SMSC, Careers, Citizenship & PSHEE

SMSC

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.

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Careers Education

All students will study a comprehensive careers programme throughout their time at KTC. 

This begins in Year 7 where they will have careers lessons within the Wednesday afternoon Citizenship/ PSHEE lessons where they will learn about their own personal skills and qualities as well as key skills. In Year 8 we look at the types of jobs on offer as well as researching career ideas. A careers library is available to all students in the Learning Resource Centre.

From Year 9 - 13 students will be able to sign on to a web based careers programme – KUDOS Inspire- http://www.cascaid.co.uk/kudosinspire . This is an independent and impartial computer programme which matches their skills and likes and dislikes to job ideas. It gives up to date information on careers, qualifications, pay and working conditions. CVs can also be written using this programme. Starting in Year 9 in ICT this resource is available for use anywhere by students and their parents.

Another website https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk is also a very useful resource for parents and students.

The options programme where Year 9 students choose their subject choices for KS4 commences in the Spring term of Year 9. Booklets are sent home advising of subject pathways and choices and all parents and student are invited into school for an interview by the Leadership team.

Year 9 also receive careers lessons in decision making, team work, qualifications and economic awareness. Personal Finance sessions are also held at the end of the year.

A careers week is held annually in the Autumn term where all Year 9 and 11 students receive advice within each subject area of why the subject is important and where it can lead to in the future.

KS4

Year 10 students receive careers lessons on writing CVs, interviewing techniques, selecting and getting a job as well as economic awareness. Personal Finance sessions are also held at the end of the year.

Off timetable events such as Dragons Pen, Skills for Work days and a Careers Fayre are held throughout the year.

Year 10 students can request an interview with the Careers Advisor at any time.

All Year 11 students are offered an interview with the Careers Advisor to advise of future options, college and 6th form applications and help with choosing courses and careers for the future. Students and parents can request an interview at any time with the careers advisor.  Please see the attached letter (sent home to all year 11 parents/ carers) for information on what to do in Year 11 for future options.  Students also receive lessons on completing application forms, options available to them and labour market information as well as more help on CVs and apprenticeships. Assemblies are held and information evenings regarding joining the sixth form.

KS5

Students have unlimited access to the careers advisor, through their form tutor, and resources in the Learning Resource Centre. Year 12 students will take part in the work experience programme designed to give them first-hand experience of the world of work. Speakers visit the school to give presentations on specific career areas.

Visits to UCAS and skills fayres are held throughout the year to help with future choices and information evenings are held regarding going to University. UCAS applications begin at the end of Year 12.

 In Year 13 we hold an Introduction to Work event where outside employers come into Kemnal and interview all Year 13 students, they look at their CVs and give feedback.

All students who choose not to go onto higher education are invited to a careers interview to ensure they are prepared  in Yr11 for future options.

 

Citizenship

Personal learning and Thinking skills

The curriculum is changing at KS3 with an even greater emphasis on students being introduced to the skills they need to develop as lifelong learners. With the introduction of Personal Learning and Thinking skills within subjects in year 7, students are developing skills of participation, analysis and negotiation and becoming more active as learners. Soon a new set of homework projects will be focused on developing and practicing these valuable learning tools.

Literacy focus on year 7.

There are huge adjustments to be made by year 7 students when they arrive at Secondary School and valuable time is lost within subjects getting them acclimatised to new ways of learning. Next academic year there will be a major focus on helping year 7 students make the transition from KS2 to KS3 through adapting the way that we teach at Kemnal. Through negotiation with local Primary schools we will ensure that we maximise student learning by using language and techniques that they are used to.  Ashleigh Steane is also planning whole staff training to ensure that literacy skills are developed in year 7 from the word go.

PHSEE and Citizenship

Seeking to move away from a strictly classroom based learning environment, Citizenship at Kemnal seeks to build upon the practical experience of improving the local community.  Examples include our highly successful Form and Year elections, where students were obliged to make Party Political films detailing what they would do if elected.  Moreover, candidates were obliged to stand and make a speech in front of their peers as a follow up to their films.

 

The Ballot box elections were (and continue to be) followed up by Form and Year Captains taking the lead in student Democracy – for example coming up with novel (and effective) solutions to long running problems.  In addition, the Form and Year Captains have taken a leading role in deciding the shape and style of the School’s Sport’s Day – amongst many other student prescribed and student driven projects.

PSHEE

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE)

All students study a planned PSHEE programme in KS3 which includes First Aid, Consumerism, Personal Safety, Diet & Exercise, Drugs and Careers lessons. This is delivered on a Wednesday afternoon by their form tutors and by off timetable days delivered by outside professionals. We have theatre groups and activity days in the summer term and other activities such as cycling proficiency are held during the year. These events will be publicised on the website and by letters being sent home.

All students study a planned PSHEE programme in KS4 which includes careers lessons, interview techniques, finding a job, economic wellbeing as well as a concentration of more personal aspects of development such as relationships and parenthood. This is delivered on a Wednesday afternoon by their form tutors and by off timetable days delivered by outside professionals.