Spiritual: Exploring beliefs and experiences, respecting values, discover yourself and the surrounding world and your place within it, using imagination and creativity and being able to reflect as an individual.
Moral: Recognising right and wrong, understanding choices and consequences, investigating moral and ethical issues and being able to offer a reasoned viewpoint.
Social: Using social skills appropriately in different contexts and understanding how different groups and communities function, being tolerant of others.
Cultural: Understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, participating in cultural opportunities and understand and appreciate cultural influences.
Our SMSC focus for this term is Individual Liberty and over the last few weeks we have been exploring the Holocaust and reflecting on its continued significance in our lives today. In preparation for Holocaust Memorial Day on the 27th January, students have been looking at the lives of those affected by the Holocaust and the legacy it still leaves for society today. This will culminate in some incredible opportunities, including the opportunity for all students to meet with and talk to a Holocaust survivor. A number of Year 9 students will be visiting the Holocaust Memorial Centre, whilst Year 8 students will be given the opportunity to visit the Holocaust display in the Jewish Museum in Manchester. Assemblies and form reflections will endeavour to drive home the importance of justice, freedom and liberty and to explore how within our own lives, and within society as a whole, we can work towards eradicating discrimination, prejudice and racism.
In our changing world and local communities, it is also important to promote fundamental British values as part of SMSC and this includes celebrating our strong vision and ethos, encouraging and supporting students to develop effective relationships, providing a broad and balanced curriculum whilst offering activities beyond the classroom.
All of our students are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance. We also promote the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance. By actively promoting these values we challenge anyone in our school community whose opinions or behaviours undermine these core beliefs.
Students are also expected to embrace and contribute to The GORSE Academies Trust’s theme entitled: ‘Celebrating and Embracing Difference’.
How do we promote SMSC development in our students?
Our SMSC audit will map where our students experience these influences in our school, in addition to this we have other SMSC activities that further promote fundamental British values:
- Developing not only knowledge but self-esteem and confidence
- Understanding right from wrong
- Working within and with our local community
- Through our vision and ethos students’ understanding that they have three rights and three responsibilities in this school;
1) The right to learn
2) The right to be safe
3) The right to respect
1) The responsibility to let others learn
2) The responsibility to ensure others are safe
3) The responsibility to respect others
- Encourage respect for democracy, not only through lessons but by holding democratic elections for School Council members
As a result of this work, we expect from our students:
- An understanding of how they as citizens, in our school and in their local community, can bring about influence through a democratic process
- An understanding regarding the rule of law and how it aims to protect individuals and the need for it to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all
- An understanding of the freedom of choice, particularly related to choice regarding faith and beliefs, and how these choices are protected in law
- An acceptance of others who hold differing beliefs, faiths and opinions and that tolerance is required and how discriminatory or prejudicial behaviour is against the values and ethos of this school but also is against the law
- An understanding of the importance of identifying discriminatory behaviours and actions and also understanding that action needs to be taken to combat such behaviours