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Church of England Primary School

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SMSCC Development, PSHE and RSE

In St. Luke's, we are proud to live and work within the rich and diverse EC1 community in Islington. We have 31 different languages all recognised and celebrated as part of the school community.




All aspects of school life in St. Luke's and the curriculum aim to contribute to the wider development of pupils and their role in the community. The ethos of the school and the values which are implicit in the life and work of the school will have a powerful effect on the extent to which this potential is realised.


As a school in Britain, we have a duty to promote the British values of respect and tolerance in pupils for all faiths, races and cultures. We must ensure that we do not place religious laws ahead of the British judicial system or teach anything that undermines the rule of English civil and criminal law. Every school has to follow the aims of the Equality Act 2010:


  • To eliminate unlawful discrimination
  • To advance equality of opportunity to all females and males
  • To foster good relations between people


We have a very broad and balanced curriculum and do our best to teach good citizenship, preparing children for life in modern Britain whilst actively promoting British values. Children receive their legal entitlement to every subject of the National Curriculum. We expect girls and boys to attend all trips which enhance their learning in school.


The foundations of spiritual, moral, social, cultural and community development are laid at home. The school programme for promoting pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is seen as complementing and supporting the work of parents and carers.




Promoting spiritual development involves our school in providing opportunities for:


  • pupils to develop their ‘inner lives’ through, for example: reflecting on their own and other people’s experiences;
  • acquiring self-knowledge; thinking about their own beliefs, values and aspirations;
  • making personal responses to questions about the purpose and meaning of life; using imagination.


Examples of ways in which our school life as a whole promotes spiritual development are through:


  • P4C- philosophy for children,
  • the Local Authority PSHE and Diocese of London RE curriculum
  • the school's Global Citizenship Curriculum focus
  • providing and encouraging a positive ethos
  • the values and attitudes the school identifies, upholds and fosters
  • encouraging children to have a positive self-esteem
  • focusing on positive ‘success’
  • giving children the opportunity to reflect and to experience times of quiet (including collective worship)
  • encouraging children to listen to and consider the ideas and experiences of others. 




Our school promotes moral development within the ethos and our every day contact with children. The staff take good care of the children and strive to keep them safe. There is a clear code of behaviour and high personal standards are expected and a mutual respect. Children are given the opportunity to think about issues concerning right and wrong. Behaviour of children is consistently good.




The behaviour and attributes we expect are around politeness, courtesy, self-discipline, self-awareness and caring. We encourage children to value others and understand the need to be able to work with others. We help children to address their own difficulties and the difficulties of others. We encourage them to take responsibility, and give them an understanding of their role within the wider community.




Our school promotes cultural development when it gives pupils opportunities to engage in a wide range of cultural activities and to appreciate aspects of their own and other people’s cultural traditions. We adopt the view that diversity makes the world a richer place. We encourage and teach children knowledge of their own cultural traditions and practices and those of other cultural groups within the school and society e.g. through International Evening, a Global Citizenship Curriculum, Heritage Month and visits to places of worship.




The school is engaged in working toward a society in which there is a common vision and a sense of belonging by all communities. The diversity of people’s backgrounds and circumstances is appreciated and valued. We ensure similar life opportunities are available to all. Strong and positive relationships exist and continue to be developed in the workplace within the school and in the wider community.


We seek to demonstrate that we understand the context of our own community: that we plan and take appropriate actions to promote community cohesion.


Ways the school promotes community cohesion:


  • curriculum and teaching approaches that promote common values and demonstrate a positive attitude to diversity
  • lessons which encourage pupil articulacy, especially in the area of stereotyping and prejudice and self-advocacy
  • curriculum enrichment opportunities e.g. visits, speakers, Dream Catcher Assemblies
  • EAL support for children and families who need support
  • consideration of pupils’ special needs
  • prioritising of opportunities to engage our students with local, nation, and global themes
  • fostering partnerships with local schools
  • participating with other educational institutions in meaningful intercultural activities like sport, dance, drama, etc.
  • encouraging community members to visit school and work with pupils
  • maintaining close links with other local agencies, like the police, health professional, social services, arts worker, gallery and museum staff, etc.
  • provision of extended services and community use of facilities for services that take place out of school hours, including adult and family learning
  • engaging with the governing body and parent groups by means of meeting, informal events, etc.
  • staff are actively recruited to reflect student community backgrounds
  • local police partnerships
  • volunteers recruited from local workplaces and organisations to support and enrich the curriculum e.g. Slaughter and May Law Firm, Hogan Lovells and many local businesses
  • activities planned to promote enjoyment, creativity, learning, and opportunities to work together e.g. Christmas panto; projects; Carol singing in local community centre and nearby Moorfields Eye Hospital
  • a wide range of visits to places to enrich the curriculum e.g. Barbican; British Museum, Museum of London, Science Museum