In its press release on 27 November 2014, the Department for Education told all schools to promote 'British values' and produced advice for doing so through SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education).
Ofsted wants to see a school ethos and climate that promotes 'British values' at every level. Inspectors will assess 'British values' through PSHE / SMSC and the wider curriculum.
At Lee Chapel we promote British Values throughout the school; in our school ethos, working environments and lessons. As a school, we feel it is imperative for children to understand what it means to have ‘values’ and by promoting British Values, this enables children to understand the world around them on a local, national and global level.
According to Ofsted, 'fundamental British values' are:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.
As a school, we will continue to promote these values and will ensure children understand what they entail. We aim to prepare children for their future and teaching the British Values is integral to our school ethos. All children, regardless of their ability, are encouraged and empowered to 'Aspire, Believe and Achieve' both academically and as a person.
We are always looking to establish links with local services, faith groups and organisations, so if you would be interested in sharing / presenting to our children linked to the above British Values, please contact our SMSC lead, Mr Toomer.