Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) Education

Some examples of promoting SMSC within The Misbourne

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Explanation of SMSC: In every lesson, every day, every week and every term students are exposed to countless opportunities for SMSC development and we see this as an integral part of each student’s experience in order to develop well-rounded, active citizens, ready for the world they are soon to enter.

At The Misbourne we have a duty to promote the spiritual moral, social and cultural development of our students.   A vital part of the work we do includes helping our students to develop an appreciation of, and a respect for, their own and others’ beliefs, culture and identity.  When students feel secure about their own beliefs, culture and identity they are less likely to feel threatened by difference and less likely to mistrust or fear others.  Skills of empathy and understanding are crucial to lifelong learning and the holistic development of our students

Whole School: “Thought for the Week”; opportunities to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular clubs.

Tutor Time:  Through debates and discussions on local, national and international matters.

Assemblies:  Key messages are promoted and discussed with whole year groups through our “Thought for the Week”. Recent assemblies included a gap year organisation encouraging volunteering in developing countries, a local animal welfare centre promoting the benefits of volunteering, and the National Citizen Service programme that develops the ability of young people to make an active contribution to their community.

Visiting Speakers: We are often joined by visitors who work with students in assemblies and subject lessons.  Recent visitors have included BOSCH, Chesham Stags Rugby Club, World Challenge, National Citizen Service, Young Enterprise and various universities.  

Student Voice:  Becoming an active member of our community and contribute to decision making and school improvement, being role models within the school and leading on whole school charity fundraising.  

Sixth Form prefects take lead roles across the school and support curriculum leaders as subject student leaders.

International Partnership:  Equality, difference and empathy are promoted through supporting our partner school in Ethiopia with fundraising and communication as well as an annual Sixth Form World Challenge expedition programme that links up with existing charity projects in developing countries.   For example, in July 2013, fifteen students will spend five days helping to dig a reservoir at a new water treatment plant at a school for AIDS orphans in Swaziland.”

School Trips:  A wide range of school trips include cultural experiences of Ghana, New York, France and Iceland – alongside trips to The Royal Society, Magistrates Courts, Hindu Mandir temple, many theatre visits, WW1 Battlefields and Darwin – the Great Debate at the National History Museum.  Students take part in language exchanges and also work with local businesses – all this contributes to our students’ social moral, spiritual and cultural understandings.