SMSC stands for the Spiritual, Moral, Cultural and Social education that a school delivers. Marshalls Park has been judged to be delivering this to a ‘good’ standard. Below are some examples of how we provide this education and our News and Events sections give details of specific activities that have taken place
Spiritual Education: students are given the opportunity to be creative, imaginative and reflective in a range of lessons across curriculum areas. Lessons also encourage students to enjoy their learning and show curiosity about the world around them. Representatives from local faith groups have delivered assemblies, run mentoring clubs and a Reflection Room. The school runs annual Trips to Auschwitz and bi-annual participation in the ‘Stand By Me’ Charity Trips which help support poorer communities in places such as Ethiopia and Nepal and enable students to reflect on issues outside their own experience.
Social Education: Students are encouraged to work collaboratively and co-operatively together in a range lessons through group work. Extra-curricular activities such as school productions, sports teams and trips ensure that the range of students participating is diverse, inclusive and enables students of different ages, abilities and backgrounds to work together. The school’s behaviour codes reinforce respect for others. Recently, students in each year group have been involved in sessions entitled ‘Tackling Hatred’ which have involved looking at issues of media stereotyping, propaganda (including through social media), diversity and preventing alienation of groups and individuals
Moral Education: The school discipline structure, Code of Conduct and our rewards systems reinforce the difference between right and wrong and emphasises the consequences of behaviour and actions. This is also enhanced by close liaison with the local community police officers who visit the school to deliver assemblies and support our students. Various subject areas include units of work on moral and ethical issues, with examples such as: animal rights; Amnesty International’s work on preventing torture; online safety; ethics in science case studies; the World War II Holocaust; providing ‘Water Aid’ to African villages; and healthy relationships and domestic violence
Cultural Education: Students engage in a range of activities that emphasise the values of democracy, law, liberty, respect and tolerance. These include our Prefect and School Council systems which encourage students to take on roles of responsibility. More recently, the school organised its own Mock Election which mirrored the May 2015 National General Election. Year group assemblies were visited by the local MP who explained the Parliamentary process. All students then voted for one of four parties which were set up to campaign on and debate school issues. The winning party then presented its ideas to the School Council, the Headteacher and the Board of Governors. The whole school has recently voted on issues the be represented at the UK Youth Parliament and trips to the Houses of Parliament have been organised.