British Values/ SMSC

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development, together with active promotion of British Values, are fundamental to everyday life at Southall School.

In recognition of the value SMSC holds at Southall School, in June 2023, we were recognised by The National SMSC Quality Mark by being Awarded ‘Gold’ status for our SMSC provision.  We are extremely proud of the impact our SMSC offer is having on our pupils, and the following were recognised as key strengths at Southall:

  • ‘Student voice – using a variety of formal and informal methods, you show a real commitment to engaging with your students in meaningful ways across all aspects of school life.
  • Staff wellbeing – your holistic, proactive, and creative commitment to supporting the wellbeing of your staff is a great indicator of your inclusive approach to wellbeing across school.
  • School Parliament – this is a novel approach to a student council structure and gives students a strong representative voice and understanding of their rights and responsibilities as citizens.

Southall School also has British Values at the heart of its ethos and curriculum. We actively promote them and challenge those who contradict them in word or actions. SMSC stands for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education which is a real strength of our school. SMSC is taught throughout our curriculum and permeates school life. We value SMSC as a way to enrich our pupil’s experiences and their outcomes.

Our long-standing School Values were created by students and encapsulate those of Britain. They are clear, unequivocal, and phrased so that all our students can understand them. These are:

Include everyone in learning and have fun together.

Be kind to everyone and everything.

Listen to each other.

Work hard in every lesson and let everyone else work hard too.

Help each other.

These values are displayed in all classes and also are at the heart of our Behaviour Way – so that students can be shown which value they are breaking if needed. Symbols are used to enhance meaning.

Our School Aims also reflect British Values:

  • To help each student develop their academic, social, and practical abilities to their highest level.
  • To help each student achieve self-confidence, initiative, and independence.
  • To create a caring, sharing and learning school community with relationships based on mutual trust and respect.

In addition:

To promote Democracy:

The school has an active Southall School Parliament and Safeguarding Panel, made up of democratically elected students, who hold Parliament every two weeks and inform decision making around the school.  A whole school vote for Prime Minister is held annually.

Surveys of students, parents and staff are carried out at least annually to gather opinions about all aspects of the school and results influence the school improvement plan.

In PSHE & Citizenship lessons, students are given age and stage appropriate knowledge of public institutions and services and how these are held to account, a grasp of the political, legal, and economic functions of adult society, and with the social and moral awareness to thrive in it.

In all lessons, students are encouraged to express and communicate their points of view in an atmosphere of respect.

‘My ideas are listened to’ – Student Survey

To promote the Rule of Law:

Students are actively taught to distinguish between right and wrong, and to make reparation as needed.

Students are taught that there are positive and negative consequences to their actions, and that breaking school rules has clear and predictable outcomes, as with British law.

When school rules are discussed, students can see how they are designed to protect everyone in the school community.

We work in partnership with the police to give advice on personal safety but also to reinforce messages that some activities are illegal and what the consequences might be.

An emphasis on sports, and the rules of team games in particular, promote awareness of the necessity of laws.

‘We learn to work as a team and to follow rules’ – Student Survey

Individual Liberty:

Our school aims to help each student achieve self-confidence, initiative, and independence.

We actively teach students to take responsibility for their behaviour as well as knowing their rights.

We challenge stereotypes in all areas of the curriculum.

We are truly inclusive, so that all students can participate fully in all areas of the curriculum.

Bullying, though rare, is taken seriously and addressed swiftly.

Freedom of speech, and the responsibilities that come with that, are modelled through student participation that ensures protection of vulnerable individuals.

Use of the Student Survey and School Parliament ensures that all views are taken equally into account.

‘I can make choices at school’ – Student Survey

Respect and Tolerance:

The curriculum and ethos promote respect for individual difference.

Respect and Tolerance is taught through the PSHE and Citizenship curriculum and may be enhanced through assemblies, themed days, and is also embedded discreetly in other curriculum areas including Art, Music, PE, and English.  The aim is to help students acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life.

Visits to different places of worship, celebration of festivals such as Diwali and Eid and the thematic Key Stage 3 curriculum help students understand a range of faiths.

Prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour is challenged and recorded, with students made aware of the seriousness of such incidents.

‘In our school it’s ok to be different’ – Student Survey

Social Development

Social interactions are supported through the PSHE curriculum and care is taken to link this where appropriate to pupils’ EHCP targets.  Where pupils find appropriate social communication a barrier, this is supported through a pupil ‘buddy’ system where peers support each other to develop friendships and socialise successfully.

Cultural Development

At Southall we encourage our pupils appreciate cultural influences, participate in cultural opportunities, understand, accept, respect, and celebrate diversity. We help our pupils achieve this by developing their appreciation of theatre, taking part in cultural opportunities, taking part in assemblies, inviting visitors to work with our pupils on differing cultural aspects and ensuring it is promoted through the curriculum when appropriate.