As a school, we recognise that the personal development of all students plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve and as such the promotion of SMSC permeates all aspects of school life. We aim to provide an education that engages students with a holistic approach to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development within a context that promotes fundamental British values.
Our thought for the week programme provides our students the opportunity for reflection during both assembly and tutor time. Thought for the week will be based around both SMSC development, the school motto, ASPIRE, BELIEVE, ACHIEVE and our PRIDE characteristics –Partnership, Resilience, Integrity, Determination, Effort.
Aspects of SMSC included in the programme:
Exploring beliefs and experiences; respecting values; discovering oneself and the surrounding world; using imagination and creativity; reflection.
Recognising right and wrong; understanding consequences; investigating moral and ethical issues; offering reasoned views.
Using social skills in different contexts; working well with others; resolution of conflicts; understanding how communities work.
Appreciating cultural influences; participation in culture opportunities; understanding, accepting, respecting and celebrating diversity.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Policy.pdf
Physical. Social and Health Education (PHSE)
Promoting British values
We want all of our students to leave Ousedale School ready to become fully rounded individuals who are able to make a contribution to society and treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background. As a school we promote the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs.
Students participate in a wide range of activities that enable them to develop:
- 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
- an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination
British values are promoted through whole school SMSC activities and our PSHE programme. In addition to this, years 7 and 8 will be looking at some of the key aspects during our morning registration programme. They will be reflecting on questions such as - What is meant by democracy? What happens in an election? How are laws made?
In addition to this, exploring British values has underpinned several of our Additional Curriculum days in the last year.