Why we are interested in Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC) and Values
Culham St Gabriel’s is interested in approaches to SMSC which enable school leaders and staff to fulfil and go beyond the inspection requirements, to understand and implement their school’s vision, and to spread good practice. Grant applicants are asked to take note that our support for SMSC work focuses strongly on spiritual and moral development. Any grant applications in this area should assume a broad definition of SMSC which is:
– Open to the transcendent and ultimate (including the divine), and to values that challenge individuals and cultures by pointing beyond the material
– Embedded in the school’s ethos and sense of mission, including its commitment to the wellbeing of pupils and staff
– Humble, welcoming and confident in the practice of prayer, worship, liturgy, or spiritual and moral reflection
– Investing time in the depth and quality of character in individuals and/or communities
– Providing safe spaces for skilfully led and informed discussion and exploration of challenging issues related to belief, meaning, identity, moral values, and respect for difference
– Creating opportunities for pupils to learn and practise virtues and values that are British and universally human, such as compassion, commitment to the common good, environmental responsibility, faith, forgiveness, hope, hospitality, humility, loving service, prophetic courage, respect, reconciliation, tolerance and truthfulness.
The applicant’s work should aspire to be:
– Contextualised in the whole curriculum, teaching and learning (including RE where appropriate)
– Supported and articulated by senior and middle leadership, and governors
– Visible through day to day decisions and relationships
– Understood, promoted, and implemented by teachers, other staff, and pupils
– In dialogue with wider practice and research
– Open to the community.
We are scaling up our commitment to supporting spiritual and moral development through our work with the RSA’s enquiry into SMSC and our support for the Schools Linking Network’s professional development on whole-school approaches to SMSC.
We are excited to see the National Society’s recent publication, Fruits of the Spirit (https://churchofengland.org/media/2386307/fruits_of_the_spirit.pdf), which offers a discussion on Character Education from a Church of England perspective.
SMSC, Values and Prevent Roundtable
In late 2015, Culham St Gabriel’s hosted a roundtable discussion on SMSC, values and Prevent.
Schools Linking’s slides that were presented by Meg Henry and Linda Cowie can be viewed here: http://www.cstg.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Round-Table-SMSC-SL-slides.ppt
The report from the session can be viewed here: http://www.cstg.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/SMSC-RT-Report-2015.docx
See the RSA’s report on SMSC, School’s with Soul: http://www.thersa.org/action-research-centre/learning,-cognition-and-creativity/education/reports-and-events/reports/schools-with-soul
You can see examples of the RSA’s work here http://www.thersa.org/fellowship/journal/archive/summer-2013/features/the-brains-behind-spirituality
Schools Linking’s SMSC support for school leaders and teachers can be found here http://www.schoolslinking.org.uk/courses/
School Linking is running a CPD day for teachers focused on ‘Leading Outstanding Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development and British Values: from class to whole school’. This takes place on November 16th 2016 in Bradford and costs £250.
For more information, see: http://www.schoolslinking.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/SMSC-Flyer-Apr-16.pdf
See a keynote presentation delivered by Mark Chater to the Schools Linking Network, Bradford, 7th October 2014: http://cstg.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/British-Values-SLN-2014.pdf
Additionally, we are really delighted that our Collective Worship site has amalgamated with http://www.assemblies.org.uk, the Collective Worship website managed by SPCK.
At the end of January 2014, the http://cowo.culham.ac.uk/ site came down and the URL points directly to the assemblies site. Our material on this site is being integrated into the new site over an extended period, together with much new material to support collective worship.
Clergy in Schools
In 2014 Culham St Gabriel’s has collaborated with Cuddesdon College and the Farmington Institute to support a seconded post for a qualified RE teacher to conduct a small scale project on clergy training needs for school work. The report, written by Alice Ormondroyd, can be downloaded here: http://cstg.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Eucharistic-Worship-in-Church-Secondary-Schools.pdf