SMSC & British Values

At Keir Hardie, we are committed to serving our diverse mutli-cutural, multi-faith and ever changing community.  We believe it is essential that our pupils are equipped with the tools they need to support them in growing up in modern British society.  We want all pupils that attend our school to have the opportunity to develop a strong set of values and principles, and question and understand what it means to grow up in British society. We want our pupils to know British Values underpin what is to be a good citizen, valuing and celebrating diversity. 

The government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that British Values are taught in all UK schools. The government  set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. The five British Values are:

  • Democracy

  • The rule of law.

  • Individual liberty

  • Mutual respect

  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.

Our curriculum is designed to ensure that our pupils have the opportunity to learn and reflect on the British values that underpin our lives and to recognise the valuable role that they play as emerging citizens in British society. We also ensure our curriculum supports pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) equipping them to be thoughtful, caring and active citizens in school and in wider society.

RE & Art Project 2020

Pupils at Keir Hardie were challenged to create a piece of 3D artwork, reflecting on a ‘special book.’ The submissions were spectacular!

Faith in Schools: Easter 2020

Year 2 had special visitors from Faith in Schools to teach them about Easter. This was an exciting opportunity for them to ask questions about why Holy Week is important to them and how it made them feel.

Rosh Hashana 2020

Year 3 have been learning about Judaism. They shared their learning about the celebration of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year which is marked by the blowing of the shofar. This is a time for family gatherings, special meals reflection and repentance.

EYFS Chinese New Year Assembly 2020

As part of the Chinese New Year celebration, Reception children shared their learning of the cultural and historical significance observed in China. The festival signals the beginning of spring and the start of a new year according to the Chinese lunar calendar.


Year 5 Junior Citizenship 2020

Year 5 met police officers, fire brigade officials, RNLI staff and many more people dedicated to keeping us safe as part of a special session of Junior Citizenship. We travelled to the Tate and Lyle factory for the event.

Heritage Week 2019

To celebrate Keir Hardie’s rich cultural diversity, during heritage week we celebrated different cultural backgrounds represented in the school, pupils and staff wore traditional clothes representing their heritage. It was fantastic to see all the vibrant colours and an array of beautiful styles, pupils and staff were very proud to speak about the importance of the clothes they were wearing. It was also a great opportunity to learn, celebrate and share food from different countries.

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We had a fantastic cultural day! Many children dressed up in traditional clothing and tasted food brought in by different cultures. Children were able to share experiences with each other, noticing similarities and differences.

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Harvest Festival 19/20

The children on the school council organised a collection of food for the Harvest Festival, they then visited Newham Food Bank to get a better understanding of what happens to the food collection, how it is organised and distributed. The information was shared in a whole school assembly.


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Work Week 2019

Speech Making
Year Six had the amazing opportunity to perform at the East London Speech-Making Festival on 29th November 2019. Their speeches emphasised the dangers of increasing climate change and ways in which the young generation can move forward. What a fantastic opportunity!


Year 6 Visit to the Houses of Parliament
Year 6 pupils visited  the Houses of Parliament, a great opportunity to discuss British values. As part of the day, the children visited the House of Commons and the House of Lords. They reflected on the qualities of a good leader and were encouraged to aspire to  these leadership positions in the future. They also spent the day learning about making laws using the procedure laid down by Parliament.

Rights & Respect Week 2019
11-15 November was our Rights and Respect week which coincided with National Anti-Bullying week. It was an opportunity for the whole school community to reflect on our safeguarding procedures, discuss this year’s theme ‘ Change Starts With Us’ and reviste the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. We held discussions, debates, drama and workshops by Chain Reaction Theatre company (for staff, pupils and parents) and NSPCC assemblies and workshops.

Police workshops for Year 5/6 pupils 

Yr5 and Year 6 pupils learnt about homophobic language and the effects that on-line bullying has on individuals especially outside the confines of the school  This was the perfect opportunity for pupils to ask questions linked to these particular foci. Pupils found this to be very informative and are now very aware of how they can seek help if they are subject to this.

Respect and safety on TFL

We teach our pupils about safety on London transport, they part in workshops delivered by TFL. The aim of the workshops are to promote safe, responsible and respectful behaviour on and around London’s transport system and to provide valuable lessons on how to best use the services provided.’

Richard House Visit
 Richard House visited Keir Hardie to explain the good work that they do for families who have terminally ill pupils.  They also thanked the school for supporting them with Fund raising to help them continue their much needed work.

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