Case Studies

Case Studies

St Stephens Primary School


Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development



What we do


Ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values.

We encourage this throughout the curriculum and through assemblies, circle time, visits and visitors. We encourage pupils to express themselves through all curriculum areas and encourage creativity.

We have examples of pupils expressing their beliefs and feelings through art related to RE studies, through writing across the curriculum, through pupil voice and through school council. Also in expressive dance and drama.

Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them.

We promote this through our planning and delivery across the curriculum. The theme chosen reflect the world we live in and teachers plan to ensure enjoyment and fascination with the world.

St Stephens pupils show enjoyment and fascination in their learning. They are proud of what they are learning and ask questions which we try to answer. There are many examples of pupils enhancing their learning through high quality work at home.

Use of imagination and creativity in their learning.

This is expected in all subject planning and delivery. The team planning and carefully crafted themes lend themselves to this.

The school has an active blog club and a creative film group running. Pupils are being encouraged to use imagination and creativity through BLP.

Willingness to reflect on their experiences.

 This is encouraged in all learning situations and opportunities are given for reflection at the end of lessons, during assemblies and circle time.

Pupils from Reception to Year 6 are able to reflect on their experiences and in particular use the school’s BLP aspects of learning to describe their reflections.



What we do 


Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, readily apply this understanding in their own lives and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England

We provide a safe school environment in which pupils can develop an understanding of right and wrong. We use our PSHE/SMSC curriculum, classroom behaviour expectations and school council to enhance this. We have a very active School Council.

General behaviour throughout the school is good and older pupils have a growing awareness of civil issues. We have numerous visits from the police, health service, firemen, lifeguards etc who all add to the pupils’ understanding of civic responsibility. We take part in community events such as remembrance day and Saltash May fair.

Understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions.

School behaviour policies ensure that pupils are able to face up to the consequences of their actions

There is a very low repetition of poor behaviour showing that our pupils genuinely do learn from their mistakes.

Interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, and being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.

Within the curriculum there are numerous opportunities for pupils to give reasoned views about moral and ethical issues. Pupils have planned numerous special whole school awareness days to raise awareness of serious ethical issues. This included raising money for a local food bank and sponsoring a child abroad.

If pupils wish to raise ethical issues and hold whole school events then they have to persuade the School Council and the school governors. They are beginning to have an awareness of their role in the world.

Pupils have raised money for supporting a child abroad and local charities.



What we do


Use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.

We have connected with schools in France and are working through a parent to make contacts in Africa. Our major drama productions always engage the pupils in ethical issues.

Our pupils have a good general awareness of children in other contexts. We are covering key issues such as the international rights of children through assemblies and class discussions.

Willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively.

The school provides great opportunities for community service and working to make the town more attractive including planting a memorial garden and Help for Heroes parades. We coverand safer (e-safety and cycle safety).

There are numerous examples of our pupils playing a full role in the life of the community. Examples include: contributing to numerous charities, the food bank, shoebox appeal, visiting the elderly etc.

Acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; the pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

The School Council involves pupils from Years 1 to Year 6. The Council is designed to introduce democracy to the pupils and they can see that if they argue effectively then they can persuade governors and staff to change major aspects of how the school operates. Tolerance of other attitudes forms a major part of our Learning 2 Learn programme delivered through BLP. We elect school house captains using a parliamentary model.

Pupils in all classes can describe how their understanding of BLP helps them enables them to listen effectively to the views of others and how this is essential in good team work. They can participate in circle time and listen to the views of others


Ofsted What we do Impact

Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others.

The school offers numerous opportunities for pupils to develop an understanding of their heritage, particularly their local and Cornish heritage. We use local landmarks and features to support thematic learning. High quality pupil outcomes provide evidence of this.

Understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain.

The school ensures that our resources (text books, toys, dolls etc) reflect multi-cultural Britain. We have multi-cultural pupils and parents participate in our PTA that actively engage with pupils. We have growing links with other agencies that promote cultural understanding.

Knowledge of Britain's democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain.

We provide opportunities for our older pupils to develop an understanding of the parliamentary system. The local M.P. has had lunch with our School Council. We have visited the Houses of Parliament on occasions including last year when we won a competition to design and create a flag for Cornwall. These visits included in depth tours led by M.P.’s and our M.P has visited us.

Willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities.

The school has a rich sporting, drama and dance heritage. We take part in many Cornish festivals. The high quality outcomes seen in our productions and County Championship sports teams over the years are evidence of this.
Interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity, and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

The RE and PSHE curriculum offers numerous opportunities for the pupils to develop and understanding and respect for different faiths.