British Values / SMSC
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development, including British Values.
The Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of our pupils has always been at the heart of the education offered in Delta Academies. Our Academies’ approach to SMSC is embedded in the Delta ethos of mutual respect, partnership working and collaboration; an approach that we believe is fundamental to a full and positive participation in life in modern Britain.
Examples of how fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, are actively promoted at Rowena Academy include:
- Our Academy Vision statement;
- Pupil Voice activities;
- Citizenship lessons;
- Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE);
- Religious Education (RE) lessons;
- Healthy Schools initiatives;
- Discussion within curriculum subjects;
- After school clubs;
- Charity work;
- Themes days and weeks;
- Educational visits and other Learning Outside the Classroom;
- Sporting events.
Throughout the year at Rowena we celebrate being part of Britain by learning about events such as Remembrance Day, Amnesty Day and St George’s Day. In addition, we always take part in key British events such as the Royal Wedding, the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee. For such events we hold parades, street parties and sports days; and talk about how these relate to being British.
At Rowena Academy pupils and staff fundraise throughout the year for various charities such as Comic Relief, Sports Relief, Children in Need, The Royal British Legion, Action Aid, and Samaritans Purse. We at Rowena see this as an important part of our social and environmental commitment to helping local, national and international charitable organisations.
At Rowena Academy we promote British Values in the following ways:
The Rule of Law:
At Rowena Academy there is a strong emphasis on high quality team work, which creates a strong sense of belonging. This is a community where people genuinely care for each other and everyone's contribution is valued. All staff and children play a significant part in helping everyone succeed. Everyone contributes to creating an extremely positive environment where children feel happy, secure and keen to learn. Children grow in confidence and self-belief as all at the Academy are encouraged in the belief, expressed in our vision statement that, 'Hand in Hand together we can!'
Pupils are taught about the importance of rules and every pupil is involved in reviewing and rewriting a set of Academy 'Golden Rules', playground rules and safety rules at the beginning of the year. As a result of their involvement pupils demonstrate a sense of ownership of the rules and follow them at all times. Pupils are taught about the importance of rules and laws and how they are put in place to protect us and keep us safe.
At Rowena Academy children are responsible for electing the members of our Academy Council. Every pupil has a voice that is listened to and they demonstrate how democracy works by actively promoting the democratic process and voting for the Academy Council members. The Academy Council members meet on a regular basis to discuss current issues and then report back to their class.
At Rowena we help pupils to understand the rights and responsibilities they have as members of society. We aim to provide important opportunities for pupils to develop understandings about their world and gain confidence in skills such as learning to think and discuss. Pupils are actively encouraged to make their own choices, knowing that they are in a safe learning environment.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
At Rowena Academy we recognise the importance of Religious Education to develop pupil’s sense of value and identity allowing each child a sense of belonging within society. Pupils are encouraged to develop a sense of value of other people and a respect for moral and legal obligations, fairness and justice. We hold various religious festival days and use a wide variety of resources to help pupils understand and respect a range of faiths and beliefs.
At Rowena Academy we provide pupils with learning opportunities through which they can be taught the knowledge, skills and understanding to take responsibility for themselves, show respect for others and to develop the self-awareness and confidence needed for life. Our Academy ethos and behaviour policy underpins how we expect each pupil to respect the feelings of others. The children take an active role in maintaining the high standards of behaviour and pride in their school and its environment through their roles as Class and Academy Councillors, Rowena Rangers, Playground Leaders and the Green Team.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
We support the spiritual development of our pupils to enable them to develop their:
- 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; and
- willingness to reflect on their experiences.
We support the moral development of our pupils to enable them to develop their:
- ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, and to 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; and
- 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.
We support the social development of our pupils to enable them to develop their:
- use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils 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 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.
We support the cultural development of our pupils to enable them to develop 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 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, and 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 and cultural diversity,
- tolerance towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.
Through the range of activities offered we aim to enable our pupils to develop their:
- self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
- their acceptance of responsibility for their behaviour;
- their understanding of how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality in which the Academy is situated and to society more widely;
- respect for their own and other cultures;
- respect for other people, with particular regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010; and
- respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process.
These are the skills and attitudes we believe will allow our pupils to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.