SPIRITUAL, MORAL, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL LEARNING
At Golcar JIN School, we want our pupils to be successful, confident learners and responsible citizens. We recognise the importance of both the academic and personal development and the well- being of every child in our school. This includes recognising the importance of providing a range of opportunities for our pupils to respond to, that supports their spiritual, moral, social and cultural developments.
Spiritual development is concerned with the exploration and development of feelings and emotions; personality, individuality and uniqueness; and knowledge and understanding of their own and different beliefs and cultures.
Moral development relates particularly to developing knowledge and understanding of right and wrong. Pupils learn to make choices in their behaviour through developing knowledge of boundaries and understanding of consequences. They learn by example and by practising through role-play, story and group activities.
Social development relates to the development of knowledge and understanding and the acquisition of skills in relating to others. This begins with family and friends and extends to the wider community beyond. Pupils are taught to respect each other and to appreciate each other’s similarities and differences. An awareness and understanding of, and respect for, the environments in which they live is also developed.
Cultural development is concerned with encountering the defining aspects of different cultures. Explorations of values, beliefs, customs, foods, artefacts and stories allow the pupils to make comparisons and develop knowledge of lifestyles and choices of others.
The table below shows what SMSC looks like in every year group across Golcar JI&N School.
FUNDAMENTAL BRITISH VALUES
The Department for Education has introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values more actively, and to ensure they are taught in schools. It states that there is a need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
At Golcar JIN our curriculum is committed to preparing our pupils for life in modern Britain. We see British Values as underpinning what it is to be a citizen in a modern and diverse Britain. They allow us to create environments free from discrimination, intolerance and hate. They help us to challenge prejudice and stereotyping, whilst strengthening relationships within the community. As well as actively promoting these values to our students, we also work hard to embed them across all curriculum areas. This ensures our students understand the importance of respect, so they can leave our school fully prepared for the next stage of their education and with the firm foundations they need to live and work in modern Britain as responsible citizens.
British Values are defined as the following:
A culture built upon freedom and equality, where everyone is aware of their rights and responsibilities.
The rule of law
The need for rules to make a happy, safe and secure environment to live and work.
Protection of your rights and the rights of others around you.
Mutual respect & tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
Understanding that we all don’t share the same beliefs and values. Respecting those values, ideas and beliefs of others whilst not imposing our own onto them.
WHAT DO FUNDAMENTAL BRITISH VALUES LOOK LIKE IN OUR SCHOOL
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
Democracy is evident throughout the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council. Our school behaviour policy involves rewards which the pupils vote on as a class /group to ensure that pupils can develop their understanding of how citizens can influence decision making through the democratic process. Children are encouraged to know that their views count and are valued.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
Respect is an important part of our school ethos and is regularly discussed and reiterated to the children. It is consistently modelled by staff in all interactions and a culture of respect is fostered and nurtured in each class. We promote tolerance of different faiths and beliefs through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.