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Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Devt, incl British Values

Please see the RE curriculum page and the EYFS page for more information on how SMSC is taught at Northfield.

Preparing children for life in ‘Modern Britain’.


At Northfield Primary School we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in ‘Modern Britain’. We ensure the fundamental British values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school.


All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and in particular, our RE and PSHCE lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. Children are enthusiastic to demonstrate a good understanding of how these values apply to their own lives. Northfield Primary School is committed to serving its community. We recognise the multicultural, multi faith and ever changing nature of the United Kingdom. We also understand the vital role the school has for ensuing our children are not subjected to intimidating or radicalisation by others wishing to unduly or illegally influence them. Our equal opportunities guidance suggests there will be no discrimination of any individual or group regardless of their faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status or similar.


The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools.


The British Values are:

  • Democracy

  • Rule of Law

  • Individual Liberty

  • Mutual Respect

  • Tolerance of those of different faiths & beliefs


In our school we provide these values in the following ways:



Our children have the opportunity to have their voice heard through our School Council. Elections are undertaken and children vote for their peers. Playground Buddies assume responsibility for the behaviour of children at break and lunchtime. The children work together in their respective classes to provide an agreed way for their class to implement our Golden Rules.  


The Rule of Law

The importance of laws and rules whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country are consistently reinforced throughout the school day. Our Positive Behaviour Policy clearly outlines our behavioural expectations, based on our Golden Rules and children are well aware of the consequences and rewards for the choices they make. Children are taught the value and reasons for the laws, that they protect us and the responsibilities that are involved, as well as what the consequences are when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the police, fire service, church and other organisations support and reinforce these messages for our children.


Individual Liberty

Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and set boundaries for our children to make choices safely for them to know and understand their rights and personal freedoms and how these can be fulfilled safely within our school environment.

Our children are regularly allowed to make their own choices by attending clubs, selecting meals, selecting aspects of their learning and by becoming increasingly independent.  We encourage discussion of topical current issues to encourage children to develop their own thoughts and identities.


Mutual Respect

Respect is one of the core values that underpins our school. Our children know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever difference we may have. Respect is in evidence in all we do and children and adults, including visitors are treated with the utmost respect. We are polite and courteous in how we behave towards others.


Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

Our children are encouraged to understand that other people having different faiths or beliefs should be accepted and tolerated and should not be the cause of prejudice or discriminatory behaviour.  At Northfield Primary School our children learn to understand their place in a culturally diverse society. Our RE and PSHCE curriculum, assemblies, visits and visitors to the school contribute to the children’s knowledge and understanding and the right for each person to be respected and regarded equally irrespective of gender, sexuality, ability, faith, race or heritage.


Bobby Bear - the friendly face of policing

Together at Northfield

We use Picture News to promote and teach fundamental British Values.

Quotes from our Spring pupil survey about RE:

Why do you think RE is important in today's society?

So you know about the existence of different religions and follow the rules they have. All religions want people to love each other that is what they share. (Y2)

To understand all religions (Y4)

To understand other people's beliefs better (Y4)

We live in a multicultural world (Y6)

Because we can learn about different people and what they think so we can understand them (Y3)

To understand that different people have different beliefs and that we should respect them