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Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education concentrates on how people of different cultures, communities and societies relate to each other in order to promote a more tolerant and diverse future.
Students will develop the skills and understanding needed to equip young people to play an active, well-informed role in their community, whilst preparing them for further education and the world of work in a rich and dynamic range of fields.
SMSC education focuses on the importance of British values including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for, and tolerance of those with, different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.
Implementation: SMSC education is embedded across the curriculum and tutorial program, alongside a dedicated team of teachers delivering distinct SMSC lessons through a program of combined Religious Studies and Citizenship, identified as Religion and Worldviews, and PSHE/RSE (Relationship and sex education).
Religion and Worldviews (RW) follows the Cornwall Agreed Syllabus, studying core beliefs of Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and Buddhism, alongside non-religious world views. Pupils are encouraged to link and evaluate the impact a belief will have on a person’s actions and responses to ultimate questions. In addition, pupils will consider the contribution these ideas have had in shaping multi-cultural Britain and fundamental British values. Pupils will continue to study a core program of RW and citizenship during KS4, through distinct lessons and deep learning days. In addition, a GCSE in Religious Studies is offered, studying Christianity and Islam alongside philosophy and ethics.
PSHE/RSE follows a recommended program of study across KS3 and KS4 which is age appropriate and in line with statutory guidance. The curriculum is suited to the needs of our pupils and considers our local context. PSHE/RSE is about empowering pupils with the knowledge, skills and confidence to make safe, healthy and informed choices about their wellbeing, bodies and relationships. We regularly use outside experts, such as BROOK and YZUP, to supplement our offer, alongside deep learning days. Our schools Sex and Relationship Education policy can be read here
Impact: We want our learners to become confident, critical thinkers; enabling them to analyze and evaluate the world around, to make informed decisions about issues that will affect their lives, as well as those of others. These skills will equip them well for adult life and the world of work and make them empowered citizens of the world.