Promoting SMSC and British Values

At Coberley the teaching of SMSC and 'British values' is embedded in our curriculum (e.g. PSHE and Citizenship, English, Science, History, etc.) as well as our school ethos.


What is SMSC

SMSC stands for social, moral, spiritual and cultural development


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

Moral development: children learn to recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.

Social development: children investigate moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance

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

Promoting British Values

From November 2014, all schools have responsibility a to promote the 'fundamental British values' of democracy, the rule of lawindividual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. As per the advice from the DfE, at Coberley we aim promote these values through SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural development) and is embedded throughout our curriculm and school ethos.