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Spiritual, moral, social and cultural education

Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) has a vital role to play within the curriculum and effective delivery of PSHCE will equip children with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives.


The aims of personal, social and health education and citizenship are to enable the children to:

  • Know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle
  • Be aware of safety issues
  • Understand what makes for good relationships with others
  • Have respect for others
  • Be independent and responsible members of the school community
  • Be positive and active members of a democratic society
  • Develop self-confidence and self-esteem, and make informed choices regarding personal and social issues

Overview of skills

PSHCE is part of the integrated school curriculum. It is taught as a discreet subject as well as through other subjects, especially Geography, Religious Education and Science. A range of teaching strategies are used that enable pupils to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding. Circle time is used as a regular activity in Early Years and Key Stage 1. Circle time activities give pupils time to reflect, develop empathy and apply their learning to different situations. We place an emphasis on active learning by including the children in discussions and debates. In Key Stage 2, children take part in debating, circle time, role play and discussion sessions and our School Council meet regularly to discuss school issues. We offer children the opportunity to hear visiting speakers, such as health workers, police etc., whom we invite into the school to talk about their role in creating a positive and supportive local community. Whole school assemblies serve to enhance pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and our weekly celebration assembly rewards a range of achievements, both academic and social.

SMSC and British Values

Curriculum Policy 2014 - Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education & British Values

At High View Primary school we recognise that spiritual, moral, social and cultural education begins with our obligations under the 2002 Education Act; the 2011 Children’s Act and 2010 Equalities Act to promote equality and safeguard the welfare of 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 by promoting the values set out in the 2011 ‘Prevent Strategy’ and the 2014 DfE consultation. 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 High View Primary School. We are proudly a diverse community and a Rights Respecting School: from our ethos and vision, to our policy and practice in the classroom and outside of the classroom. 
In the first instance, these values figure prominently in our school vision.

You can read about promoting British values here.

As a school and staff, we believe in an ethos where children of all backgrounds and cultures are welcomed and valued; all children will make the very best progress that they can; leaving us confident to participate and take a lead role in society.
We believe our pupils should demonstrate outstanding behaviour and self-discipline, supported by parents and our partners in the wider community.

We believe our pupils should leave us confident, but not arrogant, proud of their success, able to encourage others and understand the changing world around them. They will be able to look back on a wonderfully happy primary education and be eager to start the next stage of their learning.

In addition, they are clearly articulated, as expectations to pupils, in our behaviour policy and school values:

  • Developing each child as a responsible future member of society
  • Educating our children in partnership with parents and families
  • Instilling a sense of care for our local and global environment

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, promoting the spiritual, moral and cultural development of pupils at every opportunity; preparing our pupils for the challenges, responsibilities and experiences that life may offer.

Delivered through a broad range of learning opportunities, lessons at  High View Primary School give children an understanding and appreciation of how different cultures have shaped our school, local community and country; the willingness to share and reflect upon 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; and the belief that they can make a positive contribution to the society in which they live.