SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural values. These values are central to the work we do at Marchbank; the personal development of pupils’ values plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. Diversity is celebrated, strong partnerships built and everyone is treated as a unique individual. We promote an appreciation of the richness of the cultures in both the UK and the wider world.
At Marchbank we aim to provide the following: A stimulating experienced based curriculum that is meaningful, appropriate and relevant, to our students enabling them to maintain progress and reach their full potential.A safe and secure learning environment.A consistent approach to the delivery of SMSC development through the curriculum and the overall life of the school.Close liaison and working partnerships with parents/carers and other service providers.Promote expected behaviour, treating everyone as unique and valuable individuals and show respect for students and their families.
Opportunities are created for the development of SMSC through the curriculum in both subject areas and wider school opportunities.
The Religious Education curriculum
British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs are embedded within our curriculum. These values are particularly linked to our school values of citizenship, working together and respect. It is the responsibility of all staff to ensure that they support and promote these values. In school we promote democracy through our election of student council members. Students council is important in making changes to what happens in school. Students listen to each other in class and discuss codes of conduct. Individual liberty is promoted through opportunities for independence such as moving freely around school, taking messages or registers and choosing lunch choices; pupils across school have key roles and responsibilities. Our behaviour, e-safety and anti-bullying policies set clear boundaries that promote the rule of law. Accountability is stressed to all stakeholders including staff, students and Governors. Marchbanks' mission statement promotes mutual respect as do individual classroom’s code of practice. Tolerance to those with different faiths and beliefs is promoted in our RE curriculum, assemblies and other opportunities to explore faith occasions such as Harvest, Diwali and Eid.
The school is aware of the need to be vigilant when it comes to any extremist attitudes or behaviour and appropriate actions will be taken accordingly. All staff are aware of the need to alert the Senior Leadership Team and Governing Body if they have any concerns of this nature.
Our overriding aim is to teach children to be resilient to extremism. This involves pupils being taught how to ask probing questions and make sound judgements for themselves about what is right and wrong. Our curriculum enables pupils to learn that there are many differing views and experiences in the world outside of their own. We promote the development of self-confidence, self-worth and a sense of identity. We also allow pupils opportunities to reflect on and discuss different lifestyles and facets of identity, as well as being able to ask questions, to challenge inappropriate and harmful ideologies, and stand up for what they believe is right.