Prepare for Ofsted

Whether you are due another Ofsted inspection, or are subject to an unannounced visit, you need to be prepared. Celebrating British values has been much talked about in relation to Ofsted, and here is everything you need to know in order to make your visit outstanding.

How to prepare for your Ofsted visit.

In November 2014, The Department for Education placed an onus on schools to promote British values. They also produced a set of guidelines for SMSC development, which supports the teaching of British values in the classroom. Today, schools will struggle to get an ‘outstanding’ or even ‘good’ rating if they fail to demonstrate a focus on SMSC development. 

What is SMSC? 

SMSC literally stands for spiritualmoralsocial and cultural development: 

  • Spiritual – a respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values
  • Moral – an ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong
  • Social – an engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy and the rule of law
  • Cultural - an understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences

How do I promote British values within the classroom? 

British values can be taught in three key areas. 


  • Discuss how beliefs and values inform decisions and actions 
  • Promote religious tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions
  • Encourage the expression of identity
  • Endorse respectful attitudes towards different faiths and towards cultural diversity as a whole including different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities

Politics & Government 

  • Demonstrate how democracy works by actively promoting democratic processes in the classroom, such as a school council whose members are voted for by the pupils.
  • Show keen awareness and understanding of democracy, government and law
  • Enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • 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


  • Hold discussions that challenge gender stereotypes
  • Discuss ways to contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely
  • Develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow children to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain
  • Exploring human rights by learning the difference between right and wrong and the consequences of behaviour 

What will Ofsted be looking for?

Here are 10 ways in which you can increase your marks with Ofsted

  • Have visual displays that demonstrate British values 
  • Display a topic station on British values
  • Hold an assembly on what it means to be British
  • Supply books and resources that specifically relate to British values
  • Involve children in their wider community
  • Actively promote the fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law and individual liberty 
  • Encourage respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
  • Encourage pupils to take their place in society as responsible citizens
  • Be a good role model. Children need to see and hear adults respecting other cultures, religions and values. This will have a significant, positive impact upon their own behaviour and overall development

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