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“PSHE in primary school is about making sure children and young people have the skills they need to grow up as healthy individuals who can make informed decisions about their lives.” Anne Longfield

“P4C are my favourite lessons at Ambler. There is no right or wrong answer so everyone ​can have their own opinion.” Ambler pupil

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) at Ambler



We have a broad and balanced curriculum which provides opportunities for effective SMSC development.

SMSC is promoted throughout the wider curriculum (please see curriculum maps for full breakdown), in PSHE, Philosophy for Children lessons, regular assemblies, lessons and school activities such as fundraising, celebrations of special festivals and events in the global calendar and links with the wider community. Children are also given the opportunity to prepare well for life in modern Britain through attending a wide range of school trips.

PSHE (Personal, Social, Heath and Economic Education)

At Ambler we use the Islington Agreed Syllabus: You, Me and PSHE. Topics included are:

  • Careers
  • Drug, alcohol and tobacco education
  • Financial capability and economic wellbeing
  • Identity, society and equality
  • Keeping safe and managing risk
  • Mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Physical health and wellbeing
  • Sex and relationship education

PSHE learning comes in many different forms: through whole-class teaching, group activities, individual tasks, assemblies, outside speakers, cross-curricular lessons and discrete lessons. During PSHE sessions children are encouraged to both ask and answer questions, to deepen their knowledge and understanding. A great deal of time is spent considering scenarios and possible responses to them.

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

RSE throughout school life aims to give children and young people essential skills for building positive, enjoyable, respectful and non-exploitive relationships and staying safe both on and offline. It enables pupils to explore their own and others’ attitudes and values and aims to help build their self-esteem and confidence.

At Ambler, children in years 2, 5 and 6 are taught age-appropriate RSE lessons. We work hard at Ambler to work with parents and our community to ensure you are well informed and aware of the RSE lessons your child will be taught. We will always hold parent workshops to show you resources and go through the lessons before the units are taught.

Our RSE policy is currently being reviewed to reflect the changes in guidance from the Department for Education. If you have any questions or comments about the content of RSE lessons, please contact Miss Sutherland (SMSC Lead) or Ms. Benis.

Philosophy for Children (P4C)

Philosophy for Children is an approach to teaching and learning that puts philosophical enquiry at the heart of the lesson. Rather than the teacher asking a question, in a typical P4C enquiry, children are given a “stimulus” such as a story or picture book, and create their own questions in response.

At Ambler, P4C lessons are embedded with our curriculum. They seek out philosophical questions, ones that involve important ideas about which people can have different views, and then vote for the one they think will lead to the most fruitful discussion.

Once the question is chosen, a discussion begins in which the pupils sit in a circle and pass the opportunity to speak between themselves. Pupils hold each other accountable for good reasoning, agreeing and disagreeing with each other without being disagreeable.

The teacher acts as facilitator to keep the discussion focused and push for greater depth of thinking; but while a typical classroom discussion is a series of questions and answers mediated by a teacher who is already an authority on the subject, in P4C the participants have to create their own map to search for answers that they find plausible and well supported.

British Values


Democracy is embedded at the school.  Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard.  When there is a national vote such as a general election, we hold our own school election. The children get their own ballot paper and vote in the same they will when they are adults.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout our school day, through our school assemblies and also when dealing with behaviour in school. At Ambler we have our Golden Rules that are embedded into our everyday life to reinforce this value.

Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.  As a school we educate and provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education.

Mutual Respect

Respecting each other is at the core of Ambler. Staff and pupils have relationships based on mutual respect and this is driven through our positive behaviour policy.

Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs

Ambler is made up of different communities and that is what makes us such a wonderful school. We ensure tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs.  Ambler pupils understanding of different faiths and beliefs is taught through religious education studies; PSHE work; welcoming visitors from other schools and enjoying a depth of study during themed weeks.

RE (Religious Education) at Ambler

For how we deliver RE at Ambler, please read the below document entitled: RE Curriculum



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