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Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education and British Values


At St Michael's we are very proud of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our children.  Furthermore, we also recognise that spiritual, moral, social and cultural education includes a duty to champion the principles of democracy and challenge prejudice and intolerance.  These values are enshrined in five key principles:

  • Democracy

  • The rule of law

  • Individual liberty

  • Mutual respect

  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

These values flow through St Michael's, from our ethos and vision, to our policy and practice in the classroom.

In the first instance, these values figure prominently in our school vision and our school’s Golden Rules

  • Do be gentle – Don’t hurt anybody

  • Do be kind and helpful – Don’t hurt people’s feelings

  • Do listen – Don’t interrupt

  • Do work hard – Don’t waste your own or other people’s time

  • Do look after property – Don’t waste or damage it

  • Do be honest – Don’t cover up the truth

  • Do treat others with respect – Don’t treat others in a way you wouldn’t like to be treated yourself

Finally, in the classroom, during daily school assemblies and in pre and after school provision, we deliver a broad and balanced curriculum, in accordance with National Curriculum requirements, prompting the spiritual, moral and cultural development of pupils at every opportunity; preparing our pupils for challenges, responsibilities and experiences that life may offer.  Delivered through a broad range of learning opportunities, lessons at St Michael's give children an understanding and appreciation of how different cultures have shaped our school, local community and country; the willingness to share and reflect on their own and others’ faith, beliefs and values; opportunities to investigate moral and ethical issues without conflict, prejudice and bias; a context to use their developing social skills to work with others, regardless of gender, race or sexuality; the belief that they can make a positive contribution to the society in which they live.

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