St Georges Church of England Academy

St George's
Church of England Academy

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Development

 Spiritual: explore beliefs and experience; respect values; discover oneself and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

Moral: recognise right and wrong; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.

Social: use social skills in different contexts; work well with others; resolve conflicts; understand how communities work.

Cultural: appreciate cultural influences; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

Spiritual Development

At St George's, spiritual development enables pupils to look within themselves, at their human relationships and the wider world.

We are committed to:

  • Celebrating the religious and non-religious beliefs and values that our pupils bring as part of their family culture/heritage and to build an awareness of and respect for others’ spiritual and religious beliefs
  • Fostering common human values and building spiritual capacities to promote self-worth, self-esteem and a valuing of others
  • Helping our pupils to come to an understanding of themselves as unique individuals
  • Developing our pupils’ curiosity, imagination, creativity and promoting a sense of awe and wonder.

At St George's, we promote spiritual development through:

  • Collective Worship
  • Our Christian Values
  • Class and celebration assemblies
  • Class presentations
  • School visits to places of worship
  • Educational visits and visitors which inspire awe and wonder
  • Themed days and weeks
  • RE curriculum
  • PSHE/RSHE curriculum

Moral Development

 At St George's, moral development enables our pupils to know what is right and wrong and to act on it accordingly.

We are committed to encouraging our pupils to:

  •  Be truthful and honest
  •  Respect the rights and property of others, their opinions and customs, even when they are different from our own
  •  Help others
  •  Solve differences of opinion

Consequently, we reject all forms of bullying, cruelty, dishonesty, violence and discrimination and have procedures in place for dealing with such instances.

At St George's, we promote moral development through:

  • PSHE/RSHE curriculum
  • Our Christian Values and Faith
  • Class Values
  • School Vision and Ethos
  • Collective Worship
  • Circle Time
  • Supporting charities and fundraising

Social Development

At St George's, social development enables our pupils to understand the rights and responsibilities of living in a community and being a responsible citizen.

We are committed to:

  • Fostering the skill and qualities of team building through the development of self-confidence, co-operation, sensitivity to others, reliability, initiative and understanding
  • Providing an environment where pupils can take responsibility for themselves and others in school and the wider society
  • 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.
  • Enabling pupils to develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

At St George's, we promote social development through:

  • Our Christian Values
  • Class Values
  • PSHE/RSHE curriculum
  • Pupil voice and leadership roles
  • Sports Day
  • Educational Visits
  • Extra-Curricular activities
  • Supporting the local community

Cultural Development

At St George's, cultural development enables our pupils to acquire knowledge and understanding of others’ cultural traditions. We value and celebrate the cultural diversity of our school and our society.

We are committed to:

  • Promoting an appreciation of our own cultural tradition/s and encouraging an appreciation of other peoples’ cultural traditions
  • Celebrating the richness of culture and tradition
  • Providing opportunities for pupils to participate in and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities

At St George's, we promote cultural development through:

  • Celebrating events
  • Curriculum themed days designed to inspire, excite and inform the children for their upcoming topic
  • Sharing children’s own personal experience
  • Visits and visitors
  • Music and Dance events
  • Theatre Trips
Durham and Newcastle Diocesan Learning Trust

St. George's Church of England Academy is a member of the Durham and Newcastle Diocesan Learning Trust which is a company limited by guarantee (company number 10847279) and an exempt charity registered in England and Wales at The Cai Building Cable Dean Royal Quays North Shields Tyne and Wear NE29 6DE