Spirutual Moral Social Cultural
Aims and Objectives
Brentford School for Girls is committed to providing students with the opportunity to explore fully the spiritual, moral, social and cultural dimension of education with a view to developing in students the ability to be able to reflect, develop, and grow in self-confidence, becoming individuals who appreciate their own and others’ worth.
Brentford School for Girls aims to fulfil its Vision for the Brentford School Girl, developing the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all students.
We ensure that SMSC is promoted and developed suitably through:
- the curriculum, including PSHCE, Citizenship and RE
- extra-curricular activities, including sport clubs, subject clubs and revision classes
- educational trips, visits and other enrichment opportunities
- House and year group assemblies, including standards’ assemblies
- pastoral care and support, including Student Services
- opportunities for ‘student voice’, decision-making and student leadership, including Sixth form and Y11 prefects, the School Council and the Student Leadership Team
We seek to ensure that every student explores fully the SMSC dimension of education through an SMSC Charter.
Defining the SMSC Dimension
To be a developed individual in relation to SMSC may be defined as, but not limited to, students being able to demonstrate the following attributes:
- demonstrating beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s feelings and values
- having a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them, including the intangible
- using their imagination and creativity in learning
- showing a willingness to reflect on their experiences
- their ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and their readiness to apply this understanding in their own lives
- having an understanding of the consequences of their actions
- developing an interest in investigating, and offering reasoned views about, moral and ethical issues
- using a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with students from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
- being willing to participate in a variety of social settings, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
- demonstrating and interest in, and understanding of, the way communities and societies function at a variety of levels
- having an understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage
- being willing to participate in, and respond to, for example, artistic, musical, sporting, mathematical, technological, scientific and cultural opportunities
- fully exploring, understanding, respecting and celebrating cultural diversity as shown by their attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities
These aims are underpinned by our Vision for the Brentford School Girl and are supported through the curriculum, extra-curricular activities, assemblies, the House system and involvement in the wider community. All students are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities in order to enjoy enrichment beyond the curriculum.
An audit of SMSC provision takes place annually in order to map provision and ensure that it fulfils its aims and objectives. This audit includes an examination of schemes of work across the curriculum, including PSHCE and RE, as well as extra-curricular activities. The impact of assemblies, evidence from learning walks and impact of programmes such as Healthy Schools and the ISA will also be considered.
Parental responses to SMSC provision, for example, school ethos, will also be reviewed through stakeholders’ questionnaires after events such as parents’ evenings and through stakeholder surveys.
In order to ensure that every student explores fully the SMSC dimension of education we have developed an SMSC Charter that outlines a student’s core entitlement to such activities that facilitate this aim.
The SMSC Charter has six elements: curriculum, extra-curricular activities, enrichment opportunities, assemblies, pastoral care and support, and student leadership and student voice. The grid below gives examples of how SMSC provision may be provided.
SMSC Charter Element
Example of SMSC Provision
|Student Leadership and Student Voice||
SMSC Student Group
The aim of the student group is to promote SMSC at Brentford. The group meets weekly to identify and discuss the SMSC needs of the school. The group identify actions, strategies and/or campaigns that will positively promote SMSC at Brentford.
Examples of the group’s work includes:
- Issuing SMSC ‘Missions’ at lunchtime. Students are given challenges that are designed to positively promote SMSC (ie: ask someone about their family’s cultural background/smile at someone in school you don’t know)
- Creating posters to promote SMSC in classrooms and corridors across the school
- Delivering assemblies that promote SMSC values
The lively group identified by their pink badges are committed to driving SMSC even further in the right direction at Brentford.