Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural
At Upton Cross, we believe in building a community of caring, compassionate, respectful and highly motivated children who will grow up into strong members of society.
Our school curriculum is planned to support this, and enriched with a wealth of opportunities for pupils to learn and play together, to take part in a wide variety of cultural activities, and to mix with people of other ages, cultures and faiths in order to develop understanding and interest in the world.
We aim to give our children the very best, and to ensure this we consider others’ views of what the very best is.
The OFSTED handbook identifies outstanding provision for SMSC in these terms;
‘The school’s curriculum: provides highly positive, memorable experiences and rich opportunities for high quality learning; has a very positive impact on all pupils’ behaviour and safety; and contributes very well to pupils’ achievement and to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
The school’s thoughtful and wide ranging promotion of the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development enables them to thrive in a supportive, highly cohesive learning community. Consequently, pupils and groups of pupils have excellent experiences at school, ensuring that they are very well equipped for the next stage of their education, training or employment.’
SMSC is defined in these ways:
Spiritual – belief, kindness, awe and wonder, reflection
The spiritual development of pupils is shown by their:
Spiritual development is the development of the non-material element of a human being which animates and sustains us and, depending on our point of view; either ends or continues in some form when we die. It is about the development of a sense of identity, self-worth, personal insight, meaning and purpose. It is about the development of a pupil’s “spirit”. Some people may call it the development of a pupil’s “soul”; others as the development of “personality” or “character”
Moral – lesson learned, environment, eco team, nature, peace, world help, rights and responsibilities
The moral development of pupils is shown by their:
Moral development is about the building, by pupils, of a framework of moral values which regulates their personal behaviour. It is also about the development of pupils’ understanding of society’s shared and agreed values. It is about understanding that there are issues where there is disagreement and it is also about understanding that society’s values change. Moral development is about gaining an understanding of the range of views and the reasons for the range. It is also about developing an opinion about the different views.
Social – community, people around you, discussion, how to get on, citizenship, friendship skills, keeping safe
The social development of pupils is shown by their:
Social development is about young people working effectively with each other and participating successfully in the community as a whole. It is about the development of the skills and personal qualities necessary for living and working together. It is about functioning effectively in a multi-racial, multi-cultural society. It involves growth in knowledge and understanding of society in all its aspects. This includes understanding people as well as understanding society’s institutions, structures and characteristics, economic and political principles and organisations, roles and responsibilities and life as a citizen, parent and worker in the community. It also involves the development of the interpersonal skills necessary for successful relationships.
Cultural – people around the world, environment, different countries, faiths/religions
The cultural development of pupils is shown by their:
Cultural development is about pupils’ understanding their own culture and other cultures in their town, region and in the country as a whole. It is about understanding cultures represented in Europe and elsewhere in the world. It is about understanding and feeling comfortable in a variety of cultures and being able to operate in the emerging world culture of shared experiences provided by television, travel and the internet. It is about understanding that cultures are always changing and coping with change. Promoting pupils’ cultural development is ultimately linked with schools’ attempts to value cultural diversity and prevent racism.
At Upton Cross, SMSC is sometimes taught discretely, and sometimes through other subjects. It is interwoven with the drive to promote positive relationships with all people, to ensure that extremism and radicalization is addressed early, and to engage with,
‘The fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; identified by the Government as British Values.’ OFSTED Handbook
We hope that our pupils will grow into confident, responsible, respectful and active members of society who are able to take their place in the world and go on to great and exciting things.
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