At Husthwaite CE Primary School we uphold and teach pupils about the British Values as directed under new Ofsted guidance, September 2014:

ensure that they and the school promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles; and support and help, through their words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain’

British Values are defined as

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

We aim to actively promote British Values through our daily assemblies and whole school systems and structures, such as electing and running a School Council. We also promote the British values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes opportunities for exploring these values.


Children, parents and staff have many opportunities for their voices to be heard at our school. Democracy is central to how we operate.

Rule of law

The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those govern the class, the school or the country are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days.

Individual Liberty

Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we provide opportunities for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe and planned curriculum.

Mutual Respect

At Husthwaite we show respect to each other regardless of any differences. Different cultural events take place throughout the school year encouraging children to learn about and show respect for different cultures.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

At Husthwaite we aim to enhance pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society through a range of experiences.

Click here to see our new merit cards which show how we are ‘Valuing Ourselves’ this year by demonstrating our School Values and British Values.



What is SMSC?

SMSC is about developing the whole person. This is reflected in our teaching to not only develop children academically but also their spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness. Children will be given opportunities to discover their own identity, developing their enquiring skills to learn about themselves, the world in which they live and to form life skills and coping strategies to face challenges that lie ahead. As a church school, we have our own Christian values which permeate school life and are reflected in the ethos of the school.

There are a variety of ways which we help our children with their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development which relate to our Christian values that interlink with the teaching of the British Values. A broad range of SMSC provision is offered at Husthwaite Church of England Primary School and Nursery delivered through extra-curricular activities and stimulating teaching and learning opportunities.

The creative curriculum offered at Husthwaite allows children to progress in their understanding and engagement of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Our close links with the Church and local community help us to embed some of the key principles that pervade the Christian ethos which we are proud to endorse in our teaching and learning.


  • The exploration of other beliefs and values allow children to appreciate other people’s faiths and religions.
  • Opportunities are given for children to understand the effects that emotions have on others and how they can make people feel.
  • Reflection areas in the classroom allow children time to think and reflect on themselves, others and the surrounding world.
  • Collective Worship is integral to daily life at Husthwaite.


  • The embedding of our Christian Values and ethos help to set a clear moral code that is consistent throughout school
  • The school’s behaviour policy encourages children to take responsibility for their own actions and understand the consequences of their actions.
  • Children are taught to understand the difference between right and wrong and to respect the feelings of others


  • Children are taught to respect the inclusive values and to accept everyone for as they are irrespective of irrespective of ethnic origin, nationality, gender, ability, sexual orientation and religion.
  • Collective worship focuses on Christian Values which are delivered through personal qualities for example, friendship, respect, responsibility.
  • Opportunities to understand, discuss and debate social issues are given to children.
  • The school’s growth mind-set philosophy encourages pupils to work together, help each other and teaches resilience and teamwork skills.
  • Outdoor learning allows children to develop a sense of being, learn collaboratively and a respect for their peers and their environment
  • Participation in the Archbishop Youth Leaders Award enables children to experience the empowerment of helping the community through a volunteering role


  • Children are able to explore and understand their own culture, value and beliefs.
  • A range of different cultural events take place allowing children to experience and respect other cultures.
  • Whole school topics allow children the opportunity to explore and understand a range of different and diverse cultures
  • Opportunities to participate in inter-school sports and extra-curricular activities as well as school visits, allows children to have experiences outside of their own cultural context.

Our SMSC provision is embedded in our PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health, Communication, Emotional) planning