What is SMSC?
The statutory requirement is that we should encourage pupils’ SMSC development was first introduced in the 1988 Education Reform Act. The Act states that the curriculum for a maintained school must be a balanced and broadly based curriculum which:-
- Promotes the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of;
- Pupils at the school and of society and;
- Prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
Following on from our Mission Statement and the phrase ‘developing the whole child’ that is at the heart of our school, here at St Damian’s we believe that the SMSC education is a real strength of St Damian’s. Although exam results are vital, as a proud Catholic school we have a moral responsibility to be pro-active in preparing our pupils to leave school with high standards of respect based on simple values, have morals that are conducive to adult life and beliefs that are in line with the British way of life. Our extensive work in school is supported by a wide range of external professionals. The following show a range of examples of our provision in this important aspect of educating your child.
Citizenship Foundation: www.doingsmsc.org.uk
Statement of Intent:
At St Damian’s we regard the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) aspect of education as a core entitlement for all students. This is reflected in our core values that throughout a student’s time at college, they are encouraged to grow in understanding and to acquire those qualities, skills and values which will equip them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. Through our mission statement we take our inspiration from God’s word which guides us to improve our relationship with other and behave in the right way.
At St Damian’s we care for all and promote mutual respect in our community to support everyone to be happy in their lives by teaching them about love, forgiveness and kindness so that each student develops fully as an individual and as a valuable member of the community by the delivery quality of social, moral, spiritual and cultural, including the promotion of fundamental British Values education.
We recognise that the personal development of pupils spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant part in their ability to learn, achieve and reach their full potential. We therefore aim to provide an education that gives pupils opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, standards of personal behaviour, attitudes towards other people, understanding of their social and cultural traditions, and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures.
We provide this in a variety of methods and mediums; formal and informal settings and this permeates every aspect of the school’s work. We enable each student to develop fully as an individual and as a valuable member of the community.