Wheatlands recognises that even though SMSC is a non-statutory subject it should be considered with equal weight to subjects included in the National Curriculum. Non Statutory advice from the DfE states that; ‘maintained schools have obligations under section 78 of the Education Act 2002 which requires schools, as a part of a broad and balanced curriculum, to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society’.
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural education (SMSC) goes some way to providing children with the cultural capital to become healthy, resilient, independent and responsible members of society. Our aim is to encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In so doing we help them foster their sense of belonging and self-worth and develop an urge to find out more. We teach them how society is organised and governed. We ensure that they experience the process of democracy in school. We teach them about rights and responsibilities and they learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society. We encourage them to foster a pride in their local heritage and an interest and curiosity about their surrounding community and where they belong in that community.
At Wheatlands, we are fully committed to providing high quality learning at the heart of our school community. As part of this we have a moral duty to provide for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of pupils. It is our intention to provide pupils with a range of exciting learning opportunities, both in and outside the classroom, with the support of our local community, which enable them to develop the attitudes and skills necessary for them to grow into responsible, happy and productive individuals and citizens.