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SMSC and British Values

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. At Ravenswood, the teaching of SMSC is part of our school ethos and is taught across the curriculum and throughout the school day.

Spiritual development: children explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy developing their understanding of themselves, 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.


British Values

According to Ofsted, the fundamental British values are:
  • democracy.
  • the rule of law.
  • individual liberty.
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.
At Ravenswood, we teach these values across the whole curriculum, during assemblies and throughout the school day.  We believe that modelling these values is key - tolerance and respect permeate our school culture.  Pupils elect their own school councillors and develop school and class rules.  We also plan a wide variety of extra-curricular trips to teach children about democracy in action and build respect for different faiths.