PSHE and SMSC at Upton
PSHE is not a body of knowledge. At Upton it is concerned with enhancing the personal and social development of pupils by examining, exploring and promoting appropriate values which influence the individual and affect his/her development and relationships and interactions with others. Central to the successful personal and social development of the pupils are the processes and experiences that enhance their self-esteem and establish within them a positive self-image.
Adults are role models for children and the example staff give to children, both in school and on extra-curricular activities, is crucial if inconsistency and confusion are to be avoided. Vigilance and awareness by teachers at all times helps to create the caring ethos of the school and the aim, attitudes and values that influence its pupils. By positively teaching this aspect of the curriculum through language, science, RE, PE and indeed throughout the school day we will be going a long way towards implementing a successful PHSE & SMSC policy
In addition to this, units of work involving an understanding of 'British Values' and 'Sex and Relationships Education' (SRE) will be taught at appropriate levels within all year groups.
The school promotes SMSC in many ways. Moral and social discussions are held as part of house assemblies and weekly PSHE lessons . We engage with our local churches and religious centres and celebrate and promotes religious dates and festivals from differing religions.
Our weekly assemblies are SMSC driven and the school has a number of support systems in place for pupils, from our learning mentors to our peer mediators to our lunchtime playleaders to our ‘buddies’ programme.
Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development equips them to be thoughtful, caring and active citizens in school and in wider society.
Leaders consistently advocate positive message to prevent and educate against prejudice. Weekly assemblies take place that discuss issues such as racism, gender equality, tolerance for differing religions and beliefs, addressing stereotypes, speaking out and positive and appropriate behaviour. Pupil conferencing shows that pupils have exceptionally high opinion of the school and don’t believe anyone suffers from bullying or harassment.
SMSC at UPTON:
SMSC stands for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development in schools.
Upton Junior School strives for the thoughtful and wide-ranging promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Spiritual: Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
Moral: Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
Social: Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.
Cultural: Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.