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Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) education
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) education is at the ‘heart’ of both Personal Development and the academy as a whole.
We are committed to providing opportunities for:
- Spiritual development by enabling reflection (religious or otherwise); promoting respect for different faiths, feelings and values; developing a sense of enjoyment and fascination; and encouraging the use of imagination and creativity
- Moral development by enabling learners’ ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong; their awareness of legal boundaries; and understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions
- Social development by facilitating the use of a range of social skills in different contexts; learners’ willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings; and acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values
- Cultural development by developing leaners’ understanding and appreciation of a range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others; their ability to recognise and value the things we share in common across communities; knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system; and interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity.
There are three strands to the implementation of SMSC at Belle Vue Girls’ Academy:
- The six themes of the Personal Development programme, including their coverage in tutor time sessions, assemblies, Character Education, the promotion of Fundamental British Values and Enrichment
- Delivery across subject areas
- The academy’s Behaviour and Welfare policy, which sets out explicit behaviour expectations in terms of the Code of Conduct and Attitude to Learning thus ensuring a positive and co-operative learning environment.
Students experience three tutor sessions, delivered by their form tutor, which are devoted to Personal Development and Votes for Schools. SMSC content is a key element within these tutor periods. The Personal Development sessions enable students to recognise legal boundaries and to demonstrate the skills that allow them to contribute positively to British society through coverage of topics such as equality, legal boundaries and rights and responsibilities.
The Personal Development sessions also enable students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the parliamentary system and diversity within British society. It is supported by assemblies for all year groups which focus upon SMSC themes through topics such as Remembrance, Holocaust Memorial Day and Anti-Bullying Week.
SMSC development also takes place across subject areas. In particular, Religious Studies contributes significantly to spiritual and moral development, whilst cultural development is particularly vibrant within Art, Music and Drama. Nonetheless, all subjects across the academy play vital roles in the delivery of SMSC.
Furthermore, enrichment opportunities are open to students which enable them to further consolidate their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Our student leadership programme provides opportunities to participate widely within the academy community which is facilitated by a structure including Year Captains and Form Captains as well as Subject Ambassadors. All students are considered to be leaders and leadership capacity is shown when demonstrating key characteristics as per the Character Education programme.
SMSC education across the academy is benchmarked, evaluated and the overall quality assured by the Assistant Headteacher (Personal Development). Personal Development and Faculty QA procedures include the monitoring of SMSC.