SMSC, British Values & PREVENT
A Guide to SMSC, British Values and PREVENT at Newman School
At Newman School we are a learning community made up of children, young people, families, carers and staff from many different backgrounds. We share our similarities and celebrate our differences. Everything we do is focused on enabling our children to develop into adult who are aware of their rights and responsibilities, are tolerant and respectful of others, have a sense of fascination at the natural world and a healthy self esteem.
WHAT IS SMSC?
SMSC stands for Social, Moral, Spirtual and Cultural education. This is the part of learning and development that helps children and young people become aware of and respond appropriately to the world around them. SMSC happens in every part of our school day. You will see it in lessons, in children's work, but also in the way we treat each other, in our school council, in our manners, in the way we look after our school grounds. When you see our fabulous kind, respectful and enthusiastic children and young people, that is SMSC!
SOCIAL education helps us learn to live and work alongside each other and prepares us for life in modern Britain. In lessons and during the school day we develop our social skills by being polite and kind and we learn how to communicate effectively with people in different ways with our voices, signs and AAC devices. We learn about how to behave in different places, such as going to the shops or the swimming pool. When we have disagreements, we learn how to put things right in a safe and calm way. We contribute to society by raising money for charity, such as Sheffield Children's Hospital and Water Aid. Our young people learn social skills for the workplace, by going on work experience, taking part in enterprise projects and going to college and interacting with peers.
MORAL education helps us to recognise the difference between right and wrong. When we do something wrong, we think about the consequences of what we have done and try to put things right. We have school rules and expectations which help us to do the right thing. We learn about right and wrong in the wider community, by listening to police officers come and talk to us and people who teach us about how to keep ourselves safe in relationships. In circle time and assemblies, in Literacy, RE and Humanities, we learn from stories and events which teach us right from wrong.
SPIRITUAL education encourages children and young people to have time to reflect, to have a sense of enjoyment and fascination at the world around them, to use their imaginations, to explore their feelings and beliefs. We learn about
different beliefs in our RE lessons, but it doesn‟t stop there. Our Colourscape
Day was lots of fun and helped us to reflect on how different colours and sounds made us feel. Assemblies and circle time give us a moment of stillness and quiet when we can think about what we have learned. Going fishing was a great opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors!
CULTURAL EDUCATION helps us to learn about all the amazing different faiths and cultural diversity that exist within and across our communities, We take part in artistic, sporting, musical, culinary and theatrical events such as the visit from the “Queen of Sheba” and our Open Minds Theatre workshops. Our European breakfast bar is a great success and our partner school in South Africa helps us learn about life in a different country. Our displays around school show us features of different cultures. We are respectful and tolerant of different cultures and we are friends with children and young people from many different backgrounds. We celebrate different cultural festivals throughout school such as Christmas, Easter, Eid and Chinese New Year.
WHAT ARE BRITISH VALUES?
Embedded in our SMSC provision, we help our children and young people to develop an understanding of British Values. These are central to the SMSC development of our children and young people and can be witnessed throughout our school life. Teachers plan activities to develop our understanding of British Values in lessons and in wider school activities. We learn about the values of DEMOCRACY, LAW, RESPECT and TOLERANCE and LIBERTY.
Our children and young people learn about DEMOCRACY via our circle time and turn taking activities, our school council, our history topics (for example the word wars, the magna carta), PSHCE (learning about working in groups, learning about British government ) and Enterprise (working as a team within an organisation).
We learn about LAW via our school rules and group rules in different situations. We develop an understanding of why rules are important. Children and young people learn about British law from visits from public services such as the police and fire, from our Humanities curriculum which covers the development and impact of some British laws (eg Civil Rights, laws on transport and the environment). Older pupils have special roles within school to help younger children learn how to follow rules e.g. in the lunch hall or playground.
The value of LIBERTY helps us to understand our personal freedoms and responsibilities. We encourage children and young people to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We take measured risks by challenging ourselves, remembering our motto that „better never stops.‟ We learn about how to keep safe in our relationships via our PSHCE lessons and interventions such as resilience building, anger management and confidence building help to ensure all our children and young people are able to enjoy their freedoms and responsibilities. We learn that while we have rights, we also have responsibilities to ourselves and each other.
Everything about our SMSC provision is aimed at supporting our children and young people to be TOLERANT and RESPECTFUL of people around them. Our social and cultural development activities teach us about similarities and differences in our communities. As we learn more about different cultures, so we understand them and learn how to live together as respectful citizens.
In the 2015 the Counter Terrorism and Security Act placed a duty on all staff within schools to contribute to keeping children safe from radicalisation.
Radicalisation involves grooming people to put extremist views into action. This may involve encouraging Far Right racist activity or enticing children and young people into religious extremism. At Newman, we employ an internet use screening tool to ensure our children and young people are safe. All staff (teaching, governors and support) at Newman are trained in what to do if they are worried a children or young person is being radicalised. Radicalisation is a serious safeguarding issue and we follow the Rotherham Local Children's Safeguarding Board procedures for raising concerns.
Most importantly, at Newman School, SMSC is a priority. By placing emphasis on the social, moral, spiritual and cultural education and development of our children and young people we build knowledge and understanding of British Values, which in turn, build resilience and reduces the risk of exposure to extreme views.
We hope you find this guide to SMSC at Newman School helpful and enjoy learning about the sort of activities our children and young people take part in. Our website give you regular updates regarding all our activities and experiences. It is our pleasure to support all our fabulous children and young people in developing as well rounded citizens.
If you would like to find out more about anything to do with SMSC, I would be delighted to speak with you.