At Boston Spa Academy we are committed and passionate about developing students’ Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) awareness. Within the specific areas we aim to:
Spirituality – provide students with an opportunity to reflect upon their place in the world whilst also acknowledging and respecting other people’s faiths, feelings and values.
Moral – ensure that our students understand the difference between right and wrong whilst also being able to debate empathetically and reasonably why other people’s moral and ethical standpoints may be different to their own.
Social – provide students with opportunities to discuss and engage in wide-ranging enrichment and community based initiatives with other groups of people from different socio-economic backgrounds, faiths and cultures.
Cultural – develop students’ awareness of the wide-ranging cultural influences that have shaped their own lives and heritage, whilst also acknowledging that there are a whole range of influences from further afield which have helped shape Britain’s history, values and place in the world. We are committed to providing our students with a variety of sporting, artistic, musical and cultural opportunities.
Throughout our broad and contemporary curriculum at Boston Spa Academy there are opportunities for students to engage with SMSC topics and discussions on a daily basis. During form time the SMSC Question of the Week enables high-level debates surrounding current cultural issues in the news. So far this academic year students have discussed negative gender stereotyping in advertisements, the relevance of foodbanks in modern society and the potential over reliance on ‘instant internet’ in daily life. Teachers will further seek to develop students SMSC thinking through tasks and activities that question morality, link learning to modern cultural issues and allow students to evaluate and form independent opinions alongside the subject-specific information being taught. We are also very proud of the evolution of our PHSEE curriculum (known as ‘Be Smart’ by our students) which covers a range of issues in depth including prevent and radicalisation; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender groups; female genital mutilation; child sexual exploitation; revenge porn; sexting and drug, alcohol and substance misuse. Our PHSEE team work with a number of external agencies to ensure the PHSEE provision is up-to-date and relevant. This includes guest speakers and presentations; for example in 2017 we had Dr Stephanie Hirst speak to students, parents/carers and members of staff about her journey of gender transition from male to female. Students SMSC opportunities are further enhanced at Boston Spa Academy by a range of educational visits and excursions linked to the curriculum.
Furthermore we seek to develop, within our students the core principles of Modern British Values as part of our curriculum. Our students are encouraged to accept and engage with the Modern British Values of:
- The rule of law;
- Individual liberty; and
- Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
These values are defined in all student planners alongside how each value is developed at Boston Spa Academy to support students with identifying, questioning and evaluating the importance of Modern British Values and the relevance to their learning.
Engaging our students in government and politics plays a pivotal role in developing our students understanding of life in the United Kingdom. We are very fortunate to have Miss Easton as a Gold UK Parliament Ambassador Teacher who works with parliament to develop educational links and has access to unique opportunities for our students.
Additional information on Be Smart, SMSC and Modern British Values can be found in the student planner. Alternatively, if you have any questions or queries related to any of these issues please do not hesitate to contact Miss Easton, SMSC lead across The GORSE Academies Trust.