SMSC at More Than Education is integral to all that we offer. It is a key component of the curriculum. We believe it is essential for all learners to have the knowledge, experience and understanding of SMSC elements to engage fully with people, life and society. Our SMSC offer also combines social and emotional learning, PSHE and British values. Our intention is to create a holistic approach to learning about who we are and how we fit into the world; one which is supported by the ideal of fostering confident and curious young people.
‘Emotional development reflects social experience, including the cultural context.’ Emotional Development in Childhood. C Saarni 2011. It is imperative for us to develop pupils’ skills and understanding in this area for pupils to see how they have an important place within society. Our aim is to reduce any distance a student feels from society and replace this with inclusivity.
Our values of honesty, engagement, ambition, respect and trust are integral to all that we do and form part of our rewards. This is to enable pupils to understand their importance and application to everyday life.
Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. We encourage pupils to take ownership of not only their school but also of their own learning and progress. This encourages a heightened sense of both personal and social responsibility and is demonstrated on a daily basis by our pupils.
4.2 The Rule of Law:
Pupils are taught the value of and reasons behind laws; that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences also. We use Philosophy for children to encourage pupils to understand the process and creation and upholding guidelines.
The importance of laws are emphasised through Health and Safety issues to help pupils to understand and respect their use. Visits from the services and other agencies such as the police and fire service are regular aspects of our calendar and reinforce this message.
4.3 Individual Liberty:
We believe in empowering our pupils to make their own choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We work on this through a Philosophy for children approach where viewpoints are managed and encouraged.
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms. As teachers we advise pupils how to do this is a safe way for example through the promotion of Safety, Personal, Social and Health Education.
By teaching the children how to manage and understand emotions, they will be motivated and equipped to: make and sustain friendships, start to manage stronger feelings such as frustration, anger or anxiety, work and play cooperatively. To respect and value our world, and the things, both material and alive that exist within it.
4.4 Mutual Respect:
Mutual respect is at the heart of our ethos where all learning is delivered in a climate of safety, trust and respect. Pupils will learn that it is important to treat people, whatever the difference with respect. Also, that is important to also treat places and animals with respect. All members of the school community model this behaviour for pupils.
4.5 Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience diversity. Using the Cultural Calendar, pupils learn about and the celebrate the diversity we have within our community as well as across the globe. We have a ‘Uniqueness’ theme where pupils can really explore their own cultural identity, that of others and the community of the school as a whole. We promote an acceptance of everyone’s beliefs.
Examples include: Anti-bullying project, Student Voice – Council, Citizenship, John Muir and continues in enrichment activities as well.