The social development is shown by the

 

use of a range of social skills in different contexts, for example working and socialising with others, including those from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds

willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively

acceptance and engagement 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 development of and ability to demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow the full participation of and positive contribution to life in modern Britain.

The moral development is shown by the

 

ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to readily apply this understanding in their own lives,

recognise legal boundaries and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England
understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions
interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and ability to understand

and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.

THE SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT IS SHOWN BY THE

ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings, and values

sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others, and the world around them

use of imagination and creativity in their learning

willingness to reflect on their experiences.

 

 

THE CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT IS SHOWN BY THE

 

understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others

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.

knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain

willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities

interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by  tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socioeconomic groups in the local, national and global communities.

use of imagination and creativity in their learning

 

 

 

BENEFITS OF SMSC

 

Having an understanding of the components of these four strands and implementing them in a meaningful way SMSC can.

 

 → raise aspirations

 

 → develop empathy

 

 → deepen spirituality

 

 → connect with communities

 

→ learn human virtues

 

→ practice human virtues

 

→ develop values of compassion, hope, faith and forgiveness

 

→ develop values that challenge individuals beyond the material world.

 

SMSC is all around us, it is part of the decisions we make and is the result of decisions made that influence us too. It can be quiet and subtle through reflection or overt and loud through campaigning to make a change. No one is excluded from being part of SMSC as it is part of you and is part of everyone and everything else. You are Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural.

 

To begin developing your understanding of your SMSC journey read my blog posts and the actionable steps at the beginning. Each post relates directly to an area of the curriculum or school life family life and the corporate world reinforcing the idea that SMSC is for everyone.

 

I would love to hear your thoughts what works for you and anything else you would like me to blog on.

 

Collaboration~Love~Community

My mantra or message that I am working with now is Collaboration – Love – Community.  At its core this means if we work together, we will work towards harmony between people and build stronger communities.

 

My SMSC work is at the core of this.  Working towards creating better SMSC provision in schools and that is still very much part of what I am continuing to do.   This is what my ebook, courses, and my flagship course is centred on.

 

As part of my long-term goals I want to bring SMSC out of schools and into family life.  Learning does not stop at the classroom door, and young people who are the future of our nation and world deserve to have their learning continued and developed.  I am also super conscious of dare I say “ignorance” that exists in our society about others who are different to us and the negative connotations that come from that.  Simply how we respond to people who believe something different to us at times is shocking, people’s behaviour and how they express themselves is at times scary.  There isn’t a simple solution but I have some very specific ideas about what I want to try and incorporate into family life so people are used to discussing topics ideas and beliefs with each other in a quest to learn more, gain tolerance knowledge and understanding.  I want to bridge that gap that school may have missed out and continue the important learning process for young people.

 

Moving on I have plans to incorporate SMSC into a corporate sphere.  We live in a “global village”, and we need to know about people in other cultures, races, religions, and every other demographic in between.   I have an even bigger mission to speak directly to HR or CEO’s of organisations and work with them to develop a culture of SMSC.  I am planning on what this SMSC framework will look like.  There are no negatives only absolute benefits for everyone involved from both a macro and micro perspective.     Don’t just watch this space get in touch and continue your own SMSC journey with my support.

 

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Contents

  1. Theme for the month/week
  2. Topical or world event
  3. SMSC reflection questions
  4. Suggestions on how to include SMSC in curriculum subjects (a different subject each time)
  5. Suggestions on how to include SMSC in outside the curriculum
  6. Sharing good practice (suggestions and ideas from others)
  7. How can I help you? Q&A – Reminder of Global Collaboration opportunities in your school.
  8. Next newsletter…
  9. Quiz