British values / Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural (SMSC) Education

Here at Hasmonean, we are committed to ensuring that our students grow as individuals who are able to make positive contributions in the school and in the wider community. Social, moral, spiritual and cultural (SMSC) education is integral to our curricula and it allows our students to understand how to enhance their Jewish lives within the ethos of the school, which can be found here.

At Hasmonean, all students, staff and parents are aware of its great purpose: to nurture students to become committed to, and ready to live, a life of Torah im Derech Eretz (to be successful in the wider world without comprising the attitudes and values enshrined in the Torah). This enables our students to become successful, responsible contributors to modern day Britain.

As a faith school, we believe it is important that our students are exposed to life in the wider community and that they have the opportunity to share their experiences with people of different faiths. Our students are able to do this through the various volunteering tasks that they carry out, through taking part in educational visits across London and the United Kingdom, through participating in sporting activities and events and through various other activities that take place both within school, and within the wider community.

At Hasmonean, students will have the opportunity to:

  • be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in, and respect for, different peoples’ faiths, feelings and values
  • be confident in learning about themselves and others in the world around them
  • have the ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong
  • have an interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and an ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues
  • use a range of social skills in different contexts by working with students with various beliefs and ideas
  • participate in a variety of social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
  • learn about the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
  • participate fully in, and contribute positively to, life in modern Britain
  • understand and appreciate the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others
  • understand and appreciate the range of different cultures within school, and further afield, as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
  • learn about Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain
  • participate in, and respond positively to, artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities
  • explore and have respect for different faiths and cultural diversity within their local, national and global communities.

We are committed to ensuring students understand their place in British society and we teach them to embrace their place in the world through secular, religious and extra-curricular provision. More details of this can be found in the documents section of this page.