PSHE (SMSC) at Academica Mentoring
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and education is a key part of both the core and extended curriculum at AM. Every opportunity is taken for students to be reflective about their own beliefs and others’, develop a moral purpose, use and develop a range of social skills and understand and respect a full range of cultural influences.
Some of the many ways we promote the development of these areas are:
- A diverse and constantly updated enrichment curriculum (please see full timetable) which should run from 3-5pm every day. The enrichment curriculum includes extensive careers information, advice and guidance that includes financial education delivered through partnerships with organisations and companies.
- Daily assemblies and reflections covering current affairs, historical events, politics, religion and financial literacy.
- A range of guest speakers representing different backgrounds, sectors, religions, values and communities (please see full rota for guest speakers) to develop cultural literacy.
- Close work with the the Community who work with local residents and their families and provide extra-curricular activities open to all of our students
- Cross-Curricular coverage of the following topics in Science: sex and relationship education, drug education
- Cross-curricular coverage of the following topics in PE, Gastronomy and French: importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle
- Through engagement with the local community with local residents invited into school for community lunch and students making afternoon tea for local elderly residents.
- A wide range of school trips (students on average take part in a school trip at least once every 3 weeks)
- Opportunities for student leadership including House Ambassadors, Head Girl and Head Boy and Student Librarians.
- A relentless focus and understanding of our school values which are constantly and consistently referred to and encouraged.
- A focus on British values with family style dining at lunchtimes with a range of professional visitors who are invited to the school to dine with the students for community lunch on a Friday.
- Students volunteering projects to support other members of the community. e.g. students reading with parents and visitors.
For further information please review the links below:
Guidance on preparing to teach about mental health and emotional wellbeing
Guidance and lessons plans for schools on preparing to teach about mental health and emotional wellbeing.