SMSC and British values statement
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural values
At Dudley Infant Academy, Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural values (SMSC) is about developing the whole person. As our pupils move through the academy, we are committed to developing not only their academic standards and levels of achievement, but also their spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness. We aim to provide opportunities for our children to form their own identity; sense of place and purpose, giving them the confidence to question and discover who they are in the world and face the exciting challenges that lie ahead. SMSC is reflected in the behaviours of individuals and in their interactions and also in the provision of teaching, resources and learning environments.
SMSC permeates throughout all aspects of school life and underpins our vision, values and ethos, see examples below.
SMSC development is taught through and reflected in all areas of the curriculum and through all aspects of school life. Pupils are provided with the opportunities to gain in knowledge and understanding and to develop the skills they need to participate in the life of the diverse community in which they live, see examples below.
Where you can find SMSC at Dudley Infant Academy
- The whole academy curriculum
- The Religious Education Curriculum
- The PSHE Curriculum
- Circle Time Activities/class reflection time
- Assemblies/whole school reflection time
- Our Academy Behaviour Policy
- Structured and personalised reward systems
- Extracurricular activities
- Educational visits and enrichment activities
- Pupil Voice (School Council)
- Special days (fundraising, cultural experiences and immersion days)
Children are able to build empathy and develop an understanding of their own and others beliefs. They are able to see beyond themselves and understand that some questions may never be answered. They have first-hand experience of different religions in their community and have opportunity to share similarities and differences. Children will experience opportunities for awe and wonder which encourages them to think and reflect. Pupils will have more confidence in themselves and others. They will have a better insight into what’s right and wrong and will develop an understanding of the consequences of a wrong choice. They will be able to give reasons for things being right and wrong and the consequences of choices on themselves and others. The school will be a positive environment where everyone shows respect for each other. Pupils will look after each other and take leadership seriously. They will accept conflict can happen but will develop skills to resolve them quickly and effectively. Pupils will develop an understanding of the schools and their own values which has a positive impact on their behaviour. Pupils will celebrate each other’s achievements and have opportunity to feel proud of themselves, of others and of the school. Pupils will be able to socialise with a wide range of people from different backgrounds. They will understand the power of collaborative learning and use it as a tool to progress. Pupils will be able to build close relationships and friendships with each other and adults, the community is close knit with a single objective – for us all to become highly successful lifelong learners. Pupil’s voices will be listened to and acted upon and they will feel that they have a say in their school. Children will have a greater awareness of different cultures and people from those cultures. This helps to contribute to a positive school atmosphere where everyone is accepted. Pupils will develop an understanding of the world outside their own and have opportunity to showcase their diverse talents and feel valued for this
The staff work closely with parents, carers and other professionals to ensure that the pupils at Dudley Infant Academy are happy, well cared for and enabled to learn the skills they need to live a fulfilling life as part of their community.
We promote ‘British values’ through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which permeates through the school’s curriculum and supports the development of the ‘whole child’. We recognise that such development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by all the staff and provide a model of behaviour for our pupils. The curriculum in all phases offers broad and balanced opportunities.
‘British Values’ have been identified as: