At Hebden Green we recognise that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally (SMSC), plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides pupils with opportunities to explore and develop their own:
- values and beliefs
- spiritual awareness
- personal behaviour
- a positive, caring attitude towards other people
- an understanding (where possible) of their social and cultural traditions
- an appreciation of the diversity and richness of their cultures (where possible)
SMSC plays a significant part in learning and achievement. All curriculum areas have a contribution to make to the child’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Christian values, principles and spirituality will be explored in the curriculum, especially in RE and Collective Worship. The integrity and spirituality of other faith backgrounds will also be explored and respected. The diversity of spiritual traditions will be recognised, and pupils will be given access to alternative views.
All adults will model and promote positive behaviour and values, treating all people as worthwhile individuals and showing respect for pupils and their families. Pupils should learn to differentiate between right and wrong (where possible) in as far as their actions affect other people. They will be encouraged to value themselves and others.
Pupils (where possible) should understand the need for rules and the need to abide by rules for the good of everyone. School and classroom rules will reflect, reiterate, promote and reward positive behaviour and provide opportunities to celebrate the work of pupils and their achievements.
All curriculum areas will use illustrations and examples drawn from as wide a range of cultural contexts as possible.
AIMS OF SMSC
- To ensure that everyone connected with the school is aware of our values and principles.
- To ensure a consistent approach to the delivery of SMSC issues through the curriculum and the general life of the school.
- To ensure that a pupil’s education is set within the context that is meaningful and appropriate to their age, aptitude and background.
- To ensure that pupils know what is expected of them and why.
- To allow each pupil access to a range of opportunities to reflect upon and discuss their beliefs, feelings and responses to personal experience (where possible).
- To enable pupils to develop an understanding of their individual and group identity.
- To enable pupils to begin to develop an understanding of their social and cultural environment and an appreciation of the many cultures that now enrich our society.
- To give each pupil the opportunity to explore social and moral issues and develop a sense of social and moral responsibility.
- To ensure the school meets the legal requirements for a daily act of collective worship which is broadly Christian in character.