SMSC at Trafalgar
Article 29 (Goals of education): Education should encourage children to respect others, human rights and their own and other cultures.
SMSC is the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education of students and is at the heart of life at Trafalgar School, represented in our school values and embedded throughout our curriculum. Relational practice enables the building and maintaining of positive relationships to ensure students become active members of both their local and global communities.
Our school environment celebrates our entire community and recognizes our differences in a positive way.
- giving students the opportunity to explore values and beliefs, including religious beliefs, and the way in which they impact on peoples’ lives;
- giving students the opportunity to understand human feelings and emotions, the way they impact on people and how an understanding of them can be helpful;
- developing a climate or ethos within which everyone can grow and flourish, respect others and be respected;
- accommodating difference and respecting the integrity of individuals;
- encouraging a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them;
use of imagination and creativity in their learning.
- enabling students to recognise the difference between right and wrong, using this as a basis for behaviour which is promoted consistently through all aspects of the school;
- helping students to understand the consequences of their behaviour and actions;
- developing an open and safe learning environment in which children can express their views and practise moral decision-making;
- promoting positive behaviour, values and expectations;
- modelling, through the quality of relationships and interactions, fairness, integrity, respect for others and resolution of conflict.
- engaging with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance
- using of a range of social skills in different contexts, for example co-operating, working and socialising with other students
- fostering a sense of community, with common, inclusive values;
- providing positive collective experiences – for example, through assemblies, team activities, residential experiences, school productions;
- helping students to develop personal qualities which are valued in society, for example, thoughtfulness, honesty, respect for difference, moral principles, independence, inter-dependence and self-respect;
- providing opportunities for engaging in the democratic process and participating in community life e.g. school council;
- helping others through volunteering and raising money for charity;
- providing positive and effective links with the world of work and the wider community.
- appreciating and exploring the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped our own heritage and that of others
- valuing the things we share in common across cultural, religious, ethnic communities;
- promoting racial, religious and other forms of equality;
- recognising and celebrating the different cultures represented in the school and wider community;
- willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities.