SMSC and British Values at The Grove Academy

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of pupils at Delta Academies, including British Values.    

The Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of our pupils has always been at the heart of the education offered in Delta Academies.   Our Academies’ approach to SMSC is embedded in the Delta ethos of mutual respect, partnership working and collaboration; an approach that we believe is fundamental to a full and positive participation in life in modern Britain.   

Examples of how fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law,

individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths

and beliefs, have been actively promoted across Delta Academies include:

  • Academy ethos statements;
  • Student Voice activities;
  • Citizenship lessons;
  • Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)programmes;
  • Healthy schools initiatives;
  • Discussion within curriculum subjects;
  • After school clubs;
  • Assemblies;
  • Charity work;
  • Sporting events;
  • Themes days or weeks; and
  • Educational visits and other Learning Outside the Classroom.   

 

Promoting British values at The Grove Academy

 The DfE have recently reinforced the need ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to 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.’

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent strategy, and these values have been reiterated in 2014. At The Grove Academy these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

Democracy.

Pupils are listened to and are taught to listen carefully to others. Pupils are taught to respect the right of individuals to have their voices and opinions heard. They are taught to discuss issues in a balanced and calm way.

Pupils have a placement questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school.

The rule of law.

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or the country are consistently reinforced at The Grove Academy.

Pupils are taught the value of the school Code of Conduct. Pupils are taught the value and the reason behind the rules and the laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibility this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the police and the fire service help to reinforce this message.

Individual liberty.

At The Grove Academy, children are actively encouraged to make the right choices, knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment. Children are expected to take responsibility for their own actions and to understand the consequence their actions might have. We educate and provide boundaries for pupils to enable them to make informed choices, through a safe and supportiveenvironment. The understanding of rights and responsibilities are promoted through assemblies, tutorial and PSHE.

Mutual respect.

Mutual respect is a core value at The Grove Academy. Pupils learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.

The Grove Academy recognises its role in preparing pupils for life in modern Britain. We actively promote celebrations of different faiths and cultures Through personal and social education we reinforce messages of tolerance and respect.

The Curriculum.

Staff regularly review the curriculum to ensure that it promotes the areas above. It also ensures that pupils are taught about key events and figures in history. Events during the year celebrate culturally diverse occasions and memorable events taking place in the country.

At The Grove Academy we will actively challenge children, staff or parents who express opinions that are contrary to fundamental British values including extremists views

 

 

 

SMSC

We support the spiritual development of our pupils to enable them to develop their:

  • ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values;
  • sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them;
  • use of imagination and creativity in their learning; and
  • willingness to reflect on their experiences.

We support the moral development of our pupils to enable them to develop their:

  • ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, and to apply this understanding in their own lives and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England;
  • understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions; and
  • interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, and being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.

 

 

We support the social development of our pupils to enable them to develop their:

  • use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds;
  • willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively;
  • acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs;

 

We support the cultural development of our pupils to enable them to develop their :

 

  • understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others;
  • understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain;
  • knowledge of Britain's democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain;
  • willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities;
  • interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity,
  • tolerance towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

Through the range of activities offered we aim to enable our pupils to develop their:

  • self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
  • their acceptance of responsibility for their behaviour;
  • their understanding of how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality in with the Academy is situated and to society more widely;
  • respect for their own and other cultures;
  • respect for other people, with particular regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010; and
  • respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process.    

These are the skills and attitudes we believe will allow our pupils to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.