Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural

Parents, Teachers, Governors and students all agree that school is more than learning the curriculum. Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development is the term used to embrace this broader dimension. It ranges from teaching in RE, and Citizenship through to assemblies, charity work, cultural awareness events, KS3 Drop Down Days, visiting speakers and a wide range of extra curricular and out of school activities. All National Curriculum subjects provide opportunities to promote students' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. A significant contribution is also made by the school ethos based on commitment to success, effective relationships throughout the school, collective worship, and other curriculum activities.

Spiritual development

Students' spiritual development involves the growth of their sense of self, their unique potential, their understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, and their will to achieve. As their curiosity about themselves and their place in the world increases, they try to answer for themselves some of life's fundamental questions. They develop the knowledge skills, understanding, qualities and attitudes they need to foster their own inner lives and non-material wellbeing.

Moral development

Students' moral development involves students acquiring an understanding of the difference between right and wrong and of moral conflict, a concern for others and the will to do what is right. They are able and willing to reflect on the consequences of their actions and learn how to forgive themselves and others. They develop the knowledge, skills and understanding, qualities and attitudes they need in order to make responsible moral decisions and act on them.

Social development

Students' social development involves students acquiring an understanding of the responsibilities and rights of being members of families and communities (local, national and global), and an ability to relate to others and to work with others for the common good. They display a sense of belonging and an increasing willingness to participate. They develop the knowledge, skills, understanding, qualities and attitudes needed to make an active contribution to the democratic process in each of their communities.

Cultural development

Students' cultural development involves students acquiring an understanding of cultural traditions and an ability to appreciate and respond to a variety of aesthetic experiences. They acquire a respect for their own culture and that of others, an interest in others' ways of doing things and curiosity about differences. They develop the knowledge, skills, understanding, qualities and attitudes needed to understand, appreciate and contribute to culture.

SMSC Opportunities at Redden Court School

  • Weekly Assemblies linked to a theme with a spiritual, moral, social and cultural basis.
  • A weekly quiz is provided for form tutors focusing on news stories of the week.
  • Student Voice Charities - Junior Leadership Team have selected a set of charities to support this year. These charities include Help for Heroes, St Francis Hospice etc.
  • Year 11 visit to Queen's Theatre - Safe Drive Stay Alive
  • Year 7 Prayer Spaces. Year 7 to take part in curriculum time; rest of school invited at break and lunchtimes
  • Trips to Parliament
  • The importance of SMSC is encouraged across all subjects, but especially so in CRE
  • Speak out challenge.
  • Debating club.
  • Trips to Iceland,Italy,France and Spain.
  • Language Clubs.
  • Rainbow Nation.
  • Film Club.
  • Drop Down Days for Years 7 and 8.