British Values & SMSC

There is a requirement for schools to actively promote and teach ‘British Values’ as part of latest guidance from Ofsted/DfE.

These have roughly been defined by the government as –

  • Tolerance
  • Respect and understanding of those who are different from us
  • Respect for law
  • An understanding of what is right and wrong
  • At the Harlow Academy we cover British Values through all aspects of our curriculum and we track this specifically in relation to our Assembly/Get Wise (PSHE) provision, a copy of which is attached below.


Promoting British Values at The Harlow Academy


How We Promote It


UN CRC Article 12:Students have the right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account

  • We have an elected School Council. This is used as an opportunity to promote and teach about democracy and the electoral process.
  • The beginnings of democracy are taught through the curriculum in areas such as English, Humanities and PHSE. Students will look at speeches connected to Civil Rights, as well as a range of poems from different cultures that link to discussions around democracy. Students will look at speeches connected to Civil Rights, as well as a range of poems from different cultures that link to discussions around democracy. In history students will study events where British values have been tested such as the world wars. They may also look at topics to do with Slavery or the Suffragette movement in KS3-4. In geography the students will look at how different cultures live and work across the world.
  • RE drop down days should reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Children should have the opportunity to visit places of worship that are important to different to faiths. Schools can actively promote diversity through celebrations of different faiths and cultures.

The Rule of Law

UN CRC Article 19:Governments should ensure that Students are properly cared for, and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents, or anyone else who looks after them

  • All positive behaviour is based around our core values of Integrity, Inclusivity, Resilience, Endeavour and Ambition. These are recognised throughout the Academy. Rewards for showing these values are given in daily reflections, weekly assemblies and termly Celebration Assemblies.
  • Throughout the curriculum, students are taught how to earn trust and respect and are supported to develop a strong sense of morality; knowing right from wrong even when it is difficult. This is also taught explicitly during Tutor Time, PSHE lessons and reinforced in assemblies.
  • The local police officer / PCSO visits the school to talk to the Students and explain about their role in society.

Individual Liberty

UN CRC Article 31:All Students have a right to relax and play, and join in a wide range of activities

UN CRC Article 15:Students have the right to meet together and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights

  • Our broad and balanced curriculum teaches about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration.
  • Pupils are offered a range of enrichment activities allowing them to follow their interests in sport, the arts, music and photography etc.
  • Our PSHE curriculum covers areas of individual liberty throughout the school as part of our inclusion agenda.
  • Students are taught how to keep themselves safe, including online. This is done through computing lessons, assemblies, through the PSHE curriculum and events such as ‘Safer Internet Day’ – 11thFebruary 2020.

Mutual Respect

UN CRC Article 2:The Convention applies to everyone whatever their race, religion, abilities, whatever they think or say and whatever type of family they come from

UN CRC Article 30:Students have a right to learn and use the language and customs of their families, whether these are shared by the majority of people in the country or not

  • We have high expectations about pupils conduct underpinned by our 5 Core Values. This is reflected in our behaviour policy.
  • Using our Core Values, pupils are taught to respect each other, to be cooperative and collaborative, be supportive and to look for similarities while being understanding of differences.
  • Specific PSHE topics are delivered throughout school exploring mutual respect, as well as being a topic for assemblies.
  • The local Police Officer comes in regularly to explain key issues which informs our student’s knowledge such as ‘Hate Crime Awareness’.

Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

UN CRC Article 14:Students have the right to think and believe what they want, and to practice their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Parents should guide their Students on these matters.

  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through specific teaching on Religious Education in all year groups as part of a drop down SMSC afternoon each term. Students learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals.
  • Significant religious festivals are marked through assemblies.
  • Pledges include visits to religious places of worship as well as speakers coming in to school.


At The Harlow Academy, as part of the Evolve Trust, we live by our Core Values:

Inclusivity, Resilience, Endeavour, Ambition, Integrity

These Values underpin everything we do. We actively challenge pupils, staff and parents who are not showing those values or who express opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.