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Sir Christopher Hatton

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SMSC

SMSC are the aspects of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education that are integrated into all features of the curricular and wider curriculum programme at the Academy. These may be delivered as part of a subject area, for example Religious Education and Citizenship, or may be integral to the teaching of the subject or activity.

The school currently delivers SMSC in all aspects of the school life both curriculum and pastoral.  As part of the pastoral delivery the form tutors play a crucial role in the delivery of whole school collective worship by means of Thought of the Week which allows students to discuss a topical theme, with a moral or religious foundation. The aim of this is to engage students in discussion and encourage students to share their own views but also to question each other’s. We also cover the core British values which are interwoven into the curriculum.

The enrichment programme also provides a range of opportunities for the social, moral, spiritual and cultural awareness of our pupils to be enhanced. Activities such as debating and Duke of Edinburgh Award offer varied and life changing potential. Enrichment allows pupils to work in vertical year groups, creating community cohesion and allows all pupils to interact socially. This includes visits to a Nursing Home, sports, crafts, musical and theatre links. The DoE programme has grown extensively in the last 12 months and has an increasing uptake particularly at KS5 where students are beginning to look for more opportunities to learn skills beyond the academic curriculum. For many students the ability to learn a new skill and grow in confidence has had a major impact on their life.

The Academy promotes tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths, or those of no faith, cultures and lifestyles through the effective spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, through curricular activities and through the engagement of pupils in extra-curricular activity and volunteering within their local community (for example through work experience and the enrichment programme). This is also delivered through both year assemblies and house assemblies. The sixth form took part in an SMSC day which explored Human Rights, the Prevent Duty, and Cybersafety amongst other areas.

Students are encouraged to engage 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 as demonstrated through the whole school audit which identifies areas where this occurs within the Academy. The opportunity to take part in elections and the HAV council allows pupils to take a leading role in certain decisions. This is to enable the pupils to develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

All staff have received LGBTQ training and the Academy has achieved the Stonewall Gold Award. Pupils support each other in all aspects of school life and are proud to be part of ‘Team Hatton’.

Here at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy, we pride ourselves on the fact we are Outstanding according to Ofsted for our promotion of SMSC across the school. We are now taking every opportunity to promote British Values, an important part of the Ofsted framework, which is defined by the government as the following:

  • Democracy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Students are encouraged to engage with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths. The opportunity to take part in elections and the HAV council allows pupils to take a leading role in certain decisions around the school. All pupils take part in elections include HAV Council (8 Reps per year) and Leaders for Learning, as well as peer mentors who work closely with members of staff, these groups are direct democracy and show elections and a genuinely representative body.

In the last general election, the students took part in a school election, shadowing the General Election that was happening across the country. There were lessons that covered all political parties that were represented in Wellingborough, plus a chance for pupils to debate policies and then choose for themselves who they would vote for.

The Academy offers an increase in liberty to students as they move up through the years, for example 6th Form are allowed to leave the site at certain times. We also offer a range of extra-curricular activities and clubs, including Enrichment that gives the pupils a chance to choose their own activities including fencing, crafts and running.

Students encouraged to voice views in lessons in discussions and also as Leaders for Learning, giving feedback to teachers in a formalised way and demonstrates the consultation process by taking part in Teaching & Learning Questionnaires.

Students also have home learning menus for which they can choose which homework to complete and decide on how challenged they want to be, as well as a choice of revision from SAM learning.

The use of school behaviour policy gives students the opportunity to change their behaviour and we also use of restorative justice such as letters of apology to make pupils aware of how to change individual behaviours.  Throughout the practical SOL in Lifeskills, students cover topics such as the theme of rights plus responsibilities appear in different roles when participating.  Pupils are also signposted to local clubs plus practical events.

The Academy actively promotes tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles through the effective spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, including through the engagement of pupils in extra-curricular activity and volunteering within their local community (for example through work experience and the enrichment programme). This is also delivered through both year assemblies and house assemblies throughout the year and during form time with Thought of the Week.

All of these activities and lesson are included to enable the pupils to develop then demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain. Values are promoted posters are displayed around the school community to celebrate Great Britons of cultural diversity. Lifeskills lessons are built specifically to celebrate British culture and diversity throughout the school, with activities and tasks to engage pupils.

We make explicit links between British values and the TOTW, with pupils discussing and debating opinions. We have had more charity events have taken place this year with support from students and staff, raising over £2000 in the last year, highlighting the mutual respect pupils have for themselves as well as others.

A short statement on each subject's delivery of SMSC can be found on the menu to the left.

Please find below the following Academy documents relating to SMSC

SMSC Policy

SMSC Audit Summary

SMSC School Audit

Thought for the Week