All schools have an obligation under section 78 of the Education Act (2002) which requires all schools, as part of a broad and balanced curriculum, to promote the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of children at the school.

In June 2014, the Secretary of State for Education announced that schools would be required to actively promote British values from September 2014.

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

The government originally set out its definition of British values in their 2011 Prevent Strategy.

British Values are defined as:

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

At Shelf Junior and Infant School, we are committed to actively promoting British values and this forms part of our wider work in school with children in relation to their Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education (SMSC). At the heart of these values, lie good relationships in which staff and pupils work together towards common goals. It is our aim to support, teach and embed these values and to ensure we effectively share this with pupils, staff, governors and the wider community. These values are integral to our school vision and ethos and are reinforced regularly in a variety of ways.