Social, Moral, Spiritual, Cultural (SMSC) Policy

At Parklands High School our mission statement ‘Learn, Respect Aspire, Achieve’ 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 pupils are ‘rounded and grounded’. We recognise that the development of pupils, 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 children with opportunities to explore and develop their own values, whilst recognising that those 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 pupils 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 pupils and their families and stakeholders. Children 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.

Children 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.

During the academic year, a thought is shared with the school community every week and each form group has an allocated day on which to discuss this thought and make comment. If you take the time (and we hope you do), to review our thoughts over the last few weeks you will apprciate that some are deeply philosphical, some are whimsical and some contain important news items of the time. All are meant to provoke a response and, we hope, ask you to think (at least for a moment).

Departmental SMSC Provision Statements

School Assemblies

British Values

British Citizenship Audit

General aims

We aim to ensure:

All curriculum areas provide opportunities to:

All curriculum areas plan & provide opportunities to cultivate:

Spiritual Development

Moral Development

Cultural Development

Practical activities to develop SMSC will include:

Links with the wider community

Monitoring and evaluation

Provision for SMSC is monitored and reviewed on a regular basis. This achieved by: