As part of the inspection framework, all schools in England that are
subject to the regulations of the National Curriculum, are expected to
have active policies in place for the following:
* Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) education
It is not easy for a school to design a ‘whole school approach’ and plan to implement a practical syllabus that meets the National Curriculum while also taking into account the school’s culture and ethos and living up to expectations for other parts of a broad and balanced curriculum that are a school’s responsibility.
The Department for Education has published SMSC guidance and set out what is expected of schools in England in promoting fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and those without faith.
When Ofsted inspectors form a judgement of a school, they must consider the provision being made for the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and, with the additional duty to actively promote fundamental British values, schools must:
The Human Values Foundation’s programmes called:
The materials were written by teachers for teachers and are universal resources. Their teaching techniques are easy to apply and can be adapted to harness the learning opportunities provided by modern technologies. The lesson plans are detailed and supported with music on CDs, song sheets, stories, ideas for group activities and themes for school assemblies. Each lesson illustrates a value and, in an organised and coherent way, leads into a series of related values, which make delivery of objectives easy to implement. As the teaching techniques are all largely familiar to teachers, there is nothing new to learn and the time-saving modules can therefore be exploited immediately.
VALUES-BASED EDUCATION OUTCOMES:
To assist with the practical promotion and evidencing of the work associated with the fundamental British values, a supplementary booklet is supplied free of charge when a copy of EDUCATION IN HUMAN VALUES is purchased.