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SMSC - (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education)

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education is crucial to the development of our students. It is achieved through a strong school ethos, supported by effective relationships throughout the school.

SMSC allows students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence enabling them to contribute positively to society while at school but also preparing them for life beyond school.

Spiritual development will allow students to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise and respect different faiths, feelings and values to their own.

Moral development will allow students to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to gain knowledge of legal boundaries. They will understand the consequence of their behaviour and actions and learn to take responsibility for these. Moral development education will encourage students to offer reasoned viewpoint on ethical issues and appreciate that others may have different viewpoints.

Social development is shown by a pupil’s ability to work with a range of students perhaps from different ethnic or socio- economic backgrounds. Students will be encouraged to take part in volunteer activities and participate in a range of social settings. Social development also demonstrates engagement with fundamental British values such as democracy, mutual tolerance and respect for others.

Cultural development will allow students to understand and appreciate the range of cultural influences that have shaped their own life and the lives of others. It is demonstrated by a students’ willingness to participate in music, sport, drama, dance and other cultural activities. Cultural development helps students to accept and celebrate diversity among both the school population and within wider society.