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SMSC and British Values at Hillcroft Primary School

The SMSC curriculum at Hillcroft Primary School is underpinned by our whole school vision, Curriculum principles, our Thrive curriculum, British Values and the school's STRONG values.   Our clear vision, values and principles support all children, staff, governors and community to develop effective relationships throughout the school, and provide the basis for our behaviour policy and Lifeskills curriculum.

Indeed, our STRONG behaviour and learning values – Self Control and Self Motivates, Tolerance and Takes Risks, Respect and Reflects on Learning, Others (Awareness of others) and Owns their Learning, Noone Left Out and Never Gives Up and Growing Friendships and Gains in Confidence – are embedded in school practice supports all learners to achieve their potential not only academically, but socially and emotionally too.

SMSC at Hillcroft Primary School:

Below are some of the ways in which we promote SMSC throughout the school, alongside our Curriculum Principles as well as specific curriculums such as Lifeskills:

• The STRONG values are embedded in every classroom.

• Twice - weekly assemblies reflect the STRONG values and promote British Values.

• Using real life contexts for learning

• Themes such as road-safety, anti-bullying, racism, kindness, relationships addressed throughout the year through planned opportunities and are incidental when the need arises.

• Learning about the differences between us, our families, abilities, beliefs and celebrations.

 • Valuing everybody equally, celebrating events from a range of different cultures.

• Celebrating multi-faith festivals and special days through music, art, visits from parents.

• Talking and learning about the people who are special to children at home and outside their home.

• Classroom environments allowing for children to use their imagination and creativity through outdoor/indoor provision.

• Specially dedicated Thrive rooms and sessions, as well as whole School Thrive lessons, allowing children to use their imagination and express their emotions in a supportive way.

• Hillcroft’s expectations, rewards and consequences – in line with our Behaviour Policy - embedded in each classroom.

 • Children having a Worry Monster in every classroom where they are encouraged to put their worries inside to which the teacher responds to

• Residential trips that encourages taking risks, encouraging motivation and being independent.

• Links with the local community, rotary ambassadors and also linking with local charities and events.

British Values at Hillcroft Primary School:

The DfE have 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.”

Below are some additional ways in which we embed and reinforce these values across the school:


Democracy can be seen in action at our school in many ways. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Pupil Parliament and Pupil Voice. Members of the Parliament are voted on by their classes and meet regularly throughout the year.  For more information please see: /170/pupil-parliament

The Rule of Law

The importance of rules and laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Our children are taught the value and reasons behind rules, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when rules are broken. 

Individual Liberty

Within school, our children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school, we educate and provide boundaries for our children so that they can make choices safety, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education: for example through our E-Safety and Lifeskills lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, selection of lunches, or participation in our extra-curricular clubs - pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual Respect

Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. This is re-iteracted through our Behaviour Policy and STRONG learning and behaviour values.  Please follow this link for more information: /159/strong-values

Tolerance of those of Different Cultures, Faiths and Beliefs

This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying are followed and supported by learning in RE and Lifeskills.

At Hillcroft Primary School, we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.


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