We explored the meanings of the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural values in the context of Barnwell School and arrived at the following working definitions, whilst accepting that no definition is absolute.
SMSC is a dimension of the whole school experience which makes the curriculum relevant, stimulating, creative and fun. It enriches each subject and the ethos of the whole school by encouraging us all to explore, in an appropriate way.
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, soul, personality or character.
The spiritual development of students’ is shown by their:
Enabling pupils to build a framework of moral values, aligned with the law of the land, which regulates their personal behaviour. It is also 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.
The moral development of students is shown by their:
Young people working effectively with each other and the development of the inter-personal skills necessary for successful relationships. It is about functioning effectively in a multi-racial, multi-cultural society and making a positive contribution to the school community and wider society.
The social development of students is shown by their:
Helping pupils to develop an understanding of their own culture and other cultures in their town, region and in the country as a whole. Promoting pupils’ cultural development is intimately linked with schools’ attempts to value cultural diversity and prevent racism.
The cultural development of pupils is shown by their:
SMSC in the curriculum is a way of making the curriculum relevant to the experiences, past, present and future of the students. It provides depth and integrity to what we do and humanises the curriculum. All subjects can and should contribute to this and identify in plans where this will be done and possible areas where they may arise naturally. Because we have a shared understanding of SMSC, teachers are better able to identify both planned and spontaneous opportunities across the whole curriculum.
As well as the curriculum opportunities for SMSC development we have a plethora of other avenues that all explore the SMSC strands. Pastoral curriculums which are worked through in form time focus on different areas and are further developed in related weekly college and Year group assemblies.
Whole-school promotion of SMSC
The promotion of students' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development provides the why (as opposed to the ‘what’ and ‘how’) of education. It is an essential ingredient of school success and every adult in school has a major role to play in promoting this. Values are communicated both implicitly and explicitly. The way we respond to students, the relationships we build with them, the examples we set, all express the values we live by and can be shared and explored. It is expected that in all our dealings with students, we all strive to adhere to and promote theses values.
Every subject area contributes to the SMSC development of students and will highlight in medium-term planning (Schemes of Work) opportunities for SMSC. These will not be set in stone as sometimes these opportunities might not be appropriate, or other opportunities might arise. SMSC is organic and grows through our responses to the opportunities provided by our subjects, our interests and above all by the experiences and interests of the students. Our clear understanding of the role of SMSC in education and our commitment to promote it will be the key to our success.
Teachers will inspire students through the enthusiasm for and modelling of learning. Teachers will use creative strategies and challenging questions to engage students in their learning and relate it to their own experiences.
Personal development is enriched through a wide range of extra-curricular activities, which provide opportunities for SMSC and for inspiring students to broaden their experience and horizons. These make significant contributions to the ethos and spirit of the school. Barnwell offers a huge amount of educational opportunities outside of the classroom. There is an extensive range of local, regional, national and international trips and visits on offer. These are all very popular and allow students and staff to experience the world away from school.
We work in partnership with parents and the wider community to make sure that we give our students the best possible environment in which to grow, flourish and learn
'Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is strong' Ofsted- January 2018