How do I identify opportunities for SMSC and FBV in the subject I lead?

With children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development and fundamental British values (FBV) being required to be at the heart of a school’s work, we've developed SMSC and FBV subject-leader checklists to help schools using the Cornerstones Curriculum identify and evidence opportunities for both.

A school may decide to audit one subject at a time or all subjects depending on their curriculum priorities.

How to use the checklists

    1. Log on to The Hub and go to the SMSC & FBV area in ‘Supporting Documents and Products'.
    2. Click on the SMSC & FBV icon and scroll down to find the individual ‘Subject-leader checklists’ or the ‘Whole school audit booklet’.
    3. Decide if you want to do a whole school audit (all subjects at once) or a single subject (auditing one subject at a time).
    4. Click to download the appropriate documents, then print and copy, one for each year group.
    5. Each year group should look at the statements in the ‘Do children…' columns on the subject sheets and make a judgement as to whether this aspect of SMSC or FBV is evident in their teaching.
    1. For each bullet point, teachers should write a comment, give an example, or attach evidence such as photographs, pieces of children's of work or children's comments. A column is provided on the right-hand side for referencing these.
  1. If staff think that a statement is inappropriate or not covered in their year group, it can be crossed out.
  2. Once completed, documents can be passed to SLT to collate and analyse the results.

You don't need to complete all subject sheets at once; you can do them over time depending on which subject is a curriculum focus or priority.

Keep your checklists and evidence together in a file ready for inspection. You can also use the information to write an SMSC and FBV action plan if required.

In addition to the subject-leader checklists, we have also uploaded SMSC and FBV coverage grids, to help you identify how each of your chosen ILPs covers SMSC and FBV.

Visit The Hub to download your SMSC and FBV subject-leader checklists and coverage grids now.


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Melanie Moore

Mel is Curriculum Director and the author of the Cornerstones Curriculum. She writes, edits and oversees all curriculum materials and leads our creative team. Mel has over 20 years of primary teaching experience, including as a deputy headteacher. She has also been a teacher adviser and a local authority strategy adviser.

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