Social, Moral, spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) Provision at Tabor?

At Tabor School our aim to create a safe, secure and rigorous learning environment in which all members of our school community can achieve their best exemplifies our holistic approach to the importance of the development of every aspect of SMSC.  Student experiences and curriculum ensure that our students are well rounded and conscientious individuals.

We aim to ensure:

  • That the local and school community are aware of our values and principles
  • A consistent approach to the delivery of SMSC issues through the curriculum and school life
  • We know every student and ensure that their education is meaningful and appropriate to their age, aptitude and background
  • That students have a good understanding of their responsibilities within Tabor community of be in the ‘Right place’, at the ‘Right time’, doing the ‘Right’

We recognise that the development of students, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally not only plays a crucial part both in our student’s ability to learn and achieve but in their ability to relate fully to the world we live in.

All curriculum areas plan for and contribute to every student’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and opportunities. Through our curriculum we aim to provide an education that provides our students with the opportunity to explore and develop their own values, whilst recognising and accepting that those of others may differ.

We explore beliefs, spiritual awareness and ensure that high standards of personal behaviour including a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures are all critical skills and dispositions that we nurture, encourage and develop through our school and community wide curriculum.

All students’ exhibit high standards of personal behavior this includes showing a caring and positive attitude towards others and making an effort to understand the social and cultural traditions of others. The ability to learn from and appreciate the diversity and richness of other cultures are all critical skills that are nurtured and fostered within all our students across the school and community wide curriculum.

All staff model and promote socially responsible behaviour, treating all people as valuable individuals, showing respect and kindness to students, their families and the community. We ensure that students learn to differentiate between right and wrong in as far as their actions affect other people and encourage them to value themselves and others.

We promote the understanding of students’ rights and acceptance of their responsibilities and the need to respect the rights of others. Tabor School rules and Anti-Bullying systems promote responsible behaviour. All curriculum areas seek to use illustrations and examples drawn from as wide a range of cultural contexts as possible. This is reflected in the teacher’s planning and learning resources.

Through Form, assemblies and the wider community we provide students with the opportunity to:

  • Share their achievements and successes with others
  • Discuss personal experiences and feelings
  • Express and explore their own ideas and beliefs
  • Speak about difficult events, e.g. bullying, death etc
  • Explore different relationships with friends/family/others
  • Demonstrate empathy and consider the needs and behaviour of others
  • Develop self-esteem and a respect for others
  • Develop a sense of belonging
  • Develop the skills and attitudes that enable children to develop socially, morally, spiritually and culturally e.g. empathy, respect, open-mindedness, sensitivity, critical awareness etc.

SMSC Opportunities

Spiritual Development

Sustain their self-esteem in their learning experience

Develop their capacity for critical and independent thought

Foster their emotional life and express their feelings

Experience moments of stillness and reflection

Discuss their beliefs, feelings, values and responses to personal experiences

Reflect on, consider and celebrate the wonders and mysteries of life

Moral Development

Recognise the unique value of every individual – it’s good to be different

Listen and respond appropriately to the views of others

Gain the confidence to cope with setbacks and learn from mistakes

Take initiative and act responsibly with consideration for others

Know the difference between right and wrong and take action for justice

Show respect for others and the for the school and community environment

Make informed and independent judgements and decisions

Social Development

Develop an understanding of their individual and group identity

Helping others in the school and wider community

Develop leadership skills and contribute to the community

Help others through volunteering

Support others through charity work

Build and develop networks within the community

Cultural Development

Recognise the value and richness of cultural diversity within Tabor, the local community and Britain

Recognise and value individual differences that make a person unique

Develop an understanding of the UK’s local, national, European, Commonwealth and global community

Develop an understanding and awareness of life in modern Britain

All curriculum areas provide opportunities to:

  • Listen and talk to each other.
  • Develop an awareness of treating all as equals, accepting people who are different because of   physical and learning difficulties
  • Agree and disagree
  • Experience and observe good role models
  • Take turns and share ideas and give peers the opportunity to contribute
  • Work co-operatively and collaboratively

Practical activities to develop SMSC across the school will include:

  • Working together in different groupings and situations
  • Taking responsibility e.g. School Council, leading assembly, Student Ambassador, Reading Buddies and Prom Committee.
  • Encouraging teamwork in all group activities
  • Showing appreciation of the performances of other children regardless of ability
  • Meeting people from different cultures and countries
  • Participation in a variety of different educational visits
  • Participation in shows and performances
  • Use of assembly themes to explore important aspects of our heritage, other cultures and individual differences e.g. festival days, the Patron Saints, themed awareness and national celebrations
  • Visits from writers, inspirational speakers & businesses and participating in workshops
  • Opportunities for the students to visit the theatre and see live performances by professional actors, dancers and musicians
  • Studying the contributions to society that certain famous, historical and influential people have made
Links with the wider community

  • Visitors are welcomed into our school

The development of strong home-school communication is regarded as very important, enabling parents/carers and teachers to work in an effective partnership to support the children

  • Students appreciate and take responsibility for their local environment
  • Liaison with local Primary schools to support the primary curriculum

Monitoring and evaluation

Provision for SMSC is monitored and reviewed on a regular basis via:

  • Monitoring of teaching and learning and work scrutiny by CTLs / ATL / YCT/ SLT / Headteacher/ CEO and governors
  • Discussions at staff, SLT and governors’ meetings
  • Audit of the school curriculum the school’s approach to collective reflection
  • Regular student voice

We firmly believe that the effective provision and delivery of a curriculum that serves to accomplish all aspects of SMSC development will ensure our students develop the skills they need to achieve success and fulfilment in life.