9.Governors, the PTA & local employers and stakeholders all play a vital role in delivering a diet of inclusion and SMSC which develop our young people for the future they will face.
10.A rich diet of extra curricular activities which offer our pupils opportunities for personal growth, self esteem and resilience alongside social, cultural, spiritual and moral experiences beyond the formal curriculum.
Ofsted definitions of SMSC:-
Students’ spiritual development is shown by their ...
·ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faths, feelings and values
·sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them, including the intangible
·use of imagination and creativity in their learning
·willingness to reflect on their experiences.
Students’ moral development is shown by their ...
·ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and their readiness to apply this understanding in their own lives,recognise legal boundaries and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England
·understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions
·interest in investigating, and offering reasoned views about, moral and ethical issues, and being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues
Students’ social development is shown by their ...
·use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with students from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
·willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively;
·acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs;
·the pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain
Students’ cultural development is shown by their ...
·understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others
·understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
knowledge of Britain's democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, an in continuiing to develop Britain
·willingness to participate in, and respond to, for example, artistic, musical, sporting, mathematical, technological, scientific and cultural opportunities
·interest in exploring, understanding of, and respect for cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitude towards different religious, ethnic and socio- economic groups in the local, national and global communities.
SMSC lies at the heart of our school. It underpins our work; it puts into words our ethos and common values and it is about those special moments in education that we remember for the rest of our lives. SMSC stands for Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural.
We take as touchstone David Blunkett’s words,
“The vast majority of people in our society, regardless of their ethnic background, want the same things for themselves and their children. As we share a common citizenship, we have to find a way of working and living together successfully. Our aim should be to create an inclusive society, where local communities meet the needs of all groups and share a dialogue which transcends differences.”
For Toynbee, this means valuing ourselves, our families and other groups in the wider community to which we belong; including the global community and our responsibilities as a citizen of the world. SMSC is about how a school fosters and develops a pupils’ values, principles, beliefs which will inform their perspective on life and their behaviour. We are committed to the values of personal best, respect, resolution and appreciation and this permeates our curriculum as well as our wider activities. We aspire for all our young people to leave school as thoughtful, caring, responsible and engaged members of society.
As you would expect SMSC is everywhere at school, but how do we know we are covering all the threads?
1.Every subject’s contribution to SMSC is mapped using an auditing tool. This is updated by Heads of Dept. Each subject’s contribution makes up the whole.
2.Each week every pupil experiences and participates in a ‘Current Affairs’ lesson. These are uploaded to the front page of our website weekly so that parents can also engage in discussion with their chilkdren about current topics and help us to support their child in extending thier vocabulary. Topics have included; Malala Yousafzai, the Ebola epidemic, UK Muslim Leaders condemnation of IS, the Scottish Referendum, Mobile phone use, the Tibet earthquake disaster, the refugee situation, Black Rights in America, Record Breaking attempts and success and anything that strikes as discussion worthy . Literacy skills as well as debate and personal opinions are developed in these sessions
3.Weekly Inspirational Quotations theme our assemblies and Current Affairs discussions
4.PDL - Personal Development Learning (PSHE) Days on specific themes when the whole school is off timetable and following a different programme based on the themes below. External speakers and local service providers are used as much as possible to involve the pupils in their community and life beyond school as much as possible.
Year 7 - Fair Trade & Enterprise
Year 8 - Democracy Day
Year 9 - Careers, Choices & Options
Year 10 - Multi Cultural Experience Day/Personal Finance
Year 11 - Preparation for Life after Toynbee; Careers, Colleges, Cvs
Year 7 - Inspirational People & their Teams
Year 8 - Teenage Role Models - Positive 7 Negative
Year 9 - Personal Safety
Year 10 - Enterprise & Team Challenge
Year 11 - Walking Talking Mocks for Core subjects
Year 7 - Lepra Charity Fundraising & Healthy Lifestyle
Year 8 - World langauages & ouor English Heritage
Year 9 - Army Themed day, Problem Solving, Team work & Fitness, Careers
Year 10 - Employability Skills day
There are 3 PDL days per year for each year group with a carefully mapped programme for each specific year group.
5.Weekly assemblies which link into our theme for the week and also National Awareness weeks, for example, Black History, Remembrance Day, esafety, Holocaust Survivor Week, Charity Days such as Children in Need, International Book Day, Literacy Week, World Book Day, National Poetry day, Anti Bullying Week
6.Special Occasion Assemblies which take place at specific points in the calendar such as Christmas, Easter, Remembrance Day, end of the school year. We make a particular point on these occasions of pulling the whole school together in one assembly space to celebrate our achievements and perform our talents.
7.Awards Evenings for each year group which acknowledge and acclaim the wonderful achievements, both academic and extra curricula, of our pupils with their parents. These are enjoyable performance occasions
8.The Student Leadership Team play a role in building our inclusive community by delivering assemblies, acting as school ambassadors at public events and leading the school’s Charity Fund Raising Programme.
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