At Royton and Crompton School our mission statement ‘Respect, Self and Community’ exemplifies our attitude and approach to the importance of the development of all aspects of SMSC. We believe in a holistic education, experience and curriculum, that ensures that our sstudents leave our care ‘as rounded individuals with an awareness and understanding of the wider world’. We recognise that SMSC 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.
This document aims to highlight some (but by no means all) of the many notable areas of SMSC provision at Royton and Crompton School.
We 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 and British Values are focussed on during assemblies throughout the academic year. The weekly focus of assemblies are then followed up and reinforced via form discussions and activities of which some are deeply philosphical, some are whimsical and some contain important news items of the time.
We believe that it is the responsibility of every adult and child in school to promote SMSC and key British values. Whilst a curriculum audit (undertaken in January 2018) indicates areas of SMSC within the curriculum, it is by no means an exhaustive list and much of the SMSC within school is discreet and implicit with all our interactions with students both inside and outside the classroom.
Numerous opportunities exist for SMSC and British Values development thought the school. A variety of educational visits within school and extra-curricular activities and clubs are open to all students. Some of these clubs are focused on curriculum areas (e.g. music vocal group), however, many offer a generalised opportunity for students to develop their teamwork, cooperation skills and social development. External groups from the local community also provide regular support with lunch clubs and assemblies.
Success over the last 12 months is evident in the development of the Cadet Force, the School Farm, emerging links with industry, E-Safety day and work of the Humanities Faculty which leads the whole school Remembrance Day and Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations which make a huge contribution to the school and indicate the high value placed on matters SMSC. Furthermore, visits from artists, authors and business companies ensure that our students experience and benefit from working with those outside their usual friendship groups whilst boosting their own academic achievements. We are very proud of our Rewards assemblies for each year group at the end of each half term to raise aspirations and celebrate success of all students of all abilities. These are embedded within our school and are an integral aspect of our approach to learning and sharing the core principles of British Values. Celebration evenings allow the school community to join to together in recognising contributions made by our staff and students in a variety of ways. Students value this recognition and thrive on the celebration of their role in the school.
At Royton and Crompton School, it is imperative that all adults 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 displays should promote responsible behaviour.
We aim to ensure:
- That everyone connected with the school is aware of our values and principles. (Respect, Self, Community).
- A consistent approach to the delivery of SMSC issues through the curriculum and the general life of the school.
- That a child’s education is set within the context that is meaningful and appropriate to their age, aptitude and background.
- That children 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 children 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 children to develop socially, morally, spiritually and culturally e.g. empathy, respect, open-mindedness, sensitivity, critical awareness.
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 and provide opportunities to cultivate:
- 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.
- Social Development
- 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 children to behave appropriately at meal times.
- Taking responsibility e.g.student council, prefects, peer to peer mentoring.
- Showing appreciation of the performances of other children regardless of ability.
- Meeting people from different cultures and countries.
- Participation in a variety of different educational visits.
- Use of assembly themes to explore important aspects of our heritage and other cultures
- Studying the ‘Arts’ from different cultures supported by visits from writers and artists and participating in workshops.
- Opportunities for the children 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 children.
- Children will be taught to appreciate and take responsibility for their local environment.
Monitoring and evaluation
Provision for SMSC will be monitored and reviewed on a regular basis. This achieved by:
- Monitoring of books, teaching and learning by HOD / SLT / head teacher/ IEB.
- Regular discussions at staff and governors’ meetings.
- Audit of policies and units of study including the school’s approach to collective reflection.
- We 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 pupils develop the skills they need to achieve success and fulfilment in life.