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SMSC, RSE & British Values

At Hodge Hill College we provide a positive ethos based upon British values and our CARE brand that are shared across the school community. The culture and ethos of the school promotes respect as well as healthy and productive attitudes towards learning, life and work. Pupils are encouraged to contribute to the life and work of the school and, from the earliest stages, to exercise their responsibilities as members of a community. The focus of SMSC and RSE programmes is to empower students to stay safe and share positive British societal values.

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British Values

At Hodge Hill College we uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as: 

  • Democracy 
  • Rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect 
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs  

These values are reflected in our CARE brand and taught explicitly through the Collective Worship programme, the British Values, Global Citizen Form time programme and Religious Education curriculum.  We also teach British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced school curriculum. 



At Hodge Hill College we aim to provide an environment in which young people can develop and flourish.  RSE is fundamental part of our SMSC programme preparing students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. RSE at Hodge Hill College focuses on relationships and issues that can arise from them. In delivering RSE it is our aim for pupils to develop a healthy, safer lifestyle.

A number of discrete sessions take place during the year, in which pupils focus on RSE issues. Our RSE curriculum is in line with statutory guidance and also takes into consideration local priorities reached through agreement with the Child Protection and Pastoral team.  Some discrete RSE sessions, e.g. sex education, may be delivered in smaller single sex groups in order to provide pupils with an environment where they feel comfortable and to enable them to get the maximum benefit.


Parents have the legal right to request to have their child excused from sex education. For any child to be withdrawn a request would need to be put in writing to the Head Teacher. Parents only have the legal right to withdraw children up until three terms before the child turns 16. After that point, if the child wishes to receive sex education rather than be withdrawn, the school would make arrangements to provide the child with sex education.



At Hodge Hill College we aim to provide a community ethos that enables pupils to grow as individuals, appreciating their own worth and that of others. Across the curriculum in all subjects, staff work towards developing the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) needs of all pupils. SMSC education develops pupils’ appreciation and understanding of different people’s feelings and values, cultural diversity and different communities.  Hodge Hill College has a caring ethos that nurtures the whole student and SMSC is a vital part of pupils’ development to ensure they become fully rounded and valued people.


Collective Worship

At Hodge Hill College we have a Collective Worship calendar that provides pupils with an opportunity to consider spiritual and moral issues and to explore their own beliefs. The aim is to develop community spirit, promote a common ethos and shared values, and reinforce positive attitudes. Each week the Collective Worship calendar has a focus that provides pupils with an opportunity for reflection and spiritual development. The focus of the week is delivered through Assemblies, ‘Thought for the day’ and the British Values, Global Citizen form time programme.


Focus for the Week

Autumn Term 2020





1st Sept

Welcome back

26th Oct

Half term

7th Sept


2nd Nov

Remembrance Sunday

14th Sept

Dedication & determination

9th Nov

Children in Need 13/11

21st Sept

International Day of Peace 21/09

16th Nov

British Values – Parliament Week 1st-7th Nov

28th Sept

European Day of Languages 26/09

23rd Nov

Elimination of violence against women 25/11

5th Oct

Black History Month

30th Nov

Value of resilience

12th Oct

International Day to Eradicate Poverty 17/10

7th Dec

Human Rights Day 10/12

19th Oct

Anti-slavery Day 18/10

14th Dec

Celebration of achievement

Spring Term 2021





4th Jan

British values & current affairs

22nd Feb

British values & current affairs

11th Jan

World Religion Day 17/01

1st March

World Book Day 04/03

18th Jan

Holocaust Memorial Day 27/01

8th March

International Women’s Day 08/03

25th Jan

CARE – Courtesy

15th March

Mothering Sunday 14/03

1st Feb

LGBT History Month

22nd March

Comic Relief

8th Feb

International stand up to bulling day 26/02

29th March

CARE British Values - Respect

Summer Term 2021





19th April

British values & current affairs

7th June

British values & current affairs

26th April

CARE - Empathy

14th June

My Money Week

3rd May

British Values – Democracy (Midlands Mayoral Election)

21st June

Refugee Awareness 20/06

10th May

Mindfulness & mental health

28th June

British Values - Tolerance

17th May


5th July

CARE – importance of helping other

24th May

CARE for the environment


UNICEF Day of Change

31st May

Half term

19th July