Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development
SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural. All schools in England must show how well their students develop in SMSC.
Explore beliefs and experience; respect values; discover oneself and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
Recognise right and wrong; respect the civil and criminal law of England; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
Use social skills in different contexts; work well with others; resolve conflicts; understand how communities work; contribute positively to life in modern Britain
Appreciate cultural influences; knowledge of Britain's democratic parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
To continue to provide an ‘outstanding’ level of promotion of SMSC where:
‘The very strong promotion of students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development ensures that they thrive in the supportive and highly cohesive learning community. High aspirations, outstanding teaching and the rich curriculum result in outstanding achievement.’
‘The extensive enrichment programme allows many students to take on responsibilities and to broaden their experience. The daily two minutes of quiet reflection and many other well-planned curriculum opportunities enable students to frequently consider spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues.’
‘The high degree of cooperation and mutual respect shown between boys and girls, and students of all abilities and ethnicities, makes an exceptional contribution to the quality of the learning environment. The orderly conduct and collaborative relationships encourage students to express themselves and to listen to each other.’ OfSTED Inspection Moor End Academy 2012
The Academy aims to:
achieve excellence for each individual in learning and personal development. In order to realise this, our primary aim is to provide a safe, exciting and active environment for learning that:
- encourages the development of self awareness and confidence whilst at the same time promoting sensitivity, support, appreciation and respect for others;
• provides the learning opportunities that lead to continuous improvement in achievement;
• recognises and rewards all achievement;
• allows all students to share positive experiences, to feel valued and to enjoy their life at the Academy;
• assists individuals to develop the skills and knowledge needed for their current and future roles within society;
• encourages parental and community involvement in all aspects of the life of the Academy.
In addition, we encourage the development of the whole person through:
- encouraging students to become confident and positive contributors to their community;
• providing opportunities to develop an awareness of our own and other cultures in the
• ensuring that students appreciate racial and cultural diversity and help to prevent racism;
• encouraging and promoting a wide range of inclusive extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities and experiences.
All faculty areas provide opportunities to promote students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. All staff have a duty to promote and contribute to the:
- immediate school community;
• community within which the school is located (geographical community);
• UK community;
• global community (EU & international links).
An annual Community Report to Governors evidences where these links occur across the Academy.
Ethos of the Academy
Moor End Academy is a caring academy with highly skilled, well qualified and experienced staff. We have supportive governors and an excellent track record of success at all levels. We are an academy where order, discipline and respect for ourselves and others are the key to a happy and safe learning environment.
We expect the highest standards of achievement, behaviour, attendance, punctuality and appearance from our students. We believe that our academy provides the ideal environment for our students to reach their potential in all subject areas. Achievements are celebrated by rewarding good work, effort and behaviour through praise stamps, postcards, certificates and a major award ceremony.
We believe that education should be challenging, interesting and enjoyable, and should develop the increasingly wide range of skills and abilities that young people need for their future whether it be further education or employment. It is our responsibility to ensure that students have a happy academy life and have opportunity to succeed. Parents/carers are central to our ethos and building effective partnerships with parent and carers is essential.
We are committed to providing our students with the education they need to become confident, articulate, independent learners and thinkers who are ready to take their place in the demanding world of the 21st century. Through the provision of high quality learning opportunities, both in the classroom and outside, we demonstrate our determination to create active, healthy, informed and responsible citizens of tomorrow.
The Academy recognises that its strong links promoting the confidence and engagement of parents/carers supports the learning and progress made by its students. Moor End engages with parents/carers in a wide variety of ways, both formal and informal, exploiting many different forms of communication. We invite constructive feedback both orally and in writing and raise aspirations and remove barriers by giving parents/carers useful and frequent information about how their child is progressing. We also recognise the importance of showing parents/carers how they can support learning at home both face-to-face and through our VLE, and provide them with opportunities to extend their own learning and career prospects. Parents/carers are invited into the academy regularly to discuss their child’s progress. Through regular communication and an ‘open door’ policy, we aim to share responsibility for students’ development in all aspects of their learning and growth.
Student Support System
The Student Support System underpins the development in students a sense of values and the concept of moral behaviour. Students need clear rules and boundaries for their behaviour and the Student Support System, through the Home-School Agreement, Positive Discipline Policy, tutor and STaRs programme, provides this for students within the framework of the curriculum and Tutor Groups, through which students learn to value relationships, share problems and help each other. Where students have particular problems, the Heads of Year and Tutors are able to offer help, guidance and advice, if necessary, calling in other colleagues, agencies and professionals. The Heads of Year and Tutors work together to tackle bullying and other issues, helping students to appreciate what values underpin a decent society.
An annual faculty audit is conducted to map provision of SMSC across the Curriculum; annual faculty ‘enrichment plans’ are published, mapping extra-curricular opportunities and experiences for all students and groups, including those linked to transition, community and employer engagement and parental/stakeholder engagement – all of which form part of our SMSC coverage.
All subjects make a contribution to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of young people. The tutor programme and STaRS deliver this explicitly.
Key Stage 3 students learn about the six major world religions as part of the STaRS curriculum.
These students are also given the opportunity to visit local places of worship which include St Peter’s Parish Church, Vajrapani Buddhist Centre, Hindu Mandir, Guru Nanak Gurdwara and Masjid Ghausia.
The tutor programme and ‘Thought for the Week’ combined, offer students the opportunity to explore and share beliefs, consider the importance of spiritual issues, meditation and silence and to think about the needs of others and develop a sense of community. Assemblies also provide an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of members of the community that are held to be of worth.
At Moor End, assemblies are taken on a rota basis by Heads of Year and SLT. The approach is varied but collectively offers a wide but coordinated basis for spiritual, social and cultural moral development. They frequently look at relationships, role models of particular individuals, and wider issues of world problems, as well as some being directly spiritual in their nature. Heads of Year use assemblies to reward achievement by awarding praise stamp certificates and public commendations for punctuality and attendance, reinforcing our core values. Assemblies are occasionally student-led, allowing students the opportunity to develop responsibility, communication skills and personal development. Students are encouraged to take on responsibility, and leadership roles including: Student Leaders, Prefects, Head Girl/Boy, Sports and House Leaders. The PSHE programme maps and records the theme of the assembly and its SMSC context.
Awareness & Fund-raising
Charity work is valuable in reinforcing much that is important in the spiritual, cultural and moral aspects of school life. It raises awareness and develops an understanding and appreciation of a variety of cultures and beliefs. It develops well informed and open attitudes to cultural diversity. It reminds individuals of the needs of others and gives them the opportunity to involve themselves in fund-raising, through self denial, behaviour, active collecting, sponsored efforts etc. It also helps to develop community spirit from working together and celebrating achievements in terms of funds collected and given to worthy causes. We actively support national and international fund raising days along with support for local charities and community groups (often inspired by our students’ connection to them). An annual report is published summarising our awareness/fund-raising over the academic year, together with a plan for the forthcoming year, to ensure balance and equitability across the breadth of charitable organisations and to ensure that we are sensitive to the socio-economic circumstances of our families.
Moor End Academy has worked with a range of its key stakeholders to produce the ‘Inspire ME’ Award, developed to support and motivate our students to achieve academically and participate fully in the life of the Academy, according to their potential.
As part of our vision for students to work positively and excel in all aspects of Academy life, we have included an opportunity for students to work towards a national award that recognises students’ support for their community. ‘vInspired’ is a national non-profit organisation that encourages young people to take up opportunities to do good things. Through the ‘vInspired’ website, we encourage students to improve their CV and get recognition for their volunteering. Students who complete the v10, log their hours on the website and receive their certificate as part of our annual Awards Ceremony at the Town Hall, Huddersfield. In addition, the Year 9 cohort work towards the Giving Nation Challenge, an annual national competition run by the Citizenship Foundation. Our Student Leaders submit an annual application to the Speaker’s School Council Awards and are involved in the work of Kirklees Youth Council, Make Your Mark and other nationally recognised ‘citizenship’ organisations. The Academy has acquired many kite marks and standards in recognition of its delivery of SMSC, including the Cultural Diversity Gold Award, British Council’s International School Award and the CEIAG.