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promoting fundamental British values through SMSC

12 March 2015

This is non-statutory advice from the Department for Education. Maintained schools have obligations under section 78 of the Education Act (2002) which requires schools, as part of a broad and balanced curriculum, to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society. This guidance relates specifically to the requirements to actively promote fundamental British values in schools and explains how this can be met through the general requirement in the 2002 Act.

This advice is primarily for head teachers and other staff of maintained schools who are responsible for curriculum matters, and governing bodies

The main points of this advice are to make clear:

  • that maintained schools should promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development;
  • what is expected of schools in promoting fundamental British values; and
  • how this aligns with schools’ duty to promote SMSC.

Read the advice here

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