Welcome to SMSC / British Values
To promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of each member of the Meden School community, we will:
Implement a whole school programme that involves a weekly tutorial session that is devoted to the ME at Meden programme which encompasses SMSC, British Values and PSHE. As well as a weekly 50 minute session for year 7-11 that focuses on the ME at Meden agenda.
A Spirit of Meden Award will be introduced where pupils will be rewarded for meeting the following criteria; Helping others (charity events), supporting the school (open evenings etc.), being part of the community (litter picking etc.), impeccable behaviour, outstanding attitude to learning scores, involvement in extracurricular activities and displaying leadership (buddy reading, captain of a team etc.).
a. Develop the school environment by:
- Making our school a place of welcome for all visitors;
- Maintaining and improving grounds;
- Creating areas and times of silence;
- Celebrating achievement through the display of work; and
- Ensuring that play and leisure areas encourage and promote co-operative behaviour.
b. Provide opportunities for explicit spiritual development by:
- Using assemblies to highlight the spiritual dimension;
- Ensuring that when there is an opportunity all subjects include space for personal reflection
c. Enable the whole curriculum to be a vehicle for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by:
- Presenting positive images of regions, countries, faiths and cultures from around the world and challenging stereotypes;
- Encouraging pupils to see a pattern and purpose in life;
- Promoting aesthetic awareness;
- Being sensitive to the scope of human achievement;
- Providing opportunities for pupils to engage in activities of discovery and exploration and experience awe and wonder;
- Ensuring achievement and effort are celebrated and self-esteem enhanced;
- Assisting pupils in the pursuit of truth and excellence;
- Providing opportunities to search for meaning and coherence in experience;
- Exploring the connection between personal philosophy and behaviour;
- Continuing to plan for and provide in-school events and educational visits which afford pupils the opportunity to understand both their own and other cultures and societies.
d. Build structures that encourage spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by:
- Giving pupils opportunity to exercise responsibility and initiative;
- Implementing discipline strategies that emphasise and reward positive behaviour;
- Ensuring that sanctions allow pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, while balancing this with the need for forgiveness and reconciliation, rather than judgement and recrimination;
- Encouraging teamwork and co-operation and emphasising that achievement and success should not be attained at the expense of others;
- Encouraging competition based on mutual respect;
- Instituting procedures that emphasise the equality and dignity of each person and combating intolerant attitudes manifested in bullying, racism, homophobia, sexism and violence;
- Enabling pupils to recognise the inter-dependence of human beings through work for charity and in community programmes.
e. Establish and maintain an ethos to encourage spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by:
- Setting an example of justice, fairness, truth and respect in dealings between members of staff and between staff and pupils;
- Avoiding the use of language and other modes of expression which tend to denigrate others;
- Encouraging tolerance and a willingness to listen to and value difference of opinion;
- Valuing courtesy and consideration for others;
- Making available facilities for individual support, guidance and counselling where needed;
- Involving pupils in developing the Code of Conduct;
- Developing appropriate knowledge in PSHE education
SMSC/British Values and PSHE in the Curriculum
The ME at Meden programme will address PSHE national framework objectives suitable for key stages 3-5 as well whilst incorporating SMSC and British Values.
All curriculum areas have a contribution to the pupil's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and opportunities for this will be planned in each area of the curriculum.
Below are some examples of how SMSC development has been integrated into the curriculum.
English makes a major contribution to pupils’ SMSC development through:
- Developing confidence and expertise in language, which is an important aspect of individual and social identity;
- Enabling pupils to understand and engage with the feelings and values embodied in high quality poetry, fiction, drama, film and television;
- Developing pupils’ awareness of moral and social issues in fiction, journalism, magazines, radio, television and film;
- Helping pupils to understand how language changes over time, the influences on spoken and written language and social attitudes to the use of language;
- Through written and discussion work on points of view and arguments pupils will reflect on a number of social and moral issues.
- Studying literature and art from different cultures supported by visits from writers and artists and participating in workshops.
The General Aims of Meden School are:
- Ensure that Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural issues are embedded throughout the school curriculum in a consistent way
- Give each pupil a range of opportunities to reflect upon and discuss their beliefs, feelings and responses to personal experiences
- Enable pupils to develop an understanding of their individual and group identity o Provide pupils the opportunity to begin to develop an understanding of their social and cultural environment and an appreciation of the many cultures that now enrich our society
- Give each pupil the opportunity to explore social and moral issues, and develop a sense of social and moral responsibility
- Give each pupil the opportunity to understand and know the British Values of: Democracy and the rule of law, Individual liberty and mutual respect, tolerance of those of different faith and beliefs.
2. Spiritual Development
The potential for spiritual development is open to everyone and need not be confined to the development of religious beliefs or conversion to a particular faith. The term needs to be seen as applying to something fundamental in the human condition which is not necessarily experienced through the physical senses and/or expressed through everyday language, Spiritual growth is concerned with:
- Assisting pupils to develop personal and shared beliefs;
- Recognising the wonders and mysteries of the natural world which may lead to questions about the existence of a divine creator;
- Recognising human achievements and exploring the possibility that inner resources can help people to deal with everyday experiences;
- The search for meaning and purpose in life;
- Recognising and valuing one's own worth and that of others;
- Creativity and the expression of thoughts and feelings through art, music, literature, human movement and crafts;
- Exercising imagination, intuition and insight;
- Appreciating or being moved by beauty or kindness; an awareness of when it is important to control emotions and when it is appropriate to express them;
Meden School will encourage pupils to: recognise the existence of others as independent from themselves; reflect on experiences; question and explore the meaning of experiences; evaluate a range of possible responses and interpretations; and develop and apply personal views and insights.
3. Moral Development
Personal morality combines the beliefs and values of individuals, those of the social, cultural and religious groups to which people belong and the laws and customs of the wider society.
Meden School will encourage pupils to: tell the truth; keep promises; respect the rights and property of others; act considerately towards others; help those less fortunate than themselves; take responsibility for their own actions; and exercise self-discipline.
As a school we will reject: bullying; cheating; deceit; cruelty; irresponsibility; and dishonesty. Ideally, pupils should understand the value of rules and act upon them out of conviction, rather than from fear of getting into trouble.
4. Cultural Development
Meden School is committed to preparing pupils to develop an empathetic understanding of aspects of their own and other cultural environments, be these religious, social, aesthetic or ethnic. Our aims to counteract bias and appreciate, value and celebrate the achievements of others and to prepare pupils for life in a multicultural society. It is recognised that pupils must experience other cultures in order to understand them fully. Where the local cultural environment does not offer a sufficiently broad experience, as a school we are committed to providing opportunities not only through the curriculum, but also through educational visits.
5. Social Development
Meden School is committed to working with the home and the community to prepare pupils for relating to others in different social settings, taking responsibility, exercising initiative, working effectively in groups and participating co-operatively and productively in the school and the wider community.
We are further committed to promoting an empathetic understanding of how societies function and are organised in structures such as the family, the school and local and wider communities. It is the function of all curriculum areas to contribute to the pupils' social development supported by experience in clubs, societies and teams, and through educational visits and in-school events. Pupils will be encouraged to use their talents to compete in a fair and generous manner, appreciating the ability of others, showing determination and team spirit.
Meden School recognizes it must take opportunities which exist in the curriculum to develop pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness as well as promoting and installing British Values. The academy is a community where pupils will find acceptance for themselves as unique individuals. However, pupils will gain cultural awareness, respect and tolerance of those of other faith backgrounds. The diversity of spiritual traditions will be recognised, and pupils will be given the opportunity explore alternative views. Pupils will be encouraged to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, along with high standards of personal behaviour.
Meden School will place a strong emphasis on building positive, caring attitudes towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures. All adults will model and promote expected behaviour, treating all people as unique and valuable individuals and showing respect for pupils and their families. The school community will be a place where pupils will learn to differentiate between right and wrong in as far as their actions affect other people. Pupils should understand the need for rules and the need to abide by rules for the good of everyone.
As a school we will develop an understanding and knowledge of fundamental British values.
- An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process;
- An appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety;
- An understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence;
- An understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law;
- An acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour; and
- An understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination.