Oxford Academy

SMSC

Rationale of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development at The Oxford Academy 

SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development) is promoted across the entire school curriculum and all aspects of school life.  Our full policy sets out our vision and practice along with our comprehensive SMSC development plan.  This ensures that all students have the opportunity to develop an understanding of right and wrong; an appreciation of the Arts in all their forms and practice the skills and attitudes required for them to participate fully in a democratic society, whilst learning about who they are and how they can relate to the world.

Spiritual Development embraces students’:

  • Ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in 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
  • Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, readily apply this understanding in their own lives and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal laws 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

Moral Development embraces students’:

  • Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, readily apply this understanding in their own lives 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 other on these issues

Social Development embraces students’:

  • Use of a range of skills in different contexts, including worker and socialising with pupils from different religions, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, co-operating 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 of 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.

Cultural development embraces students’:

  • 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 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, ad in continuing to develop Britain
  • Willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities
  • Interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths ad cultural diversity, and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities
  • Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others

Themes to support Assemblies, Tutor time, Thoughts for the Day and Personal Skills Development (PSD)

We operate on a yearly plan where we have broad subjects and themes relating to SMSC, which interweave with Personal Skills Development, Thoughts for the Day, Assemblies and Tutor time discussions where possible. 

Thoughts for the Day

Each week a Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural theme and thought is communicated across the whole school and students are given the opportunity to consider these themes and thoughts as part of their school daily diet.