All maintained schools must meet the requirements set out in section 78 of the Education Act 2002 and promote the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) development of their pupils. In 2014, the DfE reinforced that schools need: ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs’.
All curriculum areas, in particular RE and PSE, help to further our young people’s understanding of what it means to live in modern Britain.
As part of the delivery of Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) curriculum at Oakfield School, we take part in 6 theme days throughout the academic year. Our theme days offer pupils something different, allowing pupils to explore a topic outside of the classroom environment.
The SMSC Coordinator plans, supports staff in delivery and evaluates the school thematic days and monitors the quality and impact of the Tutor programmes.
This rigour enables the following:
- Pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
- Pupils to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
- Pupils to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely;
- Pupils to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;
- Further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;
- Respect for other people; and
- Respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.
Through ensuring pupils’ SMSC development, Oakfield School demonstrates its ability to promote fundamental British Values
Our theme days:
Re-Start a Heart Day
The History of Christmas
7 Wonders of the World
John Ranby Day
Prison? Me? No Way!
The six Theme Days which take place during each academic year are centred-around a range of subjects which is different every year. The topics reflect local, national and world events as well as the needs of our ever-changing cohort of pupils. More recently, we have experimented with having separate activities for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 pupils, while still within the same overall theme.
During Theme Days, there is usually an alternative lunch menu with a connection to the Theme Day topic. Pupils have the opportunity to try food from different cultures and countries. Our pupils understand that everybody is different, both in terms of different countries and cultures and on an individual basis.
The SMSC activities which pupils have studied during the last year included Spirituality and Happiness. The lessons have provided pupils with lots of material for debate. Pupils are all encouraged to give their opinion on subjects and to contribute to discussions.
The current topic for this term is: ‘Social and Media’.
‘Fundamental British values’ comprise:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, and for those without faith.
Our pupils at Oakfield School learn about ‘right and wrong’. Staff support students in the choices they make, and encourage them to think about possible outcomes and consequences. There is a very active reward program in school to encourage pupils to be positive role models to each other. There are also clear indicators around the school of possible consequences for not making the right choices, for example, the cost of replacing broken property.
In order to build self-esteem in our pupils, the school celebrates all of our successes, however small. Pupils are rewarded with points for every lesson, Epraise points and end of term activities. Our successes are showcased on social media and in our half-termly newsletter.
At Oakfield School, we understand how important it is to let everybody have a voice. Our pupils understand a democratic process and are able to let others voice their opinions. We take part in the annual Parliament Week activities. As a part of this, we have recently held a whole-school election. Our pupil council is very active, holding regular meetings and giving every pupil the chance to voice their thoughts and opinions regarding their education and life at Oakfield School.