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'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.'

Ofsted inspection handbook


The Prevent Strategy, defines the British values. These are key to allowing everybody to participate and contribute positively to our society. These values are:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Throughout the day, our Co-op Values are a part of  everything we do. Our values teach democracy, working together and respect, which work really well alongside the defined British values. Our broad and balanced curriculum allows the exploration of all of these values, across many different topics and subjects.

We recognise that a child’s personal development plays an important role in their ability to learn and achieve. We provide opportunities that enable children to explore and develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally (SMSC):

Spiritual development

This refers to a child’s beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform their perspective on life and their respect for other people’s feelings and values. It is about the development of a sense of identity, self-worth, personality and character. Children develop a set of values and principles which compliment Nightingale and Co-operative’s ethos and informs children’s perspective on life and their patterns of behaviour.

All our children will be able to build their own awareness, understanding and respect for their own and others’ beliefs. We provide the opportunity for children to experience ‘awe and wonder’ through exploring natural environments. . Promoting teaching styles which value pupils’ questions and gives them space for their own thoughts, ideas and concerns so they can make connections between their learning and the context of their own lives.

We understand how important it is to give children a voice and opportunity to share their thinking in school so that they feel valued part of the school community.

Moral development

This refers to a child’s moral code, their attitude and belief in what is right or wrong. We support pupils to explore and understand human emotions and the way they impact on people through Literacy, Drama, Music and Dance.

We have a clear moral code for behaviour which has been shaped by the children and is promoted throughout the Academy; for example, Behaviour Policy, Class and School rules, ESafety learning and Anti-bullying learning.

Pupils have opportunities to explore personal rights and responsibilities and to develop moral concepts and values throughout the curriculum during RE, History, Literacy, Drama. We encourage and reward moral insights and good behaviour through our school behaviour policy and reward system.

 Pupils take responsibility for their actions; for example, respect for property, care for the environment and developing their own codes of behaviour. We give children models of virtue, through literature, history, science, art during learning in class, assemblies; this strengthens our co-operative values alongside other images, posters, classroom displays such as Co-op stars.

Social development

This refers to a pupil’s understanding of their role in society and the opportunity to develop skills which will allow for positive interaction with their local community. This is supported by fostering a sense of community through involvement in projects such as Northern Ballet, sports events such as Tour de Nightingale, and supporting local and world charities such as St James’ Hospital Christmas presents, Project Paddington, as well as visits from role models from the community.

Children to work cooperatively; as part of our co-operative values. Organising positive cooperative experiences; for example, sporting events, Christmas and summer performances, Choir performances and activities with other local primary schools. Children have the chance to meet with role models from their community; governors, firemen, police officers etc.

Helping pupils to develop personal qualities which are valued in society is part of our co-operative commitment, for example, equity, equality, solidarity, democracy, self-help and self-responsibility as well as wider respect, moral principles, independence, inter-dependence and self-respect.  Children grow their own social skills by being able to resolve tensions between their own aspirations and those of a group or wider society. This is done through adult support such as restorative practice, PSHE and circle time discussions and assemblies.

Cultural development

This refers to a child’s understanding of the beliefs, values and customs in their own and others’ social, ethnic and national groups. We provide children with opportunities to explore their own cultural assumptions and values through the curriculum and special events.  We celebrate the attitudes, values and diverse cultures in Geography, RE, History, Literacy, Assemblies, Art, Dance, Music; drawing on the children’s own cultural backgrounds.

We have strong relationships with outside agencies and individuals that build pupil’s cultural awareness; for example, through Drama and Music. Reinforcing our school’s cultural values through assemblies, learning, displays and photographs.

The Educate Against Hate website contains lots of useful information.