Votes for Schools

Votes for Schools was created to give all young people a better knowledge of current affairs and get them voting!

What is SMSC?
SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Every school in England needs to be able to show pupil progress in SMSC. As part of the weekly vote, VotesforSchools, provides SMSC resources as a basis for informed decision-making, directly meeting the needs of children.

All Votes for Schools SMSC resources are Ofsted-compliant, as demonstrated in the guidelines of 2015.

What are British Values?
According to Ofsted, fundamental British values are:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

Using VotesforSchools as a resource for Tutor Time or in a 45 minute lesson, makes for consistent, quality delivery of British values, week in, week out.

What is Prevent?
The Prevent agenda, involves safeguarding vulnerable young people from radicalisation. VotesforSchools encourages students to voice different views, demonstrating that opinions are different to facts and should be supported with an informed evidence base.

A VoteDiary encourages students to develop skills such as tolerance, understanding and empathy.

Curriculum Map
VotesforSchools provides weekly curriculum content for teachers to deliver SMSC (including British values), Prevent and Pupil Voice. It also supports PSHE and Citizenship
Every lesson hits SMSC, Prevent and British values criteria and can be evidenced against the curriculum.

Click here to view Curriculum Guide.


Teachers are given curriculum maps each week which clearly show which curriculum requirements are being met.

See below for topics and results of voting:

  Date   Topic   Home Information    Sheet   KSS Results The following curriculum areas were met in this Vote Topic 
20/09/2021 Should the UK do more for Afghanistan? Click here TBC Click here
13/09/2021 Will climate change affect children's rights? Click here Yes 73% No 27% Click here
06/09/2021 Should exams go ahead in 2022? Click here Yes 20% No 80% Click here