SMSC Overview

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Policy

CAM believes that the planned promotion of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our children is fundamental to our work in schools. These aspects are closely interconnected and this statement endeavours to identify the planned opportunities offered to our children.

The School is a community within which pupils learn about their personal development. They learn from their relationships with their teachers and other staff and also with each other. They also learn from observing how adults behave with one another and with the pupils. Children learn to care for others, to be generous, kind and respectful. Good experience in personal relationships in early life will make a most important contribution to an understanding of moral and spiritual values when they are older.

A Sample of Whole School Mission:

Cultural – To strive to create a diverse and respectful community with awareness and understanding of cultures, beliefs and values of themselves and others.

Spiritual – To develop and Islamic identity and understanding of spiritual reflection of the world in which we live in and show gratitude towards our creators.

Social – All students should participate and co-operate in order to develop relationships and to create communities to show awareness and knowledge of the society are cultures we live in.

Moral – Pupils to respect moral values and principles in order to promote equality and understanding

What the Aims should be:

Cultural

  1. To develop interpersonal skills with self-discipline
  2. To be able to identify the similarities and differences between beliefs and to develop a positive attitude to different religions
  3. To promote the freedom of choices within a democratic society
  4. To have an understanding of the importance of tolerance and multiculturalism
  5. To have an awareness of and respect of British heritage and culture

Spiritual

  1. To strive for peace and tranquillity and to live in harmony within ourselves within ourselves and with others
  2. Awareness of oneself and role in society
  3. To be aware and recognise the purpose of our life and existence
  4. Developing an environment and Islamic ethos within which all people can grow and flourish, respect others and be respected

Social

  1. To become a law abiding active citizen and participate responsibly in a democratic society
  2. To develop skill and help them make the right decision whilst being aware of the consequences
  3. To develop knowledge and understanding of our rights and responsibilities
  4. To show social responsibility and have the ability to resolve conflict

Moral

  1. To express their views and practise moral decision making
  2. To differentiate between right and wrong
  3. To respect and have consideration for morals and values of different communities and belief
  4. Taking responsibility for one’s own actions and the impact on others
  5. To have the confidence, mind-set and ability to uphold your moral values

For example:

Spiritual Development

This area relates to the beliefs, feelings and emotions through which pupils acquire worthwhile insights into their own lives and all areas of the curriculum may contribute to the pupils’ spiritual development. Although education and spiritual development are not synonymous, religious education can make a significant contribution to spiritual development. At the School the pupils will be provided with opportunities to develop their spiritual understanding by experiencing a curriculum which will:

  • Allow them to develop a range of personal values, which include a religious (Islamic) belief
  • Allow them to consider the deeper meanings in familiar features of the natural world and their own experiences – develop a sense of curiosity through reflection on their own and other people’s lives and beliefs
  • Pupils are taught to understand and appreciate the different opinions of the existence of the world
  • Develop their self-esteem and self-knowledge and belief in themselves
  • Encourage the development of relationships and the need to show empathy for others
  • Allow them to express themselves in a variety of ways and give them time to reflect on their own experiences
  • Explore the values of others for example in stories, drama, art and religious education
  • Allow them to understand, express, use and control feelings and emotions
  • Explore and encourage respect for beliefs of other people in the wider community

Some of the ways in which Spiritual Development is nurtured at the School are:

  • Educational visits, to expose pupils to a range of experiences, which may promote a sense of awe and wonder
  • Achievement certificates, stickers and awards to develop the pupils’ self esteem
  • Pupil led assemblies
  • Pupils are encouraged to work as advocates for less able pupils and with supervision to support younger pupils
  • The PSHE programme which develops self-esteem and knowledge (SEAL)
  • Elected Student Council for pupils to advocate their views and concerns
  • Displays of pupils’ work
  • Supervised and filtered access to the Internet
  • Theme of the Week
  • Islamic Assemblies
  • Islamic dress code
  • Quran and Hadith lessons
  • Comparative religion in KS4 Religious Studies
  • Assemblies on festivals of other religions
  • Parents are encouraged to teach practices at home
  • Shura Council
  • Islamic Ethos policy is adhered all members of staff and pupils
  • School Council
  • Charity Events e.g. fundraisers
  • Community Projects
  • Books on other religions and cultures in Library and Classes
  • Prefects monitoring Salah

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