Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) development aims to help students in developing personally and socially and tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that affect them today. It equips students with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.

The ethos and climate of Orsett Heath makes an important contribution to SMSC. However, the following also play an important contribution:

  • A Religious Studies programme which develops self-esteem and knowledge and an ability to reflect on and develop individuals own spiritual values
  • A PSHE programme which encourages learning and develops student’s awareness of core values as soon as students arrive
  • Themed tutor time discussions based on all aspects of SMSC
  • An assembly programme to address all aspects of SMSC and British Values
  • A student support structure, including pastoral care, that is focused on learning and providing appropriate information advice and guidance for students as well as opportunities to explore pathways of development
  • Educational enrichment trips, creative partnerships and visiting speakers provide students with a range of experiences, which may promote a sense of awe and wonder about the world
  • A rewards system developing student self-esteem through certificates, postcards home, and awards at all levels
  • The use of school council and other student leadership opportunities to involve students in the school life
  • Celebration of key events and awareness days, such as Anti-Bullying Week

For more information, please see our SMSC and British Values policy – Click here