SMSC (RE, PSHE & Citizenship)

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The SMSC (RE/PSHE and Citizenship) Department aims to promote the British Values of tolerance, the rule of the law, democracy, and mutual respect. There is a themed SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural) focus in each lesson to guide students during their personal development so they become happy, productive and conscientious members of society equipped with the skills, knowledge and experiences to make positive changes to their lives and to the lives of the wider global community.

The programs of study integrate the statuary requirement for RE, PSHE and Citizenship. This is delivered in lessons with calendared enrichment activities. SMSC is also delivered through a range of tutor time activities. Assembly themes link into this with opportunity for students to reflect during tutor time.

By the end of their schooling, students will have developed an increasingly deep understanding of a range of issues ranging from diet, drug and alcohol abuse, resilience and growth mind-set, sex and positive relationships, avoiding the dangers of gangs and understanding the effects of the media.


Year 7

Year 7 study what it is like to follow a religion to promote understanding and tolerance of other’s and their beliefs. They then follow a program of study which is titled “Me and my world” where students will examine their own lives and then learn about the global world and issues surrounding these topics.

Year 8

Year 8 start with looking at issues around suffering and dealing with this. They then look at peer pressure and how to make good choices in a challenging world. Finally they explore healthy relationships where they will also be a cross curricular project with science.

Year 9

Year 9 will explore citizenship in the first term. Following this they will explore issues such as whether religion brings war or peace and what it means to live in a multicultural country. They will also study safe ways to spend leisure time, the work place, human rights and personal identity.