At Conisborough College our mission statement ‘Your school, your time, your future’ exemplifies our attitude and approach to the importance of the development of all aspects of SMSC. We champion and firmly believe in a holistic education, experience and curriculum that ensures that our student are ’rounded and grounded’.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Curriculum
At Conisborough College our mission statement ‘Aspire, Believe, Succeed’ exemplifies our attitude and approach to the importance of the development of all aspects of SMSC. We champion and firmly believe in a holistic education, experience and curriculum that ensures that our student are ’rounded and grounded’.
We recognise that the development of student, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant part not only in their ability to learn and achieve but in their ability to relate fully to and have the ability to access the world they live in. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides students with opportunities to explore and develop their own values, whilst recognising that the values of others may differ.
Beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour including a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures are all critical skills and dispositions that we nurture, encourage and develop through our subject and wider curriculum.
All curriculum areas have a contribution to a child’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and opportunities for this will be planned in each area of the curriculum.
Belief values, principles and spirituality will be explored across the curriculum. The integrity and spirituality of faith backgrounds will be respected and explored. The diversity of spiritual traditions will be recognised, and students will be given access to alternative views.
All adults will model and promote socially responsible behaviour, treating all people as valuable individuals and showing respect for student and their families and stakeholders. Young people should learn to differentiate between right and wrong in as far as their actions affect other people. They will be encouraged to value themselves and others.
Young people should understand their rights and accept their responsibilities and the need to respect the rights of others. School and classroom charters should promote responsible behaviour. All curriculum areas should seek to use illustrations and examples drawn from as wide a range of cultural contexts as possible. This will be reflected in the teacher’s planning and learning resources.
Underpinning our SMSC policy are core values of tolerance, social justice, democracy, social enterprise, leadership and celebrating difference. A strength of education at Conisborough College is making a contribution to the school and local community and by doing so we develop a firm range of skills applicable to the world of work.
We work closely with community leaders, local services, businesses and schools locally and internationally to ensure our provision and opportunity is of the highest order.
Promoting Fundamental British Values
Students at Conisborough College come from all over the world and we aim to instil the British values outlined by the government in all students, so that they all understand what the people of our society see as being important and what we feel is right and wrong.
At Conisborough College, we actively promote a culture of mutual respect and tolerance, democracy, the rule of law, equal opportunities and freedom. British values permeate throughout the school curriculum and support the development of the whole child.
Consiborough College follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status or similar.
Conisborough College is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its students.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Students learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of school, whether staff or students, should be treated respectfully.
Many languages are spoken at Conisborough College, which reflects how multicultural we are. Students here experience diversity on a day to day basis. Through assemblies, RE, PSHE and Citizenship and many other subject areas we deal with issues such as prejudice, discrimination, racism, sexism and bullying.
We agree with and uphold Department for Education’s five British Values:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
We aim to ensure:
- That everyone connected with the school is aware of our values and principles.
- A consistent approach to the delivery of SMSC issues through the curriculum and the general life of the school.
- That a student’s education is set within the context that is meaningful and appropriate to their age, aptitude and background.
- That young people have a good understanding of their responsibilities and how to exercise them
- Through classroom activities and dialogue in the wider curriculum we will give the student opportunities to:
- Share their achievements and successes with others
- Talk about personal experiences and feelings.
- Express and clarify their own ideas and beliefs.
- Speak about difficult events, e.g. bullying, death etc.
- Explore relationships with friends/family/others.
- Consider the needs and behaviour of others.
- Show empathy.
- Develop self-esteem and a respect for others.
- Develop a sense of belonging.
- Develop the skills and attitudes that enable student to develop socially, morally, spiritually and culturally e.g. empathy, respect, open-mindedness, sensitivity, critical awareness etc.
All curriculum areas provide opportunities to:
- Listen and talk to each other.
- Develop an awareness of treating all as equals, accepting people who are different because of physical and learning difficulties
- Agree and disagree.
- Experience good role models.
- Take turns and share ideas, equipment and peers the opportunity to contribute
- Work co-operatively and collaboratively.
All curriculum areas plan & provide opportunities to cultivate:
- Spiritual Development
- Sustain their self-esteem in their learning experience.
- Develop their capacity for critical and independent thought.
- Foster their emotional life and express their feelings.
- Experience moments of stillness and reflection.
- Discuss their beliefs, feelings, values and responses to personal experiences.
- Form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships.
- Reflect on, consider and celebrate the wonders and mysteries of life.
- Recognise the unique value of each individual.
- Listen and respond appropriately to the views of others.
- Gain the confidence to cope with setbacks and learn from mistakes.
- Take initiative and act responsibly with consideration for others.
- Distinguish between right and wrong.
- Show respect for the environment.
- Make informed and independent judgements.
- Take action for justice.
- Develop an understanding of their individual and group identity.
- Helping others in the school and wider community.
- Recognise the value and richness of cultural diversity in Britain.
- Develop an understanding of the UK’s local, national, European, Commonwealth and global dimensions.
Practical activities to develop SMSC will include:
- Working together in different groupings and situations.
- Encouraging the student to behave appropriately at meal times.
- Taking responsibility e.g. class monitors, door monitors, register monitors, assembly monitors, cloakroom monitors, delivering messages and looking after younger student.
- Encouraging teamwork in all group activities.
- Showing appreciation of the performances of other student regardless of ability.
- Meeting people from different cultures and countries.
- Participation in a variety of different educational visits.
- Participation in live performances.
- Use of assembly themes to explore important aspects of heritage and diverse cultures.
- Studying the ‘Arts’ from different cultures supported by visits from writers and artists and participating in workshops.
- Opportunities for students to hear and see live performances by professional actors, dancers and musicians.
- Opportunities to make and evaluate food from other countries.
- Studying the contributions to society that certain famous, historical and influential people have made.
Links with the wider community
- Visitors are welcomed into our school.
- The school will support the work of a variety of charities.
- The development of strong home-school communication routes is regarded as very important, enabling parents and teachers to work in an effective partnership to support the student.
- Students will be taught to appreciate and take responsibility for their local environment.
Monitoring and evaluation
Provision for SMSC is monitored and reviewed on a regular basis. This is achieved by:
- Monitoring of teaching and learning and work scrutiny by CLs / SLT / head teacher/ governors.
- Regular discussions at staff and governors’ meetings.
- Audit of policies and units of study including the school’s approach to collective reflection.
- We firmly believe that the effective provision and delivery of a curriculum that serves to accomplish all the aforementioned aspects of SMSC development will purposefully ensure our student develop the skills they need to achieve success and fulfilment in life.
SMSC Statements by Subject