Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) learning cuts across the whole school through every lesson. It helps us to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the wider world by learning about the beliefs, cultures, difficulties and needs of other people. This in turn helps everyone to develop greater consideration, care and empathy for the world around them.
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Schools are expected to focus on, and be able to show, how our work with pupils is effective in embedding fundamental British values of:
The Rule Of Law
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At the Academy students will encounter these principles throughout everyday school life.
The curriculum is mapped across the whole school. Listed below are some examples of how we promote these values in our school community:
Democracy can be seen as a state of society characterised by equality of rights and privileges. It can also refer to our nation’s electoral systems.
Pupil voice is significant in regards to life at the Academy. Our pupil elected school council plays a strong role in our school. They are elected by their class peers and are involved in making the Academy a better place to learn. Pupils have a great amount of input in regards to what and how they learn, which promotes pupil voice. For example, the pupils decide as a class how they would like to learn certain skills in subjects and this is used to inform the teacher’s planning. Opportunities are given to work in groups, participate in activities, formulate views and opinions, listen to each other and respectfully disagree where appropriate.
Pupil questionnaires and interviews are also conducted throughout the year. We know that the formation of the school council and the active participation of our pupils will sow the seeds for a more sophisticated understanding of democracy in the future. An active debating society allows students the opportunity to develop opinions and skills and challenge thinking.
The Rule of Law
All people and institutions are subject to and accountable to law that is fairly applied and enforced.
Our pupils will encounter rules and laws throughout their entire lives. We want our pupils to understand that whether these laws govern the class, the school, the neighbourhood or the country, they are set for good reasons and must be adhered to.
This understanding of the importance of rules will be consistently reinforced through assemblies and our curriculum. The involvement of our pupils in the creation of the school rules helps them to understand the reasons behind the rules and the consequences if they are broken. Through philosophical enquiry in Tutorial, Citizenship and humanities lessons, we allow opportunity to debate and discuss the reasons for laws so that children can recognise the importance of these for their own protection. Throughout the year we welcome visits from members of the wider community including police, war veterans, the fire brigade and many more. We believe that clear explanations and real life stories emphasise the importance of the rule of law for our pupils.
In Britain, as long as we do not break the law, we can live as we choose to and have our own opinions about things. Individual liberty suggests the free exercise of rights generally seen as outside Government control.
We invest a great deal of time in creating a positive culture in our school, so that children are in a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged. In lessons, learning tasks are often left for the child to decide upon. We encourage children to choose the task that will challenge them, giving them more freedom to determine their own learning. We offer a range of clubs which pupils have the freedom to choose from, based on their interests. Through our E-Safety, Tutorial and Citizenship sessions, we educate children on their rights and personal freedoms as well as supporting them in recognising how to exercise these freedoms safely. At the Academy we believe that valuing choice and freedom in daily school life will foster a value for individual liberty as the children embark upon their adult lives.
We might not always agree with other people, but we try to show respect for their thoughts and feelings. We can give respect to others and we can expect other people to show us respect. The proper regard for an individual’s dignity, which is reciprocated.
Mutual respect is at the core of our school life. Students learn to treat each other and staff with great respect. This is evident when walking around the Academy and in the classrooms. Our Academy values of Friendship, Excellence and Respect represent the importance we place on developing a clear understanding of respect, and this partnership is seen throughout the various positive relationships between students and staff.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
A fair, objective, and permissive attitude to those whose faith and beliefs may differ from one’s own
At the Academy we offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected. At the Academy we strongly believe that tolerance is gained through knowledge and understanding. Through our curriculum and the routines of our daily school life, we strive to demonstrate tolerance and help children to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens who can build a better Britain for the future. We take part in national and international days which promote respect, peace and understanding. Eg. Anti Bullying week and National Hallocaust Week. We have organised an ‘I believe’ week, inviting guests from varying religions into school to talk to students. Our assembly themes throughout the year promote the values of respect and tolerance and recognising and celebrating differences, particularly pertinent with our ASD provision within school.