What is SMSC?
At Carter Community School we are dedicated to developing the whole student. We firmly believe in a holistic education, experience and curriculum that ensures that our students grow into responsible and positive members of the community. We believe that the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development of our students is a central part of our purpose, along with ensuring excellent standards in the classroom. 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. SMSC development is also closely linked to our United Learning core values of ambition, confidence, creativity, respect, enthusiasm and determination which underpin the ethos of our school.
Explore beliefs and experience; respect values; discover oneself and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
Recognise right and wrong; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
Use social skills in different contexts; work well with others; resolve conflicts; understand how communities work.
Appreciate cultural influences; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
Our mission at Carter is to make sure SMSC is developed through a whole school approach, through the taught curriculum, the pastoral and assembly programme and through trips, visits and the extra-curricular programme. We will ensure sure that students are clear that SMSC is not just something that is ‘taught’ but also something that is ‘caught’ through their active membership in the school community.
How do we develop SMSC in our students?
Practical examples of how students develop their SMSC at Carter:
Taking responsibility, leading e.g. participating in assembly, anti-bullying ambassadors, student council
Schools should promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs as part of their provision of SMSC.
How do we promote British Values at Carter?
- Assemblies throughout the year that focus on the five different strands of British Values
- Students have British Values stickers in their planners outlining how we show them at Carter and how they promote them in their own life.
- We have had competitions linked to British Values – Write a song, and design a poster.
- B&V schemes of work in year 7 and year 9 have discrete British Values topics which covers areas of Democracy, rule of law and individual liberty. In year 8 students study Diversity in the UK with a focus of tolerance and mutual respect.
- RE Schemes of work in year 9 focus on Human Rights with a focus on Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect. A year 8 scheme of work looks at Diversity within Christianity with a focus of Christians working together with mutual respect.
- An active student Council where students stand and vote in an election. A planned out campaign time and voting day is in place. Student Council reps are then elected to various sub groups which highlights the different areas MPs might work on in government. Student Council reps receive training on ‘leading a meeting’ and ‘assertiveness’ to help them gain vital skills for a successful council. The student council manages its own budget.
- Student voice is encouraged throughout the school. During department reviews student voice is completed and shared with the department area to act on.
- Students are taught across the curriculum and in extra-curricular events to debate and argue as would happen in British democracy. In English, History and RE debates takes place and in 2016 Excellence Club students took part in a debate about whether Britain should remain in the EU. Carter students debated students from Germany who were visiting for the week.
- Taking part in Elections – All students voted in the Mark your Mark Elections (Youth Parliament) and in a special EU online vote. Students were taught about the arguments for and against during tutor time before their vote. A display board with the issues was put up to support students thinking.
- Mutual Respect and Tolerance – Students are taught about a range of faiths throughout RE lessons at KS3. Year 7 study Buddhism, Humanism and Christianity. Year 8 Study Christianity and Islam and in Year 9 Students apply their knowledge of different faiths to different ethical issues.
- Stereotypes are particularly challenged in Year 8 RE when students study Islam: Identity and belonging as well as War and Peace from an Islamic perspective where Greater and Lesser Jihad are explored. Throughout B&V lessons students express their views, but are challenged to consider evidence and are presented with various sources to help with their own decision making.
- Throughout our school systems British Values are demonstrated. The Carter Charter (written by students) allows students to work in classrooms where mutual respect is shown for learning. Student reflection forms completed by students if they are in binary for poor behaviour allows students time to consider their own behaviour (individual liberty and rule of law)
- Prefect System encourages leadership, mutual respect and individual liberty.
- Charity events throughout the year (mutual respect/tolerance)