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British Values and SMCS

Whole School Social, Moral, Cultural and Spiritual Map (SMCS) 2017-2019

Review of Equality objectives 2017-19  Key British Value: Tolerance


Over the course of the last two years children have been taught about world faiths through their Come and See topics. Assemblies and themed day’s linked closely to the British Value of tolerance. The children learnt about the actions and impact of Nelson Mandela, Emeline Pankhurst, Rosa Parks and Pope John Paul. All these people stood up to intolerance and demonstrated how we should be intolerant of intolerance.


We were well aware not our children come from a largely white British background. Some children may only rarely get the chance to mix with people of other faiths and other cultures. We felt it was important for our children to not only learn about other faiths in their R.E. lessons but to spend time with and mix with children from other cultures. The children from our school visited the Mosque in Chorley in September and learnt from the Imam the about key differences and many similarities in our faiths. Our children ‘celebrated’ Passover, Yom Kippur and learn about Eid.


We felt it was important to tackle head on the issue of Islamic terrorism and the dangerous divisions this can foster between communities. In our local area many children knew of children and families who were directly affected by the Manchester Arena bomb attack. We invited Refat Mahmood from ‘Building Stronger Communities’ to run ‘Tolerance Workshops’ in schools. These involved speaking to children about their perceptions of the Muslim faith; the children had the chance to learn about the traditional dress for both women and men within the Asian community and the key message of love and peace which is at the heart of Islam. The children learnt about how their perceptions of whole communities could possibly be shaped by the actions of some people who do not represent the views of the whole community.


In summer term we invited a group of children from the Valley Primary School in Bolton to perform an assembly about Ramadan. Our children had the chance mix with children from different cultures and share a meal together prepared by members of the Islamic community in Chorley. These acts of generosity were instrumental in building bridges between the two communities.


Next year we intend to build upon the success of this year and ensure that our children increase their knowledge of other faiths and cultures and importantly that they ‘experience’ other faiths and cultures. It is first hand experiences which we  believe will making a lasting impact upon our children and ensure that they grow up to be knowledge and tolerant citizens.  

Social, Moral, Cultural and Spiritual Aspects of learning


We aim to give the children a very rounded education. This will involve devoting time throughout the school year to the social, moral, cultural and spiritual aspects of learning. Every day in school, through class discussions, moments of prayer and the topics the children learn about we seek to develop the children's understanding of other cultures and complex moral issues. 


The map above therefore will not cover every aspect of SMCS that your children will experience, it does however show how we will explicitly give the children a variety of valuable experiences throughout the school year. 


Promoting Fundamental British Values.

In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is "right" and "wrong", all people living in England are subject to its law.

The Key Values are:

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


Learning about other Faiths


We fundamentally believe that a greater understanding of other faiths and religions can only serve to enhance the children's understanding of what it means to be a Catholic in our society today. We want our children to be outward looking, tolerant and knowledgable.


The children will not just learn about their own faith. Through the 'Come and See' Religious Education scheme the children will about Judaism, Islam, Sikhism and Buddhism. Their lessons will involve visits to places of worship, visits from different religious leaders. We will also ensure that the children experience and learn about key festivals in faiths other than Catholicism for example Yom Kippur and Eid.



Promoting Catholic Values


At St Joseph's your child will receive an education that is distinctly Catholic in it's nature.

We will aim to nurture in your child a 'love of God, a love of one another and a love of life itself'.


Our Gospel values should be evident not only in the words we speak but the way we treat each other. Through whole school assemblies, special celebrations, class activities and visiting speakers the children will learn about how the Gospel values can come to life.


Learning from Important people


The children will learn about key individuals whose faith and actions have shaped the world in which we live today. They will learn about the inspirational messages of love, hope and perseverance from Nelson Mandela, Emiline Pankhurst, Pope John Paul and Maximillian Kolbe. We want our children to be able to see the transformative effect faith can have when put into action.






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