British Values & SMSC

At The Kingston Academy we uphold and teach pupils about British Values. We recognise that our community is increasingly a cultural melting pot, an invigorated blend of people from diverse cultures, communities and countries.  The success of this community is underpinned by enduring British values including:

  • freedom
  • tolerance
  • respect for the rule of law
  • belief in personal and social responsibility
  • respect for British institutions.

Our goal is to instill a sense of belonging to the wider community and the country where we live.  Our approach to upholding British Values is in accordance with the new OfSTED guidance, September 2014, which states that:

‘ the school should ensure that it promotes tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles; and supports and helps, through their words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain’

In September 2017 we undertook a cross-curricular audit on the promotion of SMSC and Fundamental British Values in order to understand how we are promoting pupils spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development and how also we are reinforcing the fundamental British values (FBV) of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance.

Staff were asked to be as accurate in their assessment and feedback as possible to enable us to develop a clear picture of who is doing what and identify those areas we potentially need to prioritise going forward.

The survey showed that we have a thoughtful and wide-ranging programme of activities for the promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.  This is strongly bought into by all staff, who overwhelmingly share the view that the school is effectively promoting SMSC throughout the curriculum.

You can access the summary report of this findings from this survey here:

SMSC Summary May 2018.