Promoting British Values

SMSC and British Values at Linden Lodge

SMSC stands for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development. Ofsted describes it as ‘…the training of good human beings, purposeful and wise, themselves with a vision of what it is to be human and the kind of society that makes that possible’.

SMSC and British Values education is at the heart of the Linden Lodge provision. The curriculum is rich with evidence of how students are actively engaged in opportunities to develop their SMSC and BV. 

We achieve this by embedding these core values and beliefs into all subjects, targeting specific issues in assembly time through the ‘Celebration of Achievement’. International events of significance are addressed throughout the school year in assemblies and through cross curricular projects.


British Values at Linden Lodge

Schools have a duty to teach British Values including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of other faiths and beliefs. Teachers are required in the conduct section of their Standards, to uphold public trust in the profession by not undermining fundamental British Values. Linden Lodge expects all staff to model and teach these values. Our Equalities Policy makes clear our intention to provide the best education we can for all of our students regardless of race, faith, gender, age and sexual orientation.

At Linden Lodge British Values are reflected in our values, our curriculum and our partnership working.

The Department for Education describes British Values as:

  • Democracy: Respect for democracy and support or participation in the democratic process
  • The Rule of Law: Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs: Support for equality of opportunity for all
  • Individual Liberty: Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law

Through our curriculum and approaches, we are preparing our pupils for life in their communities and in society. We believe it is vital that wherever possible pupils understand the importance of engagement, participation and decision making so that they can influence their future lives. We want to prepare our pupils for life in modern Britain and to leave us with a strong sense of tolerance and kindness built on respect and friendships.