British Values, SMSC and Prevent strategy at Carcroft Primary

The DFE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”.  

The Government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated this in 2014. At Carcroft Primary School these values are reinforced regularly in the following ways directly and through daily experiences and interactions with staff, parents and pupils and through as many aspects of the curriculum as possible.

Schools are required to provide for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of their pupils. As part of this requirement, we are expected to actively promoting fundamental British Values.

What does this mean for my child?

At Carcroft our efforts to promote fundamental British values are designed to prepare children for life in modern Britain.

Ultimately, we aim to help pupils understand:

  • The importance of combatting discrimination
  • How we can influence decision making by taking part in a democratic processes
  • Our freedom under British law to choose different faiths and beliefs
  • That the law is there to keep us safe

SMSC in school aims to promote these through:

  • Learning to apply these values in life
  • Understanding the difference between right and wrong
  • Becoming lawful citizens
  • Developing skills so that pupils can contribute fully to the British way of life
  • Understanding and respecting the range of different cultures in / beyond school

The Prevent Strategy

What is the Prevent Strategy?

Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming or supporting terrorists or extremist causes. The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including extreme right wing, violent Islamist groups and other causes.

From July 2015 all schools have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from drugs and gang violence.

Importantly, we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so they better understand how to protect themselves.

What does this mean in practice?

At Carcroft Primary School many of the things we already do help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy. These include:

  • Exploring other religions and cultures – promoting diversity
  • Challenging prejudices and racist comments
  • Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity
  • Promoting the SMSC of pupils as well as British Values such as democracy

The Prevent strategy is not just about discussing extremism itself, which may not be appropriate for younger children. It is also about teaching children values such as tolerance and mutual respect. We always ensure any discussions are age appropriate for the age and maturity of the pupils involved.

Extremism can take many forms, including political and religious extremism. We will give our pupils the skills to protect them from any extremist views they may encounter, now or later in their lives.

Please follow the link below to access how we promote these aspects throughout our curriculum.

SMSC and British Values at Carcroft Primary School