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Promoting British Values

Promoting British Values & Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development

Please click the following link to read our Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural (SMSC) Policy:

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At Downsview Community Primary School we promote the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development in many different ways. Some of these include: assemblies, PSHE lessons, RE Days and through the teaching and promotion of our Downsview Values (happiness, responsibility, peace, excellence, tolerance, co-operation, perseverance, respect, honesty, and caring).

However, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is not limited to learning time. It plays an integral part in daily school life. Staff regularly use opportunities within the school day to talk to children and discuss issues enabling them to show respect and understanding so the choices that they make are positive and safe.

In addition to this, we also actively promote fundamental British values.

The DfE recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values.”

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014.  These values are reinforced regularly at Downsview Primary School.

What are the fundamental British values that we have a duty to promote?

British values include:


  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

These values underpin the school’s own values and help all children act in a manner that creates a safe, happy school where good learning happens. These values also help us to promote citizenship outside of the school and in to the wider community.

At Downsview Community Primary School we teach British values by encouraging and enabling pupils to:

  • Develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Distinguish between right and wrong
  • Understand and show respect for the laws of the country
  • Develop an understanding of the democratic process
  • Develop an acceptance of others who may have different beliefs, views or lifestyles
  • Develop a tolerance of others who may have different beliefs, views or opinions
  • Develop an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination
  • Accept responsibility for their behaviour
  • Show initiative and understand how they can positively contribute to school and to society more widely

It is not just assembly time where important messages about spiritual, moral, social and cultural development or British values take place. However, here are just a few examples of some of the themes covered:




24th September 2018 - Harvest Assembly


Spiritual & Moral 

  •    To understand the importance of the harvest.
  •    To understand how we can support those who are in need.
  •    To promote collaboration and citizenship within the community.


11th November 2018: Armistice Day

Last week, we were visited by a soldier travelling in time. He taught us all about World War 1. It was extremely informative and helped us to really understand and respect those who served the community.

On Friday 9th November 2018, Miss Selmi led an assembly to mark 100 years since the end of WW1. During the assembly, children learnt about the meaning behind poppies, and they were also given the time to reflect on men/ women who have served and currently serve their country.


Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural

  • To help children understand the importance of ‘remembrance’
  • To respect all those who have served or currently serve their country



 16th – 20th November 2018: National Anti-Bullying Week

This year's theme will be 'choose respect.' As respect is one of our core values, it will be invaluable to learn about how to respect ourselves and others.

We will ensure to upload photographs throughout the week.

Social & Moral

  • To reinforce the school’s zero tolerance ethos towards bullying
  • To ensure that all children are equipped to recognise and challenge bullying
  • To give children confidence and knowledge to act appropriately if they think someone is being bullied
  • To make a positive contribution to the school and wider community

Learning about how to be safe on the internet

Social & Moral

  • To reinforce key messages about being safe online
  • To help children make safe, good choices when online
  • To develop self-confidence to resilience so that children act appropriately if faced with an internet problem


Children regularly visit e-safety/online safety in termly assemblies where there are opportunities to discuss key messages about how to be safe on the internet. Children are often involved in the themes and messages we discuss as we use their ideas and issues heard through ‘pupil voice’.

Throughout the year, we also spend time focusing upon the six main world faiths: Christianity, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism. By teaching and discussing the beliefs of others, we help the children to understand and accept difference. Whilst we are all unique and special and have different views and beliefs, we must develop acceptance and tolerance to help our children succeed in a multi-cultural and multi-faith society.