Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education

The SMSC curriculum will include guided workshops for students across all key stages where the purpose will be to raise awareness on issues surrounding extremism.  Teaching will focus on:

  • understanding identity and belonging;
  • understanding propaganda techniques used to recruit young people into extremist ideology and activities;
  • the benefits and potential harm of social media, including how to safeguard yourself.

British values themselves and SMSC will be taught explicitly through Citizenship, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Religious Education (RE) lessons delivered at KS3 and KS4.  This will be complemented by a broad and balanced curriculum where every department will clearly identify their role in reinforcing these key areas as part of their six week cycle planning.

For example, the Computing Department will run an E-Safety course with all Year 7 students to raise their awareness of how to keep themselves safe online; issues around cyber bullying; exploring the dangers of online grooming and trolling; and the social implications of technology in sharing and communicating information.

Furthermore, daily assemblies and a ‘registration’ curriculum alongside our whole school systems and structures will actively promote both SMSC and British Values.