Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education
Kemnal Technology College recognises that students need to develop both academically and personally. To achieve this goal the college has an extensive Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural programme within the curriculum and through extra-curricular activities. The programme aims to provide the students with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures.
All members of staff at the college model expected behaviours, treating all people as individuals and showing respect for students and their families. Students at the college learn to differentiate between ‘right and wrong’ in as far as their actions affect other members of the community, and to respect the rights of others in the college. Students are encouraged to value themselves and others at the college.
SMSC and OFSTED
The Ofsted Inspection Framework says (Sep 2012):
Evidence of pupils’ Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development can be found, for example, where pupils:
- are reflective about beliefs, values and more profound aspects of human experience, using their imagination and creativity, and developing curiosity in their learning
- develop and apply an understanding of right and wrong in their school life and life outside school
- take part in a range of activities requiring social skills
- develop awareness of and respect for diversity in relation to gender, race, religion and belief, culture, sexual orientation and disability
- gain a well-informed understanding of the options and challenges facing them as they move through the school and on to the next stage of their education and training
- develop an appreciation of theatre, music, art and literature
- develop the skills and attitudes to enable them to participate fully and positively in democratic modern Britain
Students develop spiritually by having:
- 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
- The sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
- The use of imagination and creativity in their learning
- The willingness to reflect on their experiences at the college
Students develop morally by:
- Showing their ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, readily apply this understanding in their own lives and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England
- Understanding the consequences of their behaviour and actions
- Demonstrating an appreciation of moral and ethical issues.
Students develop socially by:
- Using a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
- Showing a 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
- An 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
Students develop culturally by:
- Demonstrating an appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others
- Recognise the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
- Having a knowledge of Britain's democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain
- Having a willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities
- Showing an 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 their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.