SMSC Studies (Social, Moral, Spiritual, Cultural)
SMSC sits at the heart of our educational practice, and is embedded throughout the different facets that comprise our individualised, holistic approach. We endeavour to provide every young person with the skills, experience and knowledge to support them on their individual pathway to adulthood.
The discrete SMSC lessons for every class (including 6th Form) work towards understanding of the key skills and knowledge outlined by the DfE’s guidance on SMSC and SRE. We have used this guidance as a foundation for a bespoke SMSC Curriculum that also includes work on fundamental British Values, E-Safety and SRE (Sex and Relationships Education). Our SMSC Curriculum aims to adhere to our schoolwide ethos and values by delivering age appropriate material in a sensitive and individualised manner, whilst also maintaining a consideration for the model of child development that informs our wider approach.
SMSC addresses a rich heritage of national and international cultural celebrations and key dates (eg. National E-Safety Day). At the heart our SMSC curriculum is a focus on keeping children safe as set out in Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE, 2019), which establishes the necessity of children being taught about safeguarding as part of a broad and balanced curriculum.
The combination of discrete age-appropriate group learning and a holistic, individualised approach to target setting, allows us to ensure that all students are appropriately prepared for their particular pathways into the adult world.
For further information, please see our SMSC Curriculum and Promoting SMSC and Fundamental British Values Policy.