Social, moral, spiritual and cultural development
We believe that our school is outstanding in the way in which it ensures the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of our students. Students follow a programme of SMSC lessons that comprises sessions focussing upon careers, citizenship and PSHE (Personal, social and health education) . These SMSC lessons take place on a fortnightly basis and the programme for the current academic year is available via the link below. As part of this SMSC development, we ensure that students are supported to understand the four fundamental British values (democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance) and are therefore prepared for life in modern Britain. Read more (below) about why schools promote fundamental British values.
Promoting fundamental British values
The government set out their definition of British values in the 2011 ‘Prevent Strategy’. These have since been reinforced further. These regulations sit alongside the requirements of the Equalities Act, which also applies to all types of schools.Schools are expected to focus on, and be able to show, how work with students is effective in embedding these fundamental British values. They are;
• the rule of law
• individual liberty
• mutual respect
• tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At Sedgefield, our approach has been structured to ensure that students will encounter these principles throughout everyday school life rather than students feeling that they are being ‘taught’. As can be seen in the linked document below whilst there are issues involving British values that we do address in a formal classroom setting much of what we do in this respect is quite subtly dealt with through, what appears to be, stand alone events such as our ‘inter faith’ week, our ‘thoughts for the week’ and our assembly programme. All of these events are sequentially planned to ensure a broad coverage over a period of time.