Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

British Values

"I am valued and we value each other"


Curriculum intent

We believe that every child should have access to and have the opportunity to explore all elements of SMSC through high quality teaching and wider opportunities. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are promoted through all PSHE teaching and Collective Worship.

Spiritual development: We explore the beliefs and experiences of ourselves and others; discuss the importance of respecting all beliefs and faiths; learn about and discuss our feelings and values and those of others.

Moral development: We learn about and discuss things that are right and wrong; learn about the law and the importance of it; begin to consider our actions and the consequence of them; consider, discuss and debate ethical issues; offer reasoned views.

Social development: We consider all of the groups and communities that we are part of; participate in our local community; learn how to resolve conflict; engage with the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance.

Cultural development: We become aware of cultural influences; learn about the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity. 


How British Values are taught through Jigsaw PSHE

At Brightwell School we use the Jigsaw curriculum for our PSHE teaching.

"Jigsaw is a whole-school approach and embodies a positive philosophy and creative teaching and learning activities to nurture children’s development as compassionate and well-rounded human beings as well as building their capacity to learn. Jigsaw is a comprehensive and completely original PSHE Education programme (lesson plans and teaching resources) for the whole primary school from ages 3-11.

Jigsaw has two main aims for all children:

• To build their capacity for learning

• To equip them for life Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, compulsory Relationships and Health Education, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development.

All lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs.

British Values are promoted through all PSHE teaching facilitated by Jigsaw.

You can find out more about how we do this here