Legal Status:

This is a Statutory Policy has regard for the Education (Independent School Standards) (England) 2014, part 2, in force January 2015. This is a whole school policy which includes EYFS.

It is to be read in conjunction with:
Equality Act 2010
Keeping Children Safe in Education( KCSIE) September 2020
E – Safety Policy

Prevent Duty

SEND Policy

Safeguarding Policy

Sex, Relationships and Health Policy

PSHEE Policy

Staff Code of Conduct

Safer Recruitment Policy

Rationale
At The Cedars School we believe that each child is enhanced by spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The school is essentially Christian based but children of all faiths and beliefs, and those with none, are encouraged to strive for academic excellence. They cultivate a spirit of open and shared enquiry, whilst developing their own potential and qualities of character so that they can make a positive contribution to the World.

We actively promote the fundamental British Values of Democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and the mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. These are embedded in all that we do and believe.

 

At The Cedars School we understand that aspects of SMSC can be developed through almost all parts of the curriculum and can be incorporated into the day-to-day operation of the school, through our ethos and practices. At all times we take account of the age and ability of the children, including those with needs.

We ensure that, at all times, our children are offered a balanced presentation of opposing views whilst they are in school, taking part in extra curricula activities, on visits outside the school or when we have outside speakers.

The SMSC policy links and strengthens other policies so that the ideals of the school’s Ethos and Aims become a reality for all our children. SMSC is embedded in all aspects of our curriculum and we have a clear strategy to embed the fundamental British values.

 

Aims
All children at The Cedars are led towards distinguishing right from wrong, to respect the law and towards acting consistently with their beliefs, with a view to the consequences of their own and others’ actions.
In addition, at The Cedars we:

  • lead children towards becoming confident and positive contributors to their community.
  • enable children to gain insights into the origins and practices of their own cultures and into those of the wider community.
  • take steps to ensure that children appreciate racial and cultural diversity, and avoid and resist racism and any extreme views.
  • ensure that the children are able to understand and respond to risk, for example, risks associated with extremism, new technology, drugs, alcohol, knife crime and personal safety.
  • enable children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • encourage our children to accept responsibility for their own behaviour, show initiative and understand how they can contribute to community life.
  • will provide children with a broad general knowledge of public institutions and services in England.
  • assist children to acquire an appreciation of and a respect for their own and other cultures, in a way that promotes tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions.
  • encourage children to respect the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, the individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different beliefs and faiths.
  • preclude the promotion of partisan political views in the teaching of every subject.

 

Therefore the understanding and knowledge expected of our children as an outcome of our positive approach to SMSC includes;

 

  • an understanding of how citizens can influence decision making through the democratic processes
  • an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individuals, and is essential for their safety and well being
  • an understanding that there is a separation between the legal and the political systems
  • an understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths or beliefs is protected by law
  • an understanding that some ‘characteristics’ are protected by law
  • an acceptance that people may have different faiths or beliefs to one’s own and these should be accepted and tolerated; they should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour and
  • an understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination.
Policy adopted by Jane O’Halloran Headteacher
Policy adopted August 2016
Reviewed March 2018
Reviewed

Reviewed

March 2019

October 2020