Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC)
At Bewick Bridge Community Primary School we recognise that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide an education which gives pupils opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs; spiritual awareness; high standards of personal behaviour; a positive, caring attitude towards other people; an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of all cultures.
All curriculum areas have a contribution to make to the child’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and opportunities for this will be planned in each area of the curriculum.
All adults model and promote expected behaviour, treating all people as unique and valuable individuals and showing respect for pupils and their families.
The school community is a place where pupils can find acceptance for themselves as unique individuals and where forgiveness and the opportunity to start again is fundamental to the ethos of the school.
Pupils learn to differentiate between right and wrong in as far as their actions affect other people. They are encouraged to value themselves and others.
Pupils understand the need for rules and the need to abide by rules for the good of everyone. School and classroom rules reflect, reiterate, promote and reward acceptable behaviour and provide opportunities to celebrate pupils’ work and achievements.
All pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted through the school’s ethos and teaching practices. All staff are aware of the recommended SMSC development criteria and British Values and regularly discuss how these are being met in school life. In particular, SMSC is promoted through:
- Regular collective worship
- The school’s Personal Learning Goals (enquiry, resilience, morality, communication, thoughtfulness, cooperation, respect and adaptability), which are explicitly and implicitly taught throughout the curriculum and daily school life
- The school’s positive behaviour policy and approach to positive classroom management
- Effective staff and pupil relationships in the classroom, on the playground and in all areas of school life
- Enrichment activities, such as trips, visitors, clubs
- A broad and balanced curriculum, incorporating international-mindedness
- The IPC’s Society and International Learning Goals, embedded in all IPC units