Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education

At Parkside we aim to deliver a broad, rich and innovative curriculum that is owned by, and distinctive to our school and its community. It is made up, in part, of the statutory National Curriculum, which provides an outline of core knowledge. However the National Curriculum is just one element in the education of our children, enhanced by wider learning opportunities to inspire, challenge and prepare them for the future.

We strive to promote the pupils’ spiritual, moral social and cultural (SMSC) development. Promoting fundamental British values is part of this. While there are many aspects of our school life and community that contribute to our SMSC provision, our ethos is at the heart and underpins the promotion of SMSC. Furthermore our school curriculum makes a positive contribution to many aspects of the childrens’ SMSC development, with the specific subjects of PSHE, Citizenship and RE making a unique contribution.



What is SMSC?


Spiritual

  • explore beliefs and experience
  • respect faiths, feelings and values
  • enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world
  • develop self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • use imagination and creativity
  • reflect
  • show initiative.


Moral

  • recognise right and wrong
  • respect the basis on which the law is made and applied in England
  • accept responsibility for behaviour
  • understand consequences
  • investigate moral and ethical issues
  • offer reasoned views.


Social

  • appreciate diverse viewpoints
  • participate, volunteer and cooperate
  • resolve conflict
  • engage with the 'British values'
  • understand how to contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and society more widely.


Cultural

  • appreciate cultural influences
  • appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system
  • acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
  • participate in culture opportunities
  • understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity
  • acquire an appreciation of and respect for own and other cultures
  • further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions.


What are the British values?

  1. Democracy (showing respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process)
  2. The rule of law
  3. Individual liberty
  4. Mutual respect
  5. Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs (and all protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010)



Examples of how SMSC is reinforced/embedded at Parkside:

  • Class charters - rights and responsibilities that go with
  • School council - elections, pupil voice
  • suggestions for improvement box
  • Classroom/school/playground rules
  • Assemblies
  • Visitors to School - including local businesses, emergency services, theatre groups, local churches
  • School trips - Residentials, Local churches, Safety in Action Day, Connect with the Countryside ...
  • Provision of a safe and secure environment with clear boundaries so children can feel supported to make choices
  • E-safety lessons and parental advice
  • Cycling proficiency
  • Extra curricular clubs and activities
  • Buddies making younger members of a community welcome