Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultual (SMSC) education is an important part of life at Harris Garrard Academy.
- Spiritual: explore beliefs and experience; respect values; discover oneself and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
- Moral: recognise right and wrong; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
- Social; use social skills in different contexts; work well with others; resolve conflicts; understand how communities work.
- Cultural: appreciate cultural influences; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
You can also download further information from the Character and Wellbeing page of the website.
How we teach SMSC
During Current Affairs, all students learn about key contextual information regarding Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), SMSC and Citizenship education. Students spend 40 minutes a week discussing politics, environment, religion, ethics, charity and local news to help embed cultural capital.
Fundamental British Values are asserted through these discussions as students debate and discuss the meaning of being a citizen in modern-day British society.
Assemblies are planned and delivered by a member of the Leadership Team. When possible, visitors are invited in to deliver assemblies on their area of expertise. All assemblies begin with a piece of classical music and also a work of art to assess. Assemblies also finish with a “Be Still” slide focussing on collective worship. Download our assembly presentations.
The following table shows how we use our weekly tutor programme to teach key themes.