School Values / SMSC
SMSC (Spiritual Moral Social Cultural)
At Dines Green Community Academy, the children and their learning are at the heart of every decision made. SMSC and British Values are promoted through the ethos of the school which is centered on our key school values of Respect, Resilience, Reflection, Curiosity, Empathy and Honesty.
Each child’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is developed by all staff, in all areas of the curriculum and through all aspects of school life. Each child is valued as an individual and has an important role to play within our school and the wider community, including the global community.
We recognise that the personal development of pupils spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve and also to relate fully to the ever changing world in which we live. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides pupils with opportunities to explore and develop:
- Their own spiritual awareness to develop the ability to reflect and find wonder and fascination in their learning, life and the world around them. Our children are encouraged to have a strong sense of their own beliefs and values and to be interested in and respectful of the beliefs of others.
- Their own high standards of personal behaviour, and the ability to recognise and demonstrate right from wrong, respect the boundaries that exist in the home, school and society and to accept the consequences of their actions. Children are expected to share their views on moral and ethical issues and respect the views of others.
- A positive, caring attitude towards other people by developing their social skills in a range of contexts. We encourage participation in a wide range of activities and groups and foster children’s abilities to reach their potential and have a meaningful part to play in society.
- An understanding of their social and cultural tradition and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures within our school, our country and the wider world. We aim to give children a range of cultural experiences on which to base an appreciation of the arts, including music and sports and the desire to participate in the opportunities and experiences available to them.
SMSC in EYFS
In the Early Years Foundation Stage at Dines Green Community Academy we identify that the personal development of pupils spiritually; morally, socially and culturally plays an essential part in their ability to learn, achieve and enjoy. We aim to provide an educational experience that gives the children opportunities to explore and develop their own values, beliefs and spiritual awareness. We expect high standards of behaviour, a positive and empathetic attitude towards other people with an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of the cultures around us and in the wider world.
As children start in EYFS they will learn that it is a place where they can find acceptance for themselves. Children should learn to differentiate between right and wrong, as their actions affect other people. They will be encouraged to value themselves, and others. Children should understand the need for rules and the need to abide by rules for the good of everyone.
All curriculum areas within EYFS contribute to the child's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and opportunities are carefully planned for each area of the curriculum. All adults model and promote expected behaviour, treating all people with consideration and respect as unique and valuable individuals.
British Values at Dines Green Community Academy
The DfE have reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools 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.”
At Dines Green Community Academy, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is embedded at the school. Children are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our recently formed Pupil Parliament. The elections of the Pupil Parliament members are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action. Pupil Parliament children are beginning to work not only to solve issues that the children raise but also have a developing input into the life of the school.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country are reinforced. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws (rules) that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws (rules) are broken. The children contributed to the making our school rules through Pupil Parliament and have a good understanding that the rules in our school are there to keep everybody safe and to promote a happy and harmonious learning environment. Positive behaviour management strategies are implemented throughout the school and rules and expectations are reinforced through school assemblies, PSHE and class discussions
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for all pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and varied curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely in all areas of the curriculum and family life. Whether it is through choice of learning challenge, behaviour, of participation in our extra-curricular activities and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices and reflect on this freedom
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect, whatever differences we may have. Dines Green ethos and behaviour policy is based around core values including 'respect' and 'empathy’. These values determine how we live and learn as a community. We have a ‘Value of the month’ to emphasise and reinforce expectations and learning behaviours within our school and community life. Children and adults alike, including visitors, are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner.
Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs
This is achieved through enhancing pupils' understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. We have children from a range of nationalities and cultures, but our catchment is predominantly white British, so it is essential that we widen children’s understanding of the diverse cultural and multi faith society in which we live. This is an ongoing area of focus for our school. During termly ‘Global’ weeks, children are encouraged to research and discover differences and similarities between Britain and other countries. Children enjoy the experience of learning about different faiths and visiting different places of worship, comparing their experiences with their peers. We are committed to providing our children with the experiences and opportunities which will enable them to contribute effectively to the ever-changing and diverse society we live in.
Dines Green’s recently formed Pupil Parliament is based on real Parliament but in a pupil version with the intention of replicating some of the democratic processes and the role of the British Government.
Purpose of our Pupil Parliament:
- To develop pupil voice across the school
- To give the children an experience of democracy and political processes.
- To enable the children to develop leadership skills
- To develop collaborative skills and confidence
Pupil Parliament is made up of children from Year 1 to Year 6 and were elected following a whole school democratic vote during summer term. The children have organised themselves into committees according to the priorities expressed by the wider school community. These committees are:
- Learning and environment
- Friendship, happiness and well-being
- Charities and fundraising
- Outdoor learning
- Extra-curricular activities
The children meet regularly to discuss priorities for their committee area and ensure that the voices of their peers are heard and acted upon.
Pupil Parliament are currently planning a visit to the Houses of Parliament to take part in a tour and ‘Campaigning and Parliament’ Workshop’ with their parents which will allow us to develop the role of Pupil Parliament within our school community.