British Values / SMSC
What is SMSC?
Ofsted defines 'Spiritual' as being able to: Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
'Moral’ as being able to: Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
'Social' as being able to: Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance. and
'Cultural' as being able to: Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
At Goole Academy the three aims below reflect, strongly, our commitment to ensuring these aspects of students’ education and Academy journey are paramount.
The aims are:
- To promote the values of respect, responsibility, effort and empathy, which enhance independent learning, academic progress and emotional well-being
- To encourage the skills, ambition and confidence required to become successful global citizens and meet the challenges of the modern world.
- To focus upon the attributes that are highly prized in higher education and the workplace, such as initiative, confidence, perseverance, teamwork and leadership. Key aspects of our ethos that show our commitment to this policy as that enable us to deliver our aims are: A range of extra-curricular activities. This enables students to set themselves apart from their peers at leaving age, compete against local rivals, and succeed in competitions. Strong focus on pastoral care throughout the Academy.
Students feel safe, happy, welcomed, and able to build self-reliance. It also allows them to develop a clear sense of direction and purpose in life. An inclusive academy in a multi-cultural town. Students of different backgrounds integrate, are respectful and understanding of each other, and of different cultural perspectives
SMSC & British Values
Through our SMSC, British Values and SACRE we are:
- enabling students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
- enabling students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
- encouraging students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the Academy and to society more widely;
- enabling students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;
- creating further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;
- encouraging respect for other people; and encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.
The list below describes the understanding and knowledge expected of pupils as a result of promoting fundamental British values
- an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process;
- an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety;
- an understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence;
- an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law;
- an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviours.
- an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination. It is not necessary for schools or individuals to ‘promote’ teachings, beliefs or opinions that conflict with their own, but nor is it acceptable for schools to promote discrimination against people or groups on the basis of their belief, opinion or background.
Examples of British Values in action at Goole Academy
- Themed assemblies
- Displays around the Academy
- The Academy ethos and climate in the Academy. Treatment of visitors and mutual respect
- Debate and discussion encouraged within lessons
- Restorative Practice
Democracy and Rule of Law
- Talent shows and Academy productions
- Residential visits
- Trips and visits
- Consistency of the Care, Support, Guidance and Behaviour Policy
- Code of conduct for sporting events
- Safety talks from Police, Fire, E-safety etc
- Parental questionnaires
- Following the SMSC curriculum
- Looking at different occupations, outside speakers from different industries
- Current affairs discussions – The Day website, Newsround
- Competitive sports fixtures
- Life Curriculum
- Paired / Group Class work
- Anti-bullying week – Assemblies, tutor time activities
- Fund raising for ocal and national charities - Comic Relief, Goole Homeless, Children's Air Ambulance
- Collective worship visitors – vicars, RBL, Gideons
- Parents Evening. Open Evenings
- Teachers and adults model respectful behaviour
- Celebration assemblies
- Cultures of other countries through MFL, Geography, tutor sessions
- Historical events compared to present day situations
Individual Responsibility and Liberty
- Cashless catering
- Responsibility for own belongings
- Homework / Planner responsibilities
- Academy uniform
- Human rights
- Educational trips and visits
- Guided choices over future pathways and careers. Option choices
Tolerance of Other Faiths and Beliefs
- Life curriculum through tutor time and assemblies which include visitors from different faiths
- Charity work such as ‘Warm Heart Malawi’
- Respect, philosophy and culture sessions during tutor time