Rationale of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development at Dartford Science and Technology College
SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development) is promoted across the entire school curriculum and all aspects of school life. We aim to ensure that all students have the opportunity to develop an understanding of right and wrong and practise the skills and attitudes required for them to participate fully in a democratic society.
Spiritual development encompasses students’:
- ability to think about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that gives them a perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values
- be creative and imaginative in their learning
- willingness to reflect on their experiences in and out of the classroom.
Moral development encompasses students’:
- understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions
- to be able to see the difference between right and wrong, apply this understanding in their own lives and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England
- interest in moral and ethical issues including current affairs, and being able to show empathy to others.
Social development allows students to:
- use of a range of social skills in and out of class to interact with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
- participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
- accept and engage 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; the pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
Cultural development encompasses students’:
- 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
- understanding and appreciation of the different cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others
- interest in current affairs and global issues
SMSC is embedded within the general ethos of our school community and co-operative values and promoted through:
- Our citizenship lessons
- All curriculum subjects
- Our daily tutor time
- Thoughts for the day
- Assembly Programme
- Drop down/enrichment days
- Fundraising and Charity work
- Student leadership programme
Citizenship lessons play a key role in promoting SMSC however every curriculum area ensures it contributes to SMSC. For example:
English. Develops confidence and expertise in language, which is an important aspect of individual and social identity
Maths. Enables pupils to acknowledge the important contribution made to Mathematics by non–‐western cultures.
Science. Encourages pupils to reflect on the wonder of the natural world and raise awareness of the ways that science and technology can affect society and the environment;
The school is currently auditing it’s SMSC provision.
Assemblies/Thought for the Week
Each week during tutor time students are given the opportunity to consider a thought with a spiritual, moral, social or cultural theme.
Topics include: Self-help, Hope, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Peace and Democracy. These messages are reinforced during assemblies. We operate on a yearly plan where we have broad subject areas relating to SMSC, delivered through Thoughts for the Day, Article of the week and Tutor discussions and Assemblies each week. The whole school community is informed of this plan through Social media, the school website and through delivery in form time.
Full details of our assembly themes and thought for the week can be found on the DSTC Assembly Calendar. (We can publish the calendar on the website)
Drop down days/Enrichment days.
Throughout the year DSTC students have the opportunity to explore a range of SMSC topics that are effecting the changing environment around them.
These include: Multi-faith days, Drug and Alcohol awareness and RE days.
Year 7 will be visiting the Sutton Life Centre in South London in November 2015. The Sutton Life Centre is a unique, state of the art educational and community facility in South London promoting good citizenship, personal safety and the environment.
DSTC remains committed to fundraising and promotes SMSC through its charity work. Most recently our year 7 students took part in a Zumba session to raise money for Lepra. Other charity events have supported the following:
Porchlight . (Social Equality Charity) and Cancer research.
Promotes SMSC through:
- Head girl/deputy head girl
- Form/tutor reps
- Sports captains
- School council