SMSC & British Values

Important Information

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 other cultures.

This is a whole school issue.

All curriculum areas have a contribution to make to the child’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and opportunities for this will be planned in each area of the curriculum.

Park’s values are British values; they are values in which all of us believe

In addition to our learning in the classroom, these values are regularly discussed during our Phase Assemblies. They permeate all that we do at Park.

Democracy- we promote the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard.

Democracy forms an important part of life at Park Primary. We have an active School Council who meet weekly to discuss issues in the school. Most recently they were responsible for coordinating the collection and counting of money we raised for charity. We are in a privileged position that our school building is used as a polling station for elections, giving us the opportunity to gain some understanding of how voting works. We hold consultation meetings and have a strong Parent and Teachers Association which work with the school and wider community.

In addition, we have a weekly newsletter to communicate with parents and carers, have a prospectus containing information about the school ethos and values, and a website with access to school policies.

The rule of law – we know the value of rules and the reasons behind them. We understand that laws and rules protect us. We appreciate that rules provide us with responsibilities and they carry consequences.

As part of our teaching of the Learning Challenge Curriculum, we learn about British and international History, and how some countries are run. We learn about rules in sport/games as part of our PE lessons and have visits from the police and fire brigade to learn about rules in our community.

We have a statement of values and systems and a policy for discipline and behaviour, sanctions and rewards.

Individual liberty – we take risks and we embrace challenge in our safe and empowering environment. We make choices creatively and we confidently explain ‘why’.

Park Primary ensures every individual achieves their best through high expectations for all, which focus on aspiration, confidence, creativity and care. Through our teaching of PSHE/Citizenship and we develop an understanding human and children’s rights and responsibilities.

A special feature of Park Primary is our decision not to have a compulsory school uniform. We pride ourselves on our commitment to nurturing individuality and believe that children should have a strong sense of self which empowers them with a ‘voice’.

Our school policies incorporate individual liberty and can be found on the website, or hard copies are available on request from the school office.

Mutual respect – we respect and care for each other. We are respectful to everyone and, because we are, our school is a happy and welcoming place.

This is an integral aspect of life at Park Primary. We expect our learners to be respectful, confident and positive individuals. We encourage every child to care about, and have respect for, their learning, each other and our environment. By being socially and emotionally intelligent, understanding about themselves and each other, our children will make the right choices and experience positive relationships now and in the future.

Our phase assembly Collective Worship follows themes, which can be found in our weekly newsletter, have recently included care, citizenship, charity, pupil voice, celebration, festivals, safety (including e-safety) and personal development (PSHE Jigsaw).

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs – we are proud of our similarities and differences and we embrace them.

Not only do we demonstrate tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs, we positively embrace them. This forms a cornerstone of the Park Primary community and we are proud to demonstrate the inclusivity of Newham schools. We teach children the values of their own opinions as well as those of others and demonstrate this through weekly performance assemblies where classes present on a variety of diverse topics to their peers, school staff, parents and governors. Examples of this include taking pupils out on educational visits to different places of worship, and following the Newham Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education that educates pupils about all the main belief systems in the UK.