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    What is S.M.S.C.?

    SMSC, or Spiritual, Moral, Social, and Cultural Education, includes developing students':

    • ability to be reflective about their own beliefs (religious or otherwise) and perspectives on life
    • knowledge of, and respect for, different people's faiths, feelings and values
    • sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
    • use of imagination and creativity in their learning
    • and willingness to reflect on their experiences.

     

    SMSC permeates all aspects of the formal curriculum, subjects taught, guidance, personal development; and the wider curriculum, careers, assemblies, visits, clubs, extra-curricular activities, and thought for the day.

    Read our Curriculum Map for SMSC PSHE & Careers, here.

    SMSC CURRICULUM INTENT

    It is our intention to provide opportunities for Spiritual Development. Students are encouraged to:

    • explore beliefs and experience
    • respect faiths, feelings and values
    • enjoy learning about themselves, others and the surrounding world
    • use their imagination and creativity
    • reflect on their own learning and development
    To provide opportunities for Moral Development, so that students are able to:
    • recognise right and wrong
    • respect the role and purpose of the law
    • understand that actions have consequences
    • investigate moral and ethical issues regularly
    • appreciate the need to offer reasoned views, particularly on sensitive issues
    To enable development, socially, with students encouraged to:
    • use a range of social skills, treating each other with consideration and respect
    • understand the kind of people that the school wants them to become
    • participate in the local community in a variety of ways
    • appreciate diverse viewpoints and develop resilience and confidence
    • participate, volunteer and cooperate with a wide variety of members of society
    • confidently put forward their views and resolve conflict
    • see the value of commitment
    • engage with the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance
    • understand what equality is and recognise the protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation
    • to ensure they understand what culture is, and:
    • appreciate the role and variety of cultural influences that exist
    • know about the role of Britain's parliamentary system
    • participate in cultural opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity

    PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

    It is also our intention that students will:

    • understand how to manage their studies, review their performance and make the most of their abilities
    • know how to keep their mind and body healthy and safe and deal with challenges
    • understand what good financial management is
    • know how to keep themselves safe on-line and what to do if they have any concerns about any on-line activities
    • know what bullying is and how to get help if they feel they are being bullied
    • understand what radicalisation and abuse are, where to seek help and how and where to raise a concern about their peers

    IMPLEMENTATION OF SMSC, CAREERS PROVISION & PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

    Implementation of these aspects of the curriculum can be found in:

    • Key stage, year group and house assemblies
    • Thought for the Day
    • Awards Ceremonies
    • Guidance activities, talks, and Theatre in Education events
    • Off-timetable activities and days - for example Year 8 team building, take your daughters to work days, the real game, financial capability, post-18 choices day and World Book Day
    • Curriculum learning in subjects, especially, but not exclusively, in Art, Drama, English, RS, Sociology, Business, Geography, Languages, History, Science and Economics
    • 1:1 reviews with tutors and subject staff
    • Extra-curricular activities such as present wrapping at the hospital, harvest festival collections, charity fundraising, NCS, work experience, voluntary work, Inspire+ and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
    • School visits - German and French Exchanges. The Battlefields trip, Gurdwara visit and theatre trips.
    • Careers interviews with our independent advisor
    • Careers Week Activities
    • Student mentoring and student-run clubs and societies
    • Contact with ex-students, talks advertised via the weekly careers bulletin & and presentation evenings
    • Participation in house activities
    • In the sixth form, completion of their Independent Development Programme Record