British Values

At Highcliffe Primary, the values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, respect for, and tolerance of, the views and beliefs of others, are interwoven into the ethos of the school. They underpin the curriculum entitlement our children receive and are reflected in the positive relationships that we promote within, and beyond, our school community.


Pupils are listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully, and with empathy, to each other, respecting the right of individuals to hold opinions and beliefs.  Pupils have the opportunity to give opinions and to offer ideas in class discussions, and through our School Council and pupil questionnaires.  The elections of the School Council and House Captains are based upon applications and pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action.

Rule of Law

The importance of laws that govern the class, the school, the local community or the country, are consistently reinforced.  Our school has non-negotiable rules, based upon a set of rights and responsibilities, reflected in our Positive Behaviour Policy.  Each class also discusses and sets its own rules that children “sign up to” at the start of the year.  This supports children in understanding the value of, and reasons behind laws: that they govern and protect our rights; the responsibilities that this involves; and the consequences when laws are broken.

Individual Liberty

Pupils are actively encouraged to make positive choices, within a safe and supportive environment.  Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms, whilst understanding their responsibility to each other. They are advised how to exercise these safely: for example in e-safety and P.S.H.E. lessons; through participation in extra-curricular activities; in homework menus.

Mutual Respect

Respect is one of the core values of our school. It is embedded in our mission statement, and all that we do. We expect children and adults to know and understand the great importance of respect being shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have, and to everything, however big or small. 

Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Our core value of respect encompasses tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs. Beliefs, traditions and customs from other faiths and countries are celebrated in many curriculum areas: for example, RE, PSHE, History, Geography, English. Through this our pupils gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society.  


SMSC stands for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development.

At Highcliffe Primary, we recognise that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We, therefore, aim to provide an education that provides children with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of  social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures.  

Spiritual Development

As a school community we aim to provide opportunities for pupils to:

·         Build self-esteem and non-material well-being;

·         Develop the capacity for critical and independent thought;

·         Express and discuss feelings,  beliefs, values and response to personal experiences;

·         Experience moments of stillness and reflection;

·         Form and maintain positive and satisfying relationships;

·         Reflect on, consider and celebrate the wonders and mysteries of life.

Moral Development

As a school community we aim to provide opportunities for pupils to:

·         Distinguish between right and wrong;

·         Take initiative and act responsibly, with consideration for others;

·         Listen and respond appropriately to the views of others;

·         Gain the confidence to cope with setbacks and to learn from mistakes;

·         Reflect on the consequences of their actions;

·         Apologise and to forgive - themselves and others;

·         Show respect for the environment.

Social Development

As a school community we aim to provide opportunities for pupils to:

·         Display a sense of belonging and an increasing willingness to participate;

·         Make an active contribution to democratic processes;

·         Develop an understanding of individual and group identity;

·         Begin to understand the place they have within society and the role they need to play;

·         Develop their compassion for others in society;

·         Take initiative on wider social issues and establish ways they can help on an individual, local, national and global scale.

Cultural Development

As a school community we aim to provide opportunities for pupils to:

·         Recognise the values and richness of cultural diversity in Britain and how this influences individuals and society;

·         Recognise and respect world faiths and beliefs, and understand the impact they have upon culture;

·         Develop an understanding of Britain’s local, national, European and global dimensions.





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