is a core value and an important part of our school ethos and behaviour policy. This has revolved around our values such as respect and tolerance, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our class learning behaviours as well as our positive behaviour policy. 



  • Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. We promote the languages and cultural celebrations of pupils for whom English is an additional language, and are encouraged to share their knowledge during our annual multi-cultural week. 

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development 


At Northgate, SMSC is sometimes taught discretely, and sometimes through other subjects. It is interwoven with the drive to promote positive relationships with all people, to ensure that extremism and radicalization is addressed early. Each year we take part in a range of activities such as Divali, Chinese New Year and Remembrance Day to develop the children's appreciation of other peoples and faiths. 


Spiritual Development


 As a school we aim to provide learning opportunities that will enable pupils to:

· Sustain their self-esteem in their learning experience.

· Develop their capacity for critical and independent thought.

· Foster their emotional life and express their feelings.

· Experience moments of stillness and reflection.

· Discuss their beliefs, feelings, values and responses to personal experiences

· Form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships.

· Reflect on, consider and celebrate the wonders and mysteries of life.


Planned opportunities for spiritual development in all subjects can be seen across the school. Children are given opportunities to reflect upon the meaning of spiritual experiences. The school will develop a climate and ethos within which all pupils can grow and flourish, respect others and be respected; accommodating difference and respecting the integrity if individuals. These can occur during any part of the school day, e.g. when listening to music, discussing the care needed for animals, exercising empathy or creativity etc.



Moral Development

 As a school we aim to provide learning opportunities that will enable pupils to:

· Recognise the unique value of each individual.

· Listen and respond appropriately to the views of others.

· Gain the confidence to cope with setbacks and learn from mistakes.

· Take initiative and act responsibly with consideration for others.

· Distinguish between right and wrong.

· Show respect for the environment.

Make informed and independent judgments.


Teachers always generate with their classes a set of rules for the classroom based on the values held by the school, which are displayed in each classroom. We teach the children to be aware of their own actions, take responsibility for their own bodies and encourage independence. We will help the children to identify their feelings and think these through so that they are expressed in behaviour that is socially acceptable.


This is done through collective worship, circle time and PSHE/Circle Time sessions. We are interested in the development of the whole child and will endeavour to raise their self-esteem through praise and other means that highlight both academic and social achievements.



Social Development

 As a school we aim to promote opportunities that will enable pupils to:

· Develop an understanding of their individual and group identity.

· Help others in the school and wider community.


We recognise that pupils who are becoming socially aware are likely to be developing the ability to:

· Adjust to a range of social contexts by demonstrating appropriate and sensitive behaviour

· Relate well to other people’s social skills and personal qualities

· Work successfully, as a member of a group or team

· Share views and opinions with others

· Resolve conflicts maturely and appropriately

· Reflect on their own contribution to society

· Show respect for people, living things, property and the environment Exercise responsibility





Cultural Development

 As a school we aim to promote opportunities that will enable pupils to:

· Recognise the value and richness of cultural diversity in Britain, and how these influence individuals and society.

· Have an understanding of the major world faiths.

· Develop an understanding of their social and cultural environment.

· Develop an understanding of Britain's local, national, European, Commonwealth and global dimensions.


Children should be made aware of the diversity of other cultures both within modern Britain and throughout the world. This can be done through music, PE, art and many other curriculum areas. This is shown in our Foundation subject planning.



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British Values and SMSC at Northgate Primary School