Our everyday curriculum, and extra special events, offer lots of opportunities for pupils to explore SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development) and British Values; 

Spiritual: Explore beliefs; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use creativity and reflect on experiences.

Moral: Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned opinions and have an appreciation of British Values.

Social: Investigate moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the fundamental values of British democracy.

Cultural: Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, respect and celebrate diversity.

The 5 fundamental British values are; 


Rule of Law

Individual Liberty

Mutual Respect

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. 

At Bede Burn we ensure that pupils are prepared for life in modern Britain. 


Children’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is of the utmost importance to everyone working at Bede Burn Primary School. We believe that building a child’s SMSC skills and understanding are every bit as important as academic knowledge. Our aim is for our pupils to develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain; 

Bede Burn Primary School is a very happy, caring, supportive place to learn and grow. We promote tolerance of others, the mutual respect for beliefs and ideas, and encourage the skill of informed and respectful debate. We provide a broad curriculum and we value creativity and innovation. Energy, passion and praise are found here in abundance, as well as a love of learning. We encourage a strong sense of collaboration within school, as well as with our families and our global community. We know the importance of contributing to our community as well as appreciating the support from others, including our Governors, parents, grandparents and Bede Burn Buddies group. We offer a wide range of clubs to our pupils, as well as visitor opportunities and other curriculum-enriching activities such as our international links. We have achieved international recognition for our amazing singing efforts and we look forward to continuing this success throughout this year and beyond. We inspire our pupils to achieve, and have high expectations for all of our children; we aim to instil the belief that we are all capable of anything, with hard work and perseverance. We embrace challenges, safe in the knowledge that mistakes are simply opportunities to improve further.  Our aim is for our children to leave Year 6 with everything they need for success in their bright futures, including a broad academic knowledge, respect for themselves and others, confidence and a host of fond memories. We strongly believe that by promoting the children’s self-confidence, be it in academic, sporting or artistic activities, our pupils will reach their full potential. 

We are proud of our achievements – our children shine brightly. 

We think big – we dream big – and we go for it!

Our school’s key aims are taken from the DFE’s aims for all children nationally.

(SMSC – Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools- November 2014)

Our aims are to:

  • enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
  • enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law

of England;

  • encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the

locality of the school and to society more widely;

  • enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public

institutions and services in England; ·

  • further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;
  • encourage respect for other people; and ·
  • encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England

The curriculum is a tool which enables us to look at natural features of the British landscape, famous British people and aspects of British life both past and present. We make sure that within the curriculum there are opportunities to learn about key historical events or people who changed or influenced laws.

As well as this, we cover the 5 areas of British Values.


Democracy is promoted within the school;

Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council. We hold a School Council Surgery each half term and children have access to School Council suggestion slips on our display. 

To establish our house captains and school council members, we hold school elections. Candidates create and present their own Manifesto to their class. Children vote for their preferred candidate in a secret ballot on election day each September. 

Parents and children are asked each year to complete a questionnaire to share their views about the school.

The Rule of Law:

Our school behaviour policy helps us to teach the children the behaviour rules of our school. Our School’s ‘Bedeburn Be’ rules are regularly shared with the children and are part of our behaviour policy.

We also have our ‘classroom code’, which has rules for learning. This is regularly referred to by staff and pupils.

We regularly take opportunities in weekly assemblies to share key behaviour rules: the importance of right from wrong; making choices about our behaviour and consequences of poor behaviour.  Pupils are also taught the value and reasons behind laws; the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken both in the real world and in the school. Visits from authorities such as the Police and the Fire Service are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.

We also cover different types of rules within the curriculum. Examples of these are: e-safety assemblies and anti-bullying.

Individual Liberty:

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe

and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely. This is reflected in the decisions they make about their behaviour and their learning.

Mutual Respect 

Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how we can be respectful every day. Respect is also part of a theme for hot chocolate with the Head teacher in celebration assembly. In RE, we have deal with the issues of respecting others, learning about different backgrounds and beliefs. We teach about tolerance and understanding, and we learn about other children’s cultures and religions, for example through our links with our sister school in China.

We encouraged children to ask respectful questions which help us to find out more about individuals and groups of people who belong within our school community.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

Being in a school which is culturally diverse, we work closely with pupils to help them understand their place in a culturally diverse society.

Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and racism and have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Each year group will cover different religions and will visit places of worship. We also invite in visitors to talk about their religions.

We cover British Values, where we look at all the different groups who live in Britain and the United Kingdom and how our school is a reflection of this.

Below is a list of some of the ways that we promote SMSC and British Values;

  • Our school vision; we now have joint ownership of a shared vision, displayed and referred to across school. 
  • Our classroom code is displayed across school and encourages pupils to embrace challenges and to have confidence. 
  • Our school council and house captains are elected by their peers, promoting democracy. 
  • Our children know their school council representatives, to take any issues or ideas to.
  • Our house teams, house competitions and Reception buddy system promote cross-year group work and belonging. 
  • We read aloud to our classes every day and discuss the dilemmas and events of the characters – this intentionally often covers SMSC areas in a way which builds understanding of social and moral issues as well as reading comprehension.
  •  Many of our topics offer opportunities for pupils to explore SMSC and British Values within a context (separate document available)
  • Resilience week; promoting growth mindset, perseverance and belief in yourself. 
  • Our children help to plan and complete our ‘Christmas in a Box’ project, whereby we work with a local church to identify elderly people in need in our immediate local area. A group of children then take it into the community to deliver them. 
  • Special days such as ‘Children in Need’ and ‘Comic Relief’ promote positive action to help communities.
  • We hold a Diversity Day each year where children split into house teams to discuss different aspects of our culturally diverse society and learn about what makes us different, unique and special. Our next focus will be on people with disabilities. 
  • British Values Day celebrates our home Nation. Children split into house teams and focus on 4 activities throughout the day; 
  • Learn about the Royal Family. 
  • Learn about famous British authors and famous people in British history.
  • Learn about British charities such as Red Cross. Find out how and when they were set up and what their purpose is.
  • Learn how to debate. Learn about Victorian values, rules within society and within our school.

All children and staff to participate in a whole school ‘British Garden Party’ with scones, orange juice and triangular sandwiches.

  •  Our annual Grandparents’ concert promotes giving thanks to our elder relatives and allows children to shine on stage. 
  • Our class assemblies performed for parents develop pupil’s self-esteem and self-confidence. 
  • Our annual Christmas concerts and choir concerts allow pupils to develop confidence in performing.
  • We hold close international links with our sister school in China and children benefit from their regular visits.
  • Our Friday celebration assemblies have been developed to promote achievement and celebration of success (bean bags, ‘waiter service’, congratulations message on Seesaw)
  • Seesaw, our online learning platform, allows pupils and parents to have a greater voice and partnership in learning within school.
  • Parents and pupils also voice their views through our regular questionnaires.