Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Development of Pupils including British Values

Collective Worship and Assemblies
Each year group has one assembly each week which explore important themes to them. Themes in the current academic year have included Holocaust Memorial Day, British Values, The Youth Parliament and Rights and Responsibilities. These themes are accessible to those students with a variety of faiths and those with none. We welcome a variety of speakers to the academy including the Fire Service and Connexions as well as faith leaders from a variety of faith backgrounds.

Teaching and Learning
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development is embedded into teachers planning and lessons with a specific section on Medium Term Planning documents. As a result elements of S.M.S.C. can be found in all lessons from the importance of working as a team in P.E. lessons to the sense of empathy with those who suffered during the Holocaust in History and R.E. lessons.

Extra Curricular Activities and Visits
The Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of our students continues beyond the classroom environment. In the current academic year students have visited the Slavery Museum in Liverpool, Bede's Word in Jarrow together with Beamish Museum in County Durham, all of which have helped to nurture students Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development.

Religious Education
Students, Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development is perhaps best seen in their Religious Education Lessons. Each student in the Foundation Years receives one hour of Religious Education each week. The subject forms part of the option process at G.C.S.E. In these lessons students learn about a variety of world religions including Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and Judaism. As students progress though the Foundation G.C.S.E. stage they look at issues such as justice and religious attitudes to the elderly and death. At G.C.S.E. students follow the Edexcel Religion and Life and Religion and Society full course G.C.S.E.

Promoting British Values
In 2014 the government said that an important part of any school or academy's role was to promote British values with the students they teach; in order to ensure that children become valuable and fully rounded members of society, who treat others with respect and tolerance regardless of background. At Red House Academy by promoting these values it ensures that our students will leave us fully prepared for life in modern Britain. The British values that we have been asked to promote are: democracy; the rule of law; individual liberty; and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs.

As an academy we have already embedded these values into the whole curriculum in staff planning documents and in the lessons, assemblies and extra-curricular activities that students take part in. For example, democracy was a key theme when Sharon Hodgson, our local M.P. visited the academy to work with our most able cohort of students. The importance of laws and rules are applied in lessons such as P.E. where, without laws, activities could not take place. Being able to understand different faiths and beliefs are a central part of the Academy's Religious Education department where Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and Judaism are all studied in years 7 and 8 and the G.C.S.E. course looks at moral and ethical issues from a Christian and Muslim perspective.

In January 2015, students took part in a British Values drop down lesson where, working with their tutors they learnt about great Britons such as Winston Churchill; British musicians and bands such as the Beatles and great British universities such as Oxford and Cambridge. This activity allowed students to explain why they are proud to be British and created a variety of posters which are on display in the Academy and have been reproduced on these pages for you to see.

At the beginning of March an extended tutorial time gave us the opportunity to look at these key values and a series of assemblies are planned to explore in detail the importance of British values to them while at the Academy and once they leave.