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SMSC and Fundamental British Values

At Lydiard Park Academy we recognise and firmly believe that the development of pupils spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant part not only in their ability to learn and achieve but in their ability to relate fully to and have the ability to access the world we live in.  Our aim is to provide an education that provides pupils with opportunities to explore and develop their own values, whilst recognising that those of others may differ. Beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour including a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures are all critical skills and dispositions that we nurture, encourage and develop through our subject and wider curriculum.

Lydiard Park Academy aims to:

  • Ensure that Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural issues are embedded throughout the school curriculum.
  • Give every pupil an opportunity to reflect on their own beliefs, feelings and experiences.
  • Enable pupils to develop a greater understanding of their cultural identity.
  • Give pupils an opportunity to explore and to appreciate cultures which might be different to their own
  • Provide an opportunity for pupils to explore social and moral issues, and to develop a sense of social and moral responsibility.
  • Promote fundamental British Values.

SMSC opportunities are given to pupils through:

  • The Academy ethos of respect and ‘Thinking of the other person’
  • The PSHE, RSE, Careers and Citizenship curriculum
  • Assemblies
  • Weekly ‘Thought for the week’ and discussion
  • The Religious Studies curriculum
  • Department SOW and lessons
  • Session 6 activities
  • Character themes for each term
  • A focus on Character, Culture and Currency
  • Learning enrichment activities
  • Visitors to the school
  • School productions
  • School trips
  • Community projects
  • The House system
  • The School council
  • Peer Mentoring of Year 6/7 students
  • Annual Sporting events
  • Annual cultural events e.g. the dance show, carol concert, music events
  • Charity events.

Fundamental British Values

All have a duty to ‘actively 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. These values were first set out by the government in the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2011.  DfE guidance 2014


  • Encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.
  • Develop an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process.

At Lydiard Park Academy we actively teach Citizenship and provide democratic processes through school council.

The Rule of Law

  • Distinguishing right from wrong.
  • Respecting the civil and criminal law in England.
  • Enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England.
  • An understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence.
  • an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety.

At Lydiard Park Academy we have a moral code and behaviour policy which prepares pupils for the wider world.

Individual Liberty

  • Enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • An appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety.
  • An understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law.

At Lydiard Park Academy we aim to turn ‘potential into performance’ by building self-esteem, self-confidence and self-worth.

Mutual Respect

  • Enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Encourage respect for other people.

At Lydiard Park Academy we ‘Think of the other person’

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

  • Further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures.
  • An acceptance that other people have different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
  • An understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination.

At Lydiard Park Academy we celebrate differences.