This module provides an introduction and overview of British Values and provides important definitions and distinctions for the four core values and the SMSC guidance for OFSTED inspection. 

School Responsibilities

British Values: Four Key Summaries

The Department for Education (DfE) outline British Values according to the following four core summaries:

1 – Democracy

2 – The rule of law

3 – Individual Liberty

4 – Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

“A key part of our plan for education is to ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance,regardless of background.”

“We want every school to promote the basic British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs.”

“This ensures young people understand the importance of respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.”

– Department for Education

The Four Key Summaries of British Values are each represented below by an image with accompanying text underneath. Learn about each summary by slowly dragging the selector to the right until you have familiarised yourself with all four key summaries:

SMSC Definition

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC. Work through the following cards in the element below to learn what is meant by each of the concepts which comprise the SMSC acronym:

The following graphic contains a number of images and corresponding text providing more detail for each summary in the SMSC acronymn. Click the “turn” button at the bottom centre of the image card to reveal the information. Then proceed through each of the remaining summaries by selecting the blue arrow at the bottom right of each card:

Module One: Knowledge Test