The Southover Partnership is committed to promoting, worshiping and establishing fundamental British values as part of SMSC through providing highly engaging activities beyond the classroom. As a result, students at Southover are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance. In line with the Department for Education (2014), we expect that Southover students should understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.

With our wide range of SMSC events and workshops, we aim to:

• enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
• enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
• encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely;
• enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;
• further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;
• encourage respect for other people; and
• encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.

As a result, our Southover students will gain:

• an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process;
• an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety;
• an understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence;
• an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law;
• an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour; and
• an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination

*As an establishment, we ensure that our staff members do not share partisan political views through our yearly safeguarding training. We also politely ask all visitors to confirm that they will not share any partisan political views and respect equality and diversity during their visits.