SMSC Development

At Grange Academy we consistently promote British Values and pupil’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural (SMSC) development throughout day to day school life.

This enables pupils’ acceptance and engagement in democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs. Pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

We aim to help to develop responsibility and reflections and encourage pupils to question and challenge stereotypes and become reflective learners. 

The Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education of pupils at Grange is cross-curricular and not limited to specific SMSC lessons. Our continued work on Unicef Rights Respecting underpins our work on every aspect of SMSC.

We use our broad and balanced curriculum to explore SMSC themes.

Spiritual Development

The spiritual development of pupils is shown by their:

  • Ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life.
  • Interest in, and respect for, different people’s faiths, feelings and values.
  • Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them.
  • Use of imagination and creativity in their learning.
  • Willingness to reflect on their experiences.
  • Unicef Rights Respecting work.

Moral Development

The moral development of pupils is shown by their:

  • Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, readily apply this understanding in their own lives and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England.
  • Understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions.
  • Interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, and being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.

Social Development

The social development of pupils is shown by their:

  • Use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Willingness to participate in a variety of community and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively.
  • Ability to use modern communication technology, including mobile technology, the internet and social media, safely.
  • Acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. The pupils should also develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in, and contribute positively to, life in modern Britain.

Cultural Development

The cultural development of pupils is shown by their:

  • Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others.
  • Understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within the school, and further afield, as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain.
  • Knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain.
  • Willingness to participate in and respond positively to: artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities.
  • Interest in exploring, improving understanding of, and showing respect for, different faiths and cultural diversity.
  • Understanding, acceptance, respect and celebration of diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

Whole School, Cross-Curricular Approach

At Grange Academy development in SMSC takes place in and out of lessons and across all areas of the curriculum.

SMSC has particularly strong links to form time, RSE and PSE.  All areas of the curriculum will draw examples from as wide a range of cultural contexts as possible.

In order to develop a strong sense of identity in our pupils, we use classroom discussion, assemblies and specific interventions to enable pupils to:

  • Talk about their experiences and feelings.
  • Express and clarify personal ideas and beliefs.
  • Speak about difficult events, e.g. bullying, death.
  • Share thoughts and feelings with other people.
  • Explore relationships with friends/family/others.
  • Consider the needs and behaviour of others.
  • Show empathy.
  • Develop self-esteem and a respect for others.
  • Develop a sense of belonging.
  • Develop the skills and attitudes that enable children to develop socially, morally, spiritually and culturally e.g. empathy, respect, open-mindedness, sensitivity, critical awareness etc.

Community Links

Grange Academy has strong links with the wider community.

In order to develop these links, Grange Academy reaches out to the community through the following activities:

Fundraising activities. In 2020-21 we are supporting:

  • Children in Need
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
  • MIND
  • Homeless shelters
  • Refugees – shoebox appeal
  • Bedford Foodbank
  • Christmas Fair
  • Summer Fair
  • Autism fundraising
  • Save the Children
  • Parent Forum
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Work experience placements
  • Travel training
  • Our link Ghana School – Rhema International Academy

Grange Academy is a Unicef Gold Rights Respecting School and Gold Artsmark School. Ofsted rated ‘Good’ (May 2022).
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