SMSC and British Values


What is SMSC?

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. 


Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

Some examples of spiritual learning at J.H Godwin:

Reflective time during the school day

Harvest festival


Christmas Carol Concert

and Easter service

at Holy Trinity church

Global learning (collective worship)

Visits to places of worship
Visitors from faith backgrounds



Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.

Some examples of moral learning at J.H Godwin:

Rewards for good manners and politeness
Encouraging pupils to express their views considerately and politely (P4C)
Promoting all forms of equality in collective worship and in classrooms

Encouraging care for property and environment
Looking after the school's garden beds
Charity collections


Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.

Some examples of social learning at J.H Godwin:

Using our

learning power

of collaboration

Play leaders
Remembrance week

After school clubs
Sports day
Residential holidays

Leadership roles:

Head boy and Head girl


Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

Some examples of cultural learning at J.H Godwin:

Learning about foreign

languages and customs


Learning about 

traditional British and



Learning about 

life and cultures in 

othr countries

Visits to cultural sites

Studying art 

from different cultures

and traditions

Opportunities to

play musical 

instruments and to compose

Opportunities to 

perform for 


British Values

The values of our school are shared through our core principles (Honesty, Commitment, Respect, Care)  which permeate every aspect of life in our school. Our school rules of READY RESPECTFUL and SAFE also dovetail into British Values

At JH Godwin we value and celebrate the unique contribution which every member our school community brings.


British Values at JH Godwin Primary School

We uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as:

  • democracy
  • rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.


These values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE), and Religious Education (RE). We also teach British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum.

The school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through collective worship and whole school systems and structures such as electing and running the Pupil Voice and Head Boy and Girl.  Children are all given a designated role in their classroom to develop their sense of belonging and being a necessary part of our school community.  Leadership Roles are also distributed throughout the whole school and these include: Class Leads, Science Ambassadors, Writing Champions and Peer Tutors.

We also actively promote British values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values.

At JH Godwin these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:


Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through the student council. They also vote informally throughout the school year on a range of matters.  We have also spearheaded the Cheshire Democracy Project for the past few years.


P4C also promotes respectdul debate and democratic systems.

The Rule of Law:

The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day.

Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from outside authorities such as the police and the fire service are regular parts of our school calendar and help reinforce this message.

Our approach to behaviour management is designed to offer a structure within which children can develop effective skills of self-regulation, reflection and restoration. 

Our school rules of READY, RESPECTFUL and SAFE encourage meaningful conversations that enable the children to be taught strategies that enable them to make the right choices in life. 

Individual Liberty:

Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school, we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example, through our e-Safety teaching. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs.

Mutual Respect:

Part of our school ethos and school rules is based on RESPECT. We encourage respectful interactions between all people throughout the school and respect is explored in numerous ways through assemblies, workshops and in the curriculum. 

Tolerance of Those of Different 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 in our local community. Collective Worship and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. We work with the Cheshire Inter-Faith community and participate in workshps to learn about many different belief and non-belief systems. We echo the Inter-Faith ethos of Equality, Acceptance and Respect. 




Contact the School

J H Godwin Primary School

Melbourne Road
Headteacher: Mrs L Cartledge

Main Contact: If you would like to contact someone at school for help with anything please ring and speak to Mrs S Jefferson or Mrs K Bickerton in the office

Tel: 01244 259 666

SEN Contact: Mrs E Cornish SENDCO - via

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