SMSC

SMSC and Fundamental British Values

At Linthorpe Community Primary School, we recognise that the personal development of our pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness plays a significant role in their ability to learn, achieve and shine in 21st century Britain. SMSC is golden thread that weaves through all we do.

It is our aim to deliver an education that provides our pupils with opportunities to explore and develop their own values, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour and a caring attitude towards other people. We celebrate their social and cultural traditions, and encourage an appreciation of the diversity of other cultures, as well as a clear understanding of British values. Pupils learn to distinguish between right and wrong and are encouraged to value themselves and others.

All staff model and promote expected behaviour and show respect for all pupils and their families.

Our provision for SMSC education has been awarded a GOLD level quality mark by the PSHE Association.

Some of the ways we achieve this are:

  •         Cultural Events
  •         Working with the local community
  •         Visiting places of worship
  •         Star Awards
  •         MAGICAL learning habits

Fundamental British Values

We are committed to making sure our children are ready to thrive in modern Britain. To this end, we actively promote Fundamental British Values throughout all aspects of school life, and especially through the Linthorpe Life Skills curriculum. Our pupils are taught to value, understand and celebrate democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Protected Characteristics

The Equality Act 2010 has created the ‘Public Sector Equality Duty’, which states that every public body, including schools and academies, have legal duty to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between people who share and do not share the following 9 protected characteristics:

Race
Disability
Sex
Age
Marriage and civil partnership
Religion or belief
Pregnancy and maternity
Gender re-assignment
Sexual orientation

​We use age appropriate materials to help our pupils understand that they should be kind to everybody and that at Linthorpe, and in the wider world, “Everyone is equal, everyone is different, everyone is welcome and everyone achieves their best”.

Collective Worship

At Linthorpe Community Primary School, we believe that Collective Worship plays a very important role in the life of our school. It is an opportunity to celebrate all aspects of school life and it provides an opportunity for stillness and reflection in what is often a very busy, active day for our children. Collective worship provides opportunities for our pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

To provide students with variety in their experience of worship, acts of worship may take the form of a whole school act of worship for all pupils or separate acts of worship for students in different age groups.

Collective Worship aims:

  • To offer pupils the opportunity to reflect on the puzzling questions that life poses.
  • To foster concern for others within the local community and wider world.
  • To deepen the children's appreciation of the gift of the natural world and the importance of acting responsibly toward the environment.
  • To encourage respect of other people's religious beliefs and practices.

Mind Time

As part of our Life Skills (Health Education) curriculum, we teach our children self-care techniques for mental well-being. We achieve this through regular guided exercises in finding calm, being kind, fostering appreciation and paying attention. Bringing their attention to the present moment, gives our children a sense of calm and balance and helps them experience awe and wonder in the world around them.