SMSC stands for Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural. At Salford City Academy the promotion of pupil’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural education is extremely important to us.
‘The academy equips students to be thoughtful, caring and active citizens in the academy and wider society. Strong spiritual, moral, social and cultural development permeates through the academy.’ (OFSTED 2015)
We work hard to implement SMSC throughout our curriculum and through every aspect of academy life. Pupils have opportunities to participate in many extra-curricular and enrichment activities, develop leadership skills through becoming student ambassadors, members of the student or subject councils, support in many fundraising activities and discuss many issues through mentor time activities and assemblies.
‘The citizenship curriculum is well designed to capture opportunities in all year groups, for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. For instance, the police and prison service have been used to promote an understanding of the consequences of students’ behaviour, ‘right and wrong’.’ (OFSTED 2015)
We encourage and support students in developing a range of skills including:
- Interest in and respect for different people’s faiths feelings and values.
- Respect for themselves and others.
- The ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong.
- Understand the consequences of their behaviour and actions.
- Being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others.
- The skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
- An understanding of and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others.
At Salford City Academy we aim to equip our young people to face their futures as respectful, valued members of society and to:
- Provide a holistic, not solely academic, education.
- Follow the RESPECT agenda which aims to support communities and tackle anti-social behaviour.
- Encourage all young people at Salford City Academy to become valued members of society, including contributing to the local community.
- Prepare young people for wider society.
We hope that by focussing on the social, moral, spiritual and cultural needs of the young people at Salford City Academy we can continue to build upon what Ofsted identified as:
‘The caring and calm ethos within the academy [which] provides an oasis of enrichment accessible for all students.’