SMSC & British Values

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural.

At Glusburn Community Primary School we aim to promote the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of all of our students through our curriculum and extra curriculum activities. SMSC, including British Values, forms a solid foundation for learning and students’ experiences and is evident throughout the school on a daily basis.

Our work to actively promote a meaningful understanding of democracy, liberty, rule of law and respect & mutual tolerance for all forms of diversity including faith and no faith is part of our SMSC provision which includes Modern British Values.

There are many opportunities to experience a range of social settings that enable a student to become confident, contribute positively and interact appropriately with others. Different viewpoints are welcomed and young people develop their understanding of the differences between right and wrong and consequences of their behaviour and actions.

Please click on the links below or to find out more about each.


The Spiritual development of pupils is shown by their:

  • ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values
  • sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
  • use of imagination and creativity in their learning
  • willingness to reflect on their experiences.

The Moral development of pupils is shown by their:

  • ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, readily apply this understanding in their own lives and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions
  • interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, and being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.
The social development of pupils is shown by their:

  • use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
  • willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively.
  • acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; the pupils develop  and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.


,   The Cultural development of pupils is shown by their:

  • understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others
  • understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
  • knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain
  • willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities
  • interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity, and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

Remembrance Day Service

On Wednesday 11th November 2020 we held a Remembrance Day assembly, via Zoom, for all staff and children at school. The assembly included a recorded Remembrance Day service that was kindly produced for local schools on behalf of St Thomas’ and South Craven Baptist Church. This service allowed us to participate in a community event while remaining in the safety of our own school.

The highlights of the assembly were the readings delivered by our school Ambassadors from in front of our ‘Poppy Tree’; while other students listened with respect in the own classrooms. These included several poems of historical importance and reflective words of their own, including loving memories of our very own hero, Mr Evans. Very kind. Very moving.

As we moved towards 11am, all members of the school came together in their own bubbles to prepare for silence. Ensuring that we felt a part of the local community again, we waited for the 109-year-old clock on the Institute tower and the chimes of the tower bell to inform us that it was time for reflection. As the bell struck for the final time, the whole school fell silent as every adult and child showed great respect while observing the 2 minutes of silence where they stood. The ‘Last Post’ was played on a loudspeaker for all to hear, even members of the local community stopped to pay their respects as they passed by the school.

Lest we forget.




Cultural Diversity Day

On Friday 29th January 2021, we celebrated Cultural Diversity Day with our special guest, Yesmien, Bagh Ali (Yazi ). Yazi introduced herself in Punjabi and English; English is Yazi’s first language. She told us that she was born and brought up in Skipton to Kashmiri parents and that Kashmir is part of both Pakistan and India. Yazi supports the local refugee community in Skipton and she knows what prejudice looks and feels like. Her book, ‘The Lonely Chapatti’ reflects her understanding of rejection based on difference.

Some children in Years 3 & 6 enjoying eating chapattis! One child loved them and told us how he had enjoyed eating them before, at the restaurant ‘Zolsha’ in Crosshills. Yazi is a Muslim and she spoke about the Muslim faith. She dressed in a Niqab and explained that some women choose to wear this to conceal part of their head from boys and men not related to them. Before SALAT (praying), it is important to perform WUDU (washing) and Yazi explained the washing routine to us. We all copied the actions.

Lockdown Learning: Yazi’s day of workshops were all delivered to us using Zoom. This kept everyone safe and all those learning from home could join in too. Children in Years 4, 5 & 6 had many ideas and observations about what prejudice is and how we challenge it.