SMSC & British Values
To view our latest SMSC Policy, click here.
To view our SMSC Map for 2016/17, click here.
What is SMSC?
SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural. All schools must show how well their pupils develop SMSC.
Where do curriculum subjects fit in?
We have embedded PSHE and Citizenship into our SE lessons and Form Time programme. Our students also take part in a good range of artistic, cultural, sporting, dramatic, musical and other enrichment activities that promote SMSC. This said, where appropriate, SMSC should be incorporated into all aspects of the curriculum. This can be done by:
- Providing students with the opportunity to work independently and show they can be resilient, self-reliant learners;
- Providing students with the opportunity to “take risks”;
- Providing students with the opportunity to develop team work (including partner activity) and leadership skills. Explicitly reminding students to be “respectful” when conducting these etc.;
- Providing the opportunity for students to reflect and develop thinking skills;
- Encouraging students to display consideration, cooperation, courtesy and respect to their peers and others.
- Providing students with the opportunity to be creative and develop a fascination for the subject/topic.
Examples of this might be:
- English – Reflecting on the actions of a character. How might they react?
- Maths – Solving problems individually and in groups. Using data with moral implications e.g. crime statistics to encourage discussion.
- Science – Considering behaving morally i.e. our impact on pollution etc. Healthy eating and considering the kind of person we wish to be.
- Humanities – Reflecting on what they would do i.e. being called up to fight for their country.
- Arts – Exposing students to a range of cultural experiences and developing skills to appreciate them. Providing opportunities for creativity.
- MFL – Introducing students to another culture and considering similarities and differences.
- PE – Developing leadership and other team roles. Ensuring pupils are “good sports”! Encouraging students to push themselves and do something they could not do before!
- DT – Food can be linked to other cultures e.g. Bread. Activities can be collaborative especially in practical settings.