British Values

All maintained schools must meet the requirements set out in section 78 of the Education Act 2002 and promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of their students.

Through ensuring students’ SMSC development, schools can also demonstrate they are actively promoting fundamental British values.  The government defines British values as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Actively promoting the values also means challenging opinions or behaviours in school that are contrary to fundamental British values.

Through their provision of SMSC, schools are expected to:

  • enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely
  • enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
  • encourage further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures
  • encourage respect for other people, and
  • encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.

At Swanwick Hall, we actively promote and support students’ SMSC development to ensure they can contribute fully and positively to British society.

The examples below demonstrate some of the many ways we seek to embed British values.

  • All students have access to a well-planned and balanced curriculum which promotes tolerance and respect for others.
  • Students are provided with ample opportunity to learn how to express and defend their viewpoint in a respectful manner.
  • Students are offered a rounded assembly programme which promotes all aspects of SMSC development.
  • Students’ understanding of the democratic process and an appreciation of the rule of law is developed explicitly through specific units of work in PSHE and through regular opportunities to engage in voting and elections.
  • There is a strong pastoral system which promotes well-being and safety and ensures that all students within the school have a voice that is listened to.
  • Our clear behavioural systems allow students to take responsibility for, and consider the consequences of, their actions.
  • We have developed an innovative enrichment programme which offers students new experiences, the opportunity to contribute to the school and wider community and to develop their leadership skills and mutual respect.
  • We uphold the Investors in Pupils programme to ensure that students can work cohesively, respectfully and positively together and make decisions in a democratic manner.
  • All staff model the core British values and, as a result, the school has a strong respect ethos.
  • We have developed links with the community and the world of work to ensure students understand the many positive contributions they can, and do, make to the wider community.

A detailed audit of how SMSC and Fundamental British Values are taught and promoted within our curriculum is available on the school website. This audit is updated annually.

Please also refer to the school’s Safeguarding Policy for further details of how the school addresses the issue of tackling extremism.