Welcome to SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural)

SMSC is an integral part of the curriculum at Outwood Academy Shafton. We strive to incorporate spiritual, moral, social and cultural in all lessons and across the whole school environment. We are aiming to promote an inclusive community of individuals with skills beyond that of core academia and SMSC is always at the forefront of our thinking.

The Academy offers a well-structured vertical tutor programme, involvement in charity events, extra-curricular activities and assemblies; all contributing significantly to students SMSC development.
At Outwood Academy Shafton we maximise every opportunity to promote British Values in everything we do for all of our students, regardless of their background. Our focus on social, moral, spiritual and cultural issues in lessons is key to ensuring that Britishness is explored and celebrated across the curriculum.
According to Ofsted, ‘fundamental British values’ are:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith

Student Voice ensures that our students exercise their democratic rights and feel part of big decisions within the Academy. All Vertical Mentor Groups have a president that is voted for and elected as a key link to the Student Voice council. Each summer, the Academy re-elects a Student Voice President after an active presidential election campaign in which a local MP takes on the role of Returning Officer. Our annual programme of flagship SMSC events brings together the whole community in celebrating Britishness: for example, on Remembrance Day each year the last post is played by our student musicians and the Academy welcomes veterans to join us for a service of remembrance.

By ensuring that behaviour expectations are clear within our Consequences system, we aim to ensure that all students respect and uphold the rules and can see the difference between right and wrong. At all levels, the Consequence system serves to reinforce to students that actions have a consequence.

Within our Vertical Mentor Groups, students of all ages come together to work towards a common goal of maximising each individual’s potential. Older students act as “buddies” to younger students.

Our weekly assembly programme involves continent assemblies which regularly have a theme involving British values. Outwood Academy Shafton actively promotes the tolerance of different faiths and beliefs whilst challenging those who express opinions that conflict with British Values.

Radicalisation and Extremism

Outwood Academy Shafton believes and actively supports the view that all students should be protected from radicalisation and extremism. Our approach to this is in line with the Government’s CONTEST (the counter terrorist strategy) and PREVENT strategies (preventing young peoples’ involvement with terrorism).
Radicalisation is the process by which people come to support terrorism and extremism. Extremism is the vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values.

Our 100% commitment to safeguarding student welfare means that we are extremely vigilant to monitoring vulnerability to radicalisation including:

  • Family tensions
  • Sense of isolation
  • Migration
  • Distance from cultural heritage
  • Experience of racism or discrimination
  • Feeling of failure

Ofsted will look for evidence of: (from Inspection Handbook Sept 2014)

‘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 develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain’.