SMSC & Promoting British Values

SMSC

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC.

School life within Ash Trees encourages development in all aspects of SMSC.

Spiritual

Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

Moral

Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.

Social

Investigate and moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the ‘British Values‘ of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance

Cultural

Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

 

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British Values at Ash Trees Academy

The DfE have recently reinforced the 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.”

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014.  At Ash Trees Academy these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways. We keep an up to date audit of all such teaching and learning opportunities. We celebrate our work and achievements through our SMSC books.

Democracy

Ash Trees Academy has recently started the UNICEF Rights Respecting school Award, with the aspiration of becoming a Unicef Rights Respecting School. In the autumn term the students decided upon their class charter and the rights associated with these.

Students have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets to discuss issues raised throughout school. The council is able to effect change within the school. School Council members volunteered themselves and were nominated by pupils and staff across school.

Each week students across the school are able to nominate and vote for other students for certificates in our celebration assemblies.

Students have an annual questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school, in addition to seeking their views weekly on immediate matters of interest.

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, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Students 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. Visits from authorities such as the Police, PSCOs and Fire Service help reinforce this message. These are achieved through our topics, such as ‘People who help us’.

Individual Liberty

Within school, students 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 students to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education.  Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, students are given the freedom to make choices. Our behaviour policy is very important at Ash Trees Academy to support our students in reflecting upon their choices and keeping themselves and others safe.

Mutual Respect

At Ash Trees Academy, mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Ash Trees Academy is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies and collective worship opportunities are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our thematic topics and PSHE teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. In the last year we have celebrated Ramadan, Chinese New Year, Holi week,

At Ash Trees Academy we will actively challenge students, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.