SMSC and fundamental British values

All state-funded schools are required to prepare pupils for ‘life in Britain'.

The Department for Education states that schools should do this through their spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development that includes promoting the fundamental British values (FBV) of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and respect and tolerance.

Cornerstones SMSC and FBV package

To help schools promote and deliver SMSC and FBV, Cornerstones is developing a comprehensive package of resources including:

  • a set of coded skills based on the ‘Defining spiritual, moral, social and cultural development’ section of the Ofsted School inspection handbook
  • SMSC pedagogy wheel
  • subject co-ordinator checklists
  • Love to Celebrate RE scheme (sold separately)
  • special FBV projects 'Democracy Rules!'

Putting SMSC and FBV at the heart of your school's curriculum

The Cornerstones pedagogy is central to our curriculum and enables schools to put SMSC and FBV at the heart of everything they do. The wheel enables schools using Cornerstones to show Ofsted how SMSC and FBV are embedded in the school ethos and philosophy.

Click below to watch our short video 'SMSC and FBV in the Cornerstones Curriculum' to see how this works.

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Promoting SMSC and FBV through the curriculum

The curriculum is delivered through over 80 exciting Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs). Many of these, give schools the opportunity to promote aspects of SMSC and FBV. For example, in Year 1 children learn about right, wrong, rules and laws in the exciting ‘Superheroes’ project. They also learn about people from another culture in the lively, ‘Rio de Vida’.

In Year 5, children learn about having and losing individual liberty in the Tudor project ‘Off with Her Head’ and in Year 6, children explore and appreciate the wide range of cultural influences that shape their own and other’s heritage, in the poignant project, ‘A Child’s War’.

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Promoting SMSC and FBV through Love to Celebrate

Our brand new product, Love to Celebrate, helps schools actively promote SMSC and FBV through a range of faith-based projects.

The 39 projects will help you develop a relevant, tailor-made religious education curriculum for your school.

With an online coverage checker and a range of colourful and child-friendly resources, Love to Celebrate helps pupils develop mutual respect for and tolerance of people with different faiths and beliefs.

About Love to Celebrate

Cornerstones Yoimoji

Cornerstones Yoimoji is specifically designed to help schools promote SMSC and FBV. The Yoimoji are a series of characters that each represent a specific value, such as ‘kind’, ‘brave’, ‘resilient’ and ‘democratic’.

We think the Yoimoji are going to transform the way schools engage pupils in SMSC and FBV.

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Cornerstones Curriculum

A broad and balanced, knowledge and skills based curriculum with a creative edge. Comprising of over 80 themed projects and 1000s of lesson ideas mapped to the national curriculum.

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Love to Celebrate

Actively promote SMSC and FBV through 39 faith-based projects which will help you develop a relevant, tailor-made religious education curriculum for your school.

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DfE Guidance

The DfE states that schools should promote the fundamental British values (FBV) of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and respect and tolerance.

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“Ofsted love the curriculum and it is what brought us through as a 'good' school.”
Richard Osler, Deputy Headteacher
Broad Oak Primary School
“Ofsted were extremely positive about the way that we had used the Cornerstones framework to 'revamp and expand our previously narrow curriculum' and told the school leaders that this had been a 'wise decision'.”
Ruth Scales, Assistant Head Teacher
Westwood Farm School
“You can see the impact when you talk to the children in my school, the parents, the staff and my governing body.”
Roulla Gabriel, Principal
Hockley Heath Primary School
“I believe it made a major contribution to our school moving from 'Requires Improvement' back to 'Good'.”
David Hall, Head Teacher
Brackensdale ER Junior School
“Cornerstones allows us to be creative and explore exciting themes through a robust teaching framework.”
Dominic Broad, Acting Deputy Head Teacher
Barry Island Primary School
“Cornerstones gave us all a fresh start and we've never looked back.”
Jill Bramwell, Deputy Head
Blackrod Primary School
“My daughter is totally engaged with the curriculum and coming home so happy ”
Karin, Parent of Year 5 pupil
St. Michael's RC Primary