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SMSC at Reintegreat

Social, moral, spiritual and cultural education and the values that it encapsulates is closely linked to all that we do at the school; It is at the very core of Reintegreat’s mission, values, principles and ethos.

The work of the school is to enable young people to move from a position of vulnerability and/or crisis to one of hope and strength. Students will gradually learn to appreciate their life experiences as character building opportunities, and as a result will use them to their advantage as catalysts for change. Young people will see the need to care for themselves and equip themselves for life as they plan to be responsible contributors to their communities.

We support the social development of our students to enable them to develop their:

  • use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with others from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds

  • willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively

  • acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

     

We support the moral development of our students to enable them to develop their:

  • ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, and to apply this understanding in their own lives and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England

  • understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions

  • interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.

     

We support the spiritual development of our students to enable them to develop their:

  • ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values

  • sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them

  • use of imagination and creativity in their learning

  • willingness to reflect on their experiences.

     

We support the cultural development of our students to enable them to develop their:

  • understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others

  • understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain

  • knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain

  • willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities

  • interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity

  • tolerance towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

     

Through the range of activities offered we aim to enable our students to develop their:

  • self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence

  • their acceptance of responsibility for their behaviour

  • their understanding of how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality in which Reintegreat is situated and to society more widely

  • respect for their own and other cultures

  • respect for other people, with particular regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010

  • respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process.
     

These are the skills and attitudes we believe will allow our students to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

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At Reintegreat we are committed to serving our community and surrounding areas. We recognise that the United Kingdom is a richly diverse, multicultural and multi-faith country. We understand our responsibility in promoting and encouraging a culture and ethos that upholds British values. Our school is highly inclusive and reflects British values in all that we do. We nurture our learners on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant citizens who make a positive contribution to British society and to the world. We encourage our learners to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals who respect themselves and others in school, in the community and the wider world.

Democracy

At Reintegreat, student voice is significant to our school life. We value our students’ thoughts and opinions and actively seek to listen and embed their input, whether being curriculum ideas or SMSC. Student questionnaires and interviews are also conducted throughout the year.

The Rule of Law

Our students will encounter rules and laws throughout their entire lives. We want our students to understand that whether these laws govern the class, the school, the neighbourhood or the country, they are set for good reasons and must be adhered to.

Individual Liberty

We invest a great deal of time in creating a positive culture in our school, so that children are in a safe environment, where choices and freedoms are encouraged. We encourage our students to speak out and challenge each other, to be expressive and trust in what they believe.

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the core of our school life. Students learn to treat each other and staff with great respect.

Tolerance

We strongly believe that tolerance is gained through knowledge and understanding. Through our curriculum and the routines of our daily school life, we strive to demonstrate tolerance and help children to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens who can build a better

Britain for the future.

Examples of how fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs have been actively promoted within Reintegreat include:

  • Ethos statements

  • School Values

  • Rights Respecting Schools

  • Careers education, advice and guidance

  • Student Voice activities

  • Citizenship lessons

  • Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) Programmes

  • Healthy schools’ initiatives

  • Discussion within curriculum subjects

  • After school clubs

  • Assemblies

  • Charity work

  • Sporting events

  • Theme days or weeks

  • Educational visits and other Learning Outside the Classroom

 

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