Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC)
As all of our students are unable to attend mainstream school, we feel that it is a key priority to help them develop into more confident, self-assured, responsible and positive members of society.
We believe that the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development of our students enables them to achieve these aims.
SMSC is developed explicitly through our PSHE/Citizenship programme as well as the Enrichment opportunities on offer to our students. In addition, SMSC is embedded within lessons across the curriculum.
Recent examples of SMSC:
A science discussion on the morals and ethics of cloning.
A celebration of Black History Month.
A visit by a Holocaust survivor.
An essay in English about the loneliness of characters in Of Mice and Men.
A visit to a Careers Fair at the O2 centre in London.
Participation in the end of term Celebration of Achievement.
Discussions arising from controversial topics in RE eg Euthanasia.
Fund raising opportunities for assorted charities including MacMillan Nurses and Red Nose Day.
The aim is to provide something different to the normal classroom experience and enable students to:
- Learn skills they could not acquire in a classroom
- Have opportunities for leadership
- Develop new interests
- Serve the wider community
- Learn to cope with new challenge
Examples of SMSC through Enrichment opportunities
- Some students participate work experience or a vocational programme of their choice at college. Others may attend the local youth club for a day of cookery or music.
- A visit to the London Dungeon as a treat and to encourage socialising and cope with scary moments!
- A film making project in which students create, write, perform, film and edit their own production on anti-smoking.