Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Development
SPIRITUAL, MORAL, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL (SMSC) DEVELOPMENT
At Oxclose Primary Academy, we recognise that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides pupils with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive, caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of cultures. We ensure that children understand how the culture(s) in which they live influences individual thinking.
All curriculum areas have a contribution to make to our pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and opportunities for this are found in each area of the curriculum. Staff model and promote expected behaviour, treating all people equally as unique and valuable individuals and showing concern and respect for pupils and their families. All curriculum areas seek to use illustrations and examples drawn from as wide a range of cultural contexts as possible. The school community is a place where pupils can find acceptance for themselves as unique individuals and where forgiveness and the opportunity to start again is fundamental to the ethos of the school.
Pupils learn to differentiate between right and wrong. They are aware that their actions affect other people. They are encouraged to value themselves and others. Pupils are encouraged to understand the need for rules and the need to abide by rules for the good of everyone. School and classroom responsibilities reflect, reiterate, promote and reward acceptable behaviour and provide opportunities to celebrate pupils’ work and achievements.