SMSC & British Values

At Beech Hill School, we believe that the values of our school underpin the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of all learners. We recognise that the holistic development of pupils plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve.

Therefore, we take a cross-curricular approach that provides pupils with opportunities to explore and develop SMSC so that they are prepared for life in diverse, modern Britain.

We have clear behaviour and reward systems that promote high standards of personal behaviour and teach children to take responsibility for their own actions. Our school values are rooted our school charter and our day to day practice so that we can create a positive, inclusive learning environment.

Our School Values

 

Examples of how we embed British Values at Beech Hill School:

Spiritual:

  • Whole school assemblies
  • RE mornings
  • Strong school values
  • PSHE teaching
  • Working walls
  • Creative curriculum
  • Residential trips
  • Gold Book assembly
  • Visits to places of worship
  • Museum/gallery visits
  • Self-assessment/peer assessment

Moral:

  • Rights Respecting School Council
  • School council elections
  • Consistent use of our positive behaviour system
  • Clear and effective behavioural policy
  • Charity fundraising
  • Good relationships between staff and children
  • Good relationships between children
  • Reward systems within each class as well as whole school reward systems
  • Displays of British values and school values

Social:

  • Christmas, Easter and Eid events
  • Parental events during parents’ week
  • School council events
  • Educational visits
  • Residential trips
  • Sports day and other sports competitions
  • Special visitors in school
  • Displays of school values

Cultural:

  • Religious and non-religious educational visits
  • Public performances
  • Special visitors in school
  • Trips to museums and galleries
  • Creative curriculum – topic, RE, music and art
  • Displays of school values

 

British Values

At Beech Hill School we want our children to become responsible, active citizens who participate in democracy and public life with respect for diversity and a commitment to working towards greater community cohesion. Social, moral, spiritual and cultural education is at the heart of our school which emphasises the difference between right and wrong and respecting and tolerating differences in a very diverse and modern Britain. We have a creative curriculum that will enable children to make progress towards these aims. Through engaging lessons, we give them all a better understanding of themselves and others in the ‘community of communities’ in which they live.

Even though our school values work in harmony with British Values, we also aim to actively promote British Values in our curriculum so that pupils are prepared for the future. Despite modelling values in everything we say and do, we explicitly discuss topics linked to the values in a weekly whole school assembly. We do this because we want children to debate and discuss modern day issues liked to individual liberty, the rule of law, democracy, mutual respect and tolerance so that they understand the importance of them and build their inquisitiveness. 

Examples of how we embed British Values at Beech Hill School:

 

British values

 

 

 

Rights Respecting School Award

Beech Hill is successfully working towards renewing our “Rights Respecting School” Award. The fundamental ethos of our school reflects our passion to promote children’s rights to empower them to become global citizens. We effectively address the values and principles of the ‘United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child’ (UNCRC) through assemblies, collective worship, classroom activities and any curriculum areas where links can be made.

The children take ownership of promoting the Rights by creating posters across school to promote the Rights for all. As global citizens, our children learn about the Rights of children in less economically developed countries and have the opportunity to raise the awareness of such issues through fundraising and campaigning projects throughout the year.

 

Links with the wider community

Links with the wider community are vital to Beech Hill School. Visitors are welcomed into school where possible, or virtually, for many reasons, from assemblies to excellence and enjoyment days.

Christian and Islamic focused assemblies around our school values continue to develop all aspects of SMSC, as the children are developing a sense of their own religion but also the respect of others.

The continued development of a strong home-school link is regarded as very important, enabling parents and teachers to work in an effective partnership to support the pupils of Beech Hill. Seesaw is a key element in supporting the strong links we have with parents and children. It ensures parent’s (although restricted within school now) are able to feed into and be a part of events in school, although virtually.

Projects continue to support the young people at Beech Hill to understand their role in a globally interdependent world and to explore strategies by which they can make it more just and sustainable, familiarise our young people with the concepts of interdependence, development, globalisation and sustainability, they enable teachers to move our pupils from a charity mentality to a social justice mentality, stimulate critical thinking about global issues, both at whole school and at pupil level, help us as a school promote greater awareness of poverty and sustainability and enable us to explore alternative models of development and sustainability in the classroom. Assemblies throughout the year further support this awareness and the family challenge includes a local charitable element (e.g. giving to a food bank).

Links with the wider community

Links with the wider community are vital to Beech Hill School. Visitors are welcomed into school where possible, or virtually, for many reasons, from assemblies to excellence and enjoyment days.

Christian and Islamic focused assemblies around our school values continue to develop all aspects of SMSC, as the children are developing a sense of their own religion but also the respect of others.

The continued development of a strong home-school link is regarded as very important, enabling parents and teachers to work in an effective partnership to support the pupils of Beech Hill. Seesaw is a key element in supporting the strong links we have with parents and children. It ensures parent’s (although restricted within school now) are able to feed into and be a part of events in school, although virtually.

Projects continue to support the young people at Beech Hill to understand their role in a globally interdependent world and to explore strategies by which they can make it more just and sustainable, familiarise our young people with the concepts of interdependence, development, globalisation and sustainability, they enable teachers to move our pupils from a charity mentality to a social justice mentality, stimulate critical thinking about global issues, both at whole school and at pupil level, help us as a school promote greater awareness of poverty and sustainability and enable us to explore alternative models of development and sustainability in the classroom. Assemblies throughout the year further support this awareness and the family challenge includes a local charitable element (e.g. giving to a food bank).

 

SMSC Policy

British Values Policy