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Our Curriculum

British Values

The Key Values are:

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


British Values are not taught as a separate subject, but are interwoven into our values and our curriculum.  We ensure our children embody British Values and realise that these are an essential quality to have. We want them to understand how precious British Values are, and that different countries may have different values.


These values are reinforced constantly at SMAS in the following ways:

  • Democracy

Pupil voice is of upmost importance at SMAS.  Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through decisions made by the School Council who are democratically voted for by their classes.  Regular pupil conferencing in all subjects by subject leaders helps us to know how the school and learning is viewed by our children.  Democracy starts right from the early years with children able to vote for peers to represent them on the School Council.

  • The rule of law

The importance of rules and laws are comprehensive throughout the curriculum.  These laws and rules that support class, school or country are reinforced through learning in PHSE (Jigsaw), through regular assemblies and whole school themes.  Our children understand that actions have consequences and it is their responsibility to behave in the right way and to make the right choices. Our Phase leaders, ELSA and SENCO support this work further by providing opportunities to discuss choosing the right path.  Visits from the police or other services help reinforce these messages.

  • Individual Liberty

Pupils at SMAS learn in a safe, secure and nurturing environment.  They know their boundaries and are encouraged to make choices safely.  They are not afraid to answer questions and will stand up for what they believe in.  Lessons encourage children to work in a group and have their say.  They are happy to agree and disagree with their peers and give reasons why.  Our pupils have the freedom to choose from a number of extra-curricular activities.  Our E-safety and PSHE curriculum allow the children to express themselves and make choices safely. 

  • Mutual Respect

Our behaviour policy encourages children to respect themselves and others and to work as a team.  Indeed, “we always respect and care for each other’, is one of our school’s golden rules. The concept is discussed in Jigsaw and RE lessons.

  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

This is promoted through every aspect of school life.  PSHE (Jigsaw) and RE lessons equip children with an understanding of different faiths and beliefs and the values which different religions hold.  Children are taught to respect each other and welcome differences and learn from them.

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