Presentation on theme: "SMSCD The Importance of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development Pat Cassidy SACRE Adviser."— Presentation transcript:
1 SMSCDThe Importance of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural DevelopmentPat Cassidy SACRE Adviser
2 SMSC VALUESSpiritual values are to do with questions of meaning, purpose and value in life. What does it mean to be human? To be me?Moral values involve raising questions about right and wrong and how we decide, based on our spiritual values. How should we live our lives? Moral issues.Social values are to do with relationships between people and groups of people, based on our spiritual and moral values.Cultural values reflect different ways of experiencing, responding to and expressing the above. Cultural diversity and shared values.
3 THE IMPORTANCE OF SMSCD Schools with Soul Report from the RSA Action and Research Centre. SMSC outcomes:Support pupil personal development/wellbeingSupport other outcomes e.g. cognitive, interpersonal and intrapersonal – including attainmentContributes to the health and quality of a school
4 SMSCD should be part of: A schools’ vision and goals (to be understood and embodied by school leadership, teachers and students)The learning environment, encompassing the physical and social environment of pupils, where students feel both safe and challengedThe curriculum – the academic and extra-curricular opportunities – preparing young people for cultural complexity and modern life
5 SMSC and the Ofsted Framework Overall judgement of the quality of a schoolInspection is primarily about evaluating how well individual pupils benefit from their school:the behaviour and safety of pupils at the schoolthe achievement of pupils at the schoolthe quality of teaching in the schoolthe quality of leadership in and management of the schoolBefore making the final judgement on overall effectiveness, inspectors must evaluate the effectiveness and impact of the provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
6 Judgements?Outstanding: The school’s thoughtful and wide-ranging promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development enables them to thrive in a supportive, highly cohesive learning community (Grade 1)Good: Deliberate and effective action is taken to create a cohesive learning community through the promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. There is a positive climate for learning(Grade 2)
7 And ……..Inadequate: If any of the key areas are judged inadequate, and/or there are serious weaknesses in the overall provision of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, so that pupils are intolerant of others and/or reject any of the core values fundamental to life in modern Britain (Grade 4)Requires improvement: Because one or more of the four key judgements requires improvement and/or there are weaknesses in the overall provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (Grade 3)
8 Fundamental British Values It is a new requirement for schools to promote British values (new DfE guidance). British values are identified as:DemocracyThe rule of lawIndividual libertyMutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
9 Ofsted definitions of SMSCD New DfE guidance has been issued that aligns British values with SMSC values:“Through ensuring pupils’ SMSC development, schools can also demonstrate they are actively promoting fundamental British values”Definitions for SMSCD are included in the 2015 Ofsted School Inspection Handbook to support inspectors in making their judgements.
10 And for leadership ………..How well leaders, managers and governors pursue excellence, lead by example, and ensure:The curriculum is broad and balanced and complies with legislation, preparing pupils for ……later life in modern BritainActively promotes British values, and tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or none), cultures and lifestyles through the effective spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupilsAnd Governors ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
11 BRINGING SMSC TO LIFESchools with Soul design principles and planning model (Figure 2)The contribution of Religious EducationPossible lead subject for SMSCD on schools? Think about it!
12 RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDE: School governing bodies taking full ownership of a school’s SMSC policy – to consider, and where necessary, reshape a school’s overall purpose and ethos (point 6)School leaders using the design principles to rethink their approach to SMSC (see examples point 7)
13 SMSC in Doncaster Schools The SACRE Annual Report provides an analysis of a good sample of Ofsted reports: 45 schools inspected13 schools/academies and 1 PRU good or better10 schools/academies less than good sampled for evidence of SMSC provision. In all cases where there was a comment, the provision and quality of SMSCD was commented upon favourably, and therefore did not reflect the overall judgement
14 Could the strength of SMSC in schools judged less than good…… Could the strength of SMSC in schools judged less than good…….. become the driving force for those schools to raise standards and close attainment gaps?
15 THANK YOUThere is more to education than can be measured and more to school than simply what Ofsted demands (even if this is sometimes pretty good!)Pat Cassidy SACRE AdviserWith thanks to Bill Moore (Buckinghamshire) and NASACRE