British values and SMSC

In 2011 the Government set out their definition for British Values in the Prevent Strategy. This was reinforced in 2014. The five British Values are set out as

  • Democracy
  • Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Southlands High School embraces British Values and provides multiple opportunities for our students to demonstrate them.


  • Student voice, students representatives, student votes

Rule of Law:

  • Accepting and adhering to class rules and school rules

Individual Liberty:

  • Safe spaces for our students to hold a positive ethos
  • Opportunities to engage in extra curricular activities of choice and interest and being encouraged to flourish
  • Trips and Visits

Mutual respect:

  • Behaviours and treatment of each other , staff, students, Governors, visitors
  • Willingness to listen to others points of view

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs:

  • Understanding and accepting that different faiths and beliefs exist
  • Mutual respect to all in and around our school community and beyond

Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development

Southlands High School is committed to developing our students as responsible citizens. Therefore SMSC – Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education is integral in all that we do, all that we say and all that we are.


  • Explore and experience different faiths and beliefs.
  • Students to be reflective about their own beliefs (religious or otherwise) and the perspective of life showing respect of others faiths, feelings and values.
  • Sense of enjoyment in learning about others,
  • Willingness to reflect on experiences.


  • Recognising right and wrong,
  • Respect of the law,
  • Understanding consequences
  • Investigate moral and ethical considerations.
  • Recognising right and wrong and legal boundaries understanding civil and criminal law consequences of behaviours and actions
  • Understand and offering reasoned views of morals and ethics.
  • Ability to understand and appreciate other viewpoints.


  • Social skills, working with others (incl those from different backgrounds – ethnic, religious, socio economic)
  • Willingness to volunteer in communities and social settings (eg volunteering, cooperation, resolving conflict).
  • Acceptance and engagement with BV of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance


  • Understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity –
  • Understand and appreciate own and others culture,
  • Knowledge of parliamentary system and its role in shaping our history and values,
  • Participation in artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities.
  • Interest in exploring, improving, showing understanding of different faiths and diversity.

Positive attitudes to local, national & global events.