SMSC has a prominent place in our school curriculum, featuring in lessons across the curriculum, including Personal Development lessons and Personal Development collapsed sessions in Key Stage 4. Also, The Thought for the Week is a focus in tutor times which is written to foster students’ Personal Development, SMSC, Cultural Capital and literacy skills. Our values and the spiritual, moral, social and cultural contexts and background to them for each individual or group are part of modern British life and as such they are evident in our daily interactions within the school community. We have identified key areas where the values could be seen on a day to day basis at St Peter’s in the SMSC tabs.
We aim to equip students with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life; educating students to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.
Guidance issued to schools describes each aspect of SMSC in detail, below.
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Developing responsible, respectful and active citizens who are able to become actively involved in public life as adults. There is a Head Boy and Head Girl with an active leadership team in the Sixth form and Year 11.
Developing understanding of the fundamental British values of democracy, individual liberty, the rule of law and mutual respect and tolerance. British Values are embedded in Personal Development lessons.
Promoting understanding that difference is a positive, not a negative, and that individual characteristics make people unique. Students following the Triple-E curriculum learn about areas which may include an international awareness, eg, multiculturalism, French café, Samba band.
Promoting an inclusive environment that meets the needs of all students, irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. We have a well-attended Kite club for LGBTQI+ students.
Developing students’ character, which we define as a set of positive personal traits and virtues that motivate and guide behaviour, so that they reflect wisely, learn eagerly, behave with integrity and cooperate well with others. This gives students the qualities they need to flourish in our society. Key stage 3 students can follow the Growth Mindset training to develop positive behaviour.
Developing students’ confidence, resilience and knowledge so that they can keep themselves mentally healthy. Students have the opportunity of following the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme and the National Citizen Service.
Risks from criminal and sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, substance misuse, gang activity and radicalisation. Making them aware of the support available. Enabling students to recognise the dangers of inappropriate use of mobile technology and social media. The Personal Development programme, including visiting organisations, develops students’ awareness of these risks.
Providing opportunities for students to be active during the school day and through extra-curricular activities. Sports activities are available at break and lunch times and after school.
Developing students’ age-appropriate understanding of healthy relationships through appropriate relationship and sex education. We follow the 2020 RSE programme as set out in the CAMBS PSHE framework.
Provide careers advice, experience of work and contact with employers, to encourage students to make good choices and understand what they need to do to reach and succeed in the careers to which they aspire. Support students for the next phase of education, training or employment so that they make a successful transition. CEIAG provides for all students form year 7 to year 13.