All schools must promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of their pupils. SMSC is not a specific subject but rather an aspect of learning that is present in many of our lessons and the behaviour and ethos of the academy. Through ensuring pupils’ SMSC development at Mansfield Green E-ACT Primary Academy, we can demonstrate that we are actively promoting fundamental British values.
By successfully meeting the requirements for collective worship, having a strong school ethos and providing relevant activities beyond the classroom, ensures our pupils’ SMSC development.
Pupils at Mansfield Green are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance. It is expected that pupils understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
Provision for the spiritual development of pupils includes developing their:
- Ability to be reflective about their own beliefs (religious or otherwise) and perspective on life
- Knowledge of, and respect for, different people’s faiths, feelings and values
- Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
- Use of imagination and creativity in their learning
- Willingness to reflect on their experiences.
Some of the many ways in which we promote spiritual development at Mansfield Green include:
- Educational visits to places of worship
- Our links with Aston Church and Birmingham City Mission
Provision for the moral development of pupils includes developing their:
- Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to readily apply this understanding in their own lives, and to recognise legal boundaries and, in doing so, 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 ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.
Some of the many ways in which we promote moral development at Mansfield Green include:
- RE teaching and learning
- PSHE teaching and learning
- Pupil Leadership Team
- School houses
- Clear and effective behaviour policy
Provision for the social development of pupils includes developing their:
- Use of a range of social skills in different contexts, for example working and socialising with other pupils, including those from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
- Willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
- Acceptance of and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. They will develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
Some of the many ways in which we promote social development at Mansfield Green include:
- Parent Workshops and coffee mornings.
- Educational visits
- Sports competitions
Provision for the cultural development of pupils includes developing their:
- Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others
- Understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures in the school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
- Ability to recognise, and value, the things we share in common across cultural, religious, ethnic and socio-economic communities
- Knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain
- Willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities
- Interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept and respect diversity. This is shown by their respect and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.
Some of the many ways in which we promote cultural development at Mansfield Green include:
- Our curriculum
- Charity focus. eg. Children in Need, Poppy Appeal
- Our school ethos
Below you will find further detail about SMSC development at Mansfield Green E-ACT Primary Academy.