SCMC – British Values

British values

The Academy is committed to embedding and promoting British Values through its broad, balanced, inclusive and unprejudiced curriculum. Lessons delivered to our pupils are inclusive of, and sensitive to the British Values as set out in the Prevent Strategy. The five key British Values are:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Our pupils on a daily basis are expected to treat each other with respect, in line with the Academy’s vision, ethos and Behaviour policy.

Haughton Academy uses strategies within its curriculum and beyond to secure these outcomes. Some of the ways that we seek to instil these values are given below:

Democracy: In Haughton Academy, pupils have numerous opportunities to have their voices heard. The school has an effective school council whose members are nominated by their peers. Year 11 pupils apply for the positions of Head Boy/Girl as well as prefect positions and have formal interviews before their appointment. The PSHE/Citizenship programme teaches pupils about Democracy.

The Rule of Law: Throughout the school day the importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, the local community or the country, are consistently reinforced through the school’s Assembly programme as well as when dealing with

issues of behaviour and conduct when pupils are expected to accept responsibility for their actions.

Through the PSHE/Citizenship programmes pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws and the consequences if these are broken.

Individual Liberty: At Haughton Academy we value and strive to consistently create a safe, supportive and positive culture where pupils are actively encouraged to make choices based on their interests and aspirations. In lessons children are encouraged to opt for the challenging tasks and develop a positive Growth Mindset (Can Do) to become resilient, determined and persistent learners. The school offers a range of extra-curricular opportunities together with year and tutor group competitions for pupils to opt into. Within the PSHE/Citizenship, RE and E-safety programme pupils learn about their rights and personal freedoms and are encouraged and advised on how to exercise these freedoms safely.

Mutual Respect: Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. All members of our school community treat each other with respect. This can be seen in the professional relationships formed between our pupils, our staff, parents, carers, local businesses and other education and training providers. Throughout the year pupils support local charities with fundraising and each year group has a nominated charity which it supports throughout the year.

Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs: The curriculum in Haughton Academy is culturally diverse. Our RE, PSHE, SMSC and Assembly programme strive to demonstrate tolerance and respect of others. Our curriculum and school daily routines develop our pupil’s knowledge and understanding of cultural diversity and embed it into the work of the school.


SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) development is the over-arching umbrella that encompasses personal development across the whole curriculum. SMSC facilitates growth of the human spirit (spiritual), consideration of what is right and wrong (moral), confidence of how to get along with others (social) and an understanding of heritage, tradition and identity (cultural).

Spiritual development

Through the curriculum, pupils develop:

  1. An ability to be reflective about their own beliefs (religious or otherwise) and perspective on life
  2. Knowledge of, and respect for, different people’s faiths, feelings and values
  3. A sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
  4. Use of imagination and creativity in their learning
  5. Willingness to reflect on their experiences

Moral development

Through the curriculum, pupils develop:

  1. An ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to readily apply this understanding in their own lives, and to recognise legal boundaries and, in doing so, respect the civil and criminal law of England
  2. An understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions
  3. An interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues

Social development

Through the curriculum, pupils develop:

  1. A use of a range of social skills in different contexts, for example working and socialising with other pupils, including those from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
  2. A willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, co-operating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
  3. An acceptance of and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. They will develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain

Cultural development

Through the curriculum, pupils develop:

  1. An understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others
  2. An understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures in the school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
  3. An ability to recognise, and value, the things we share in common across cultural, religious, ethnic and socio-economic communities
  4. A knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain
  5. A willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities
  6. An interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity
  7. An ability to understand, accept and respect diversity (as shown by their respect and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities)
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