UNCRC Article 29: Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.
SMSC and BV stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, and British Values. We see this crucial area of our provision working directly alongside our Rights Respecting values, and directly addressing Article 2 for the rights of the child to apply to every child without discrimination:
- Explore beliefs and experience;
- respect faiths, feeling and values;
- enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world;
- use imagination and creativity;
- Recognise right and wrong;
- respect the law;
- understand consequences;
- investigate moral and ethical issues;
- offer reasoned views and have an appreciation of British values.
Social: Investigate and moral issues;
- appreciate diverse viewpoints;
- participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict;
- engage with the fundamental values of British democracy.
- Appreciate cultural influences;
- appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system;
- participate in cultural opportunities;
- understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
- Rule of law;
- Tolerance of those with different faith and beliefs, and of no faith;
- Mutual Respect;
- Individual liberty.
SMSC education and British values is firmly embedded in our curriculum. Each lesson, in all subjects across the curriculum, has an SMSC/BV learning objective, as well as a UNCRC focus. We are proud to be involved with a host of important awareness days and cultural celebrations across the year, and our curriculum reflects the value that we place on these. All our pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of the school and the wider community – locally, nationally and globally:
- We celebrate cultural events including World Book Day, UN International Day of Dance and British Science Week.
- We focus on awareness days such as Mealth Health Awareness Week, WWF Awareness Day, UN International Woman’s Day, UN FGM Elimination Day, Dementia Awareness Day and Pride Month to list but a few.
We embed these values through not just teaching our pupils about and celebrating the many awareness days and celebrations that SMSC/BV covers, but by our strong approach to Active Citizenship: our pupils are helped to use their knowledge and understanding of issues to become active in their response. On the back of learning about issues raised in our SMSC and BV curriculum, pupils have written to their local MPs, have signed petitions on the Government Website that they feel passionately about, have used social media to raise awareness, and have raised money for charities.
‘Every day my son looks forward to going to school – to get away from his room, and all the poking and prodding from doctors is such a relief. He is treated like a school boy, rather than a patient, and I think this has as much healing properties as medicine! Due to his illness, my son has missed about a month of schooling, but hopefully will have caught up because of the hospital school.’
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‘We are so grateful and thankful for the brilliant staff at the St. George’s Hospital School. We have spent quite a lot of time there over the past 18 months, they have made learning such fun – memorable science experiments and story writing, the best time making posters and adverts and treats for the school cafe. The staff are cheerful, calm, gentle and above all fun. Thank you to the great team.’
‘We were so grateful to the teaching team. They have been absolutely fantastic. My daughter had surgery on Monday and was quiet and withdrawn. This has been instrumental in her recovery and also kept her mind on education whilst she’s been sick.’
‘Everyday my son looks forward to going to school – to get away from his room, and all the poking and prodding from doctors is such a relief. He is treated like a school boy, rather than a patient, and I think this has as much healing properties as medicine! Due to his illness, my son has missed about a month of schooling, but hopefully will have caught up because of the hospital school.’
‘We are so grateful and happy for the care and support – teachers are so helpful and very kind, we love you all for your hard work, keep it up. Thanks so much.’
‘Thank you for the range of learning opportunities you provided my son in hospital for the week for the week he was on the neuro ward. He found the activities very engaging and accessible. He thoroughly enjoys maths and looked forward to the activities you provided for this – he is especially looking forward to the spreadsheet analysis this afternoon. he enjoys music and was surprised to have the opportunity to learn about and play different instruments. Thanks again for all your help.’
‘We are so grateful that there is a school/classroom to attend. Josie really needs something to focus on when he’s in hospital, he looks forward to getting out of his room and working/studying English, Maths and other interesting topics he can learn about. It has really made a difference to his mood during the hospital stays, having been admitted so many times throughout the past 7 months. Furthermore, it helps him keep on top of his schooling.’
‘Thank you for helping me for the past 10 months. You have helped me to keep as motivated and hopeful for my future as I could have been. I cant wit to start college and maybe become a paramedic. I’ll always remember this school and everyone in it’
‘The service aims to enable pupils with long-term illnesses, mental health issues or who are pregnant to remain in education…... You and your staff ensure that these aims are fully met. Most pupils have missed long periods of learning due to illness. They make remarkable progress during their short time in the school.
Pupils told us that, without the school, they would not be able to engage fully in learning or sit any examinations. Parents value the high-quality teaching provided alongside the excellent care and support given to each individual pupil.’