Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

SMSC and British Values

SMSC

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development is the term used to embrace the broader dimension of the curriculum.  It ranges from teaching in RE and citizenship through to sex and relationship education and a wide range of wider-curricular and out-of-school activities. Importantly these vital dimensions of life and growth should be present across the entire curriculum.

Click here to view evidence of pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

British Values

Oasis Academy Bank Leaze is committed to ensuring that all pupils understand that there are fundamental British Values that are vital for all citizens to lead a full and active life in modern Britain.

British Value

Academy Provision

Democracy

All students have the opportunity to vote for Student Councillors.

Assemblies are given about democracy and the functions of parliament when national elections are held and when teaching about the events of the 5th November. Students understand that there are two parts to parliament and that adults get to vote for members of one part (the House of Commons).  They understand that the Queen has a neutral role and cannot enter the House of Commons.

Year 5 and 6 students study Animal Farm as a key text and look at differing political systems and discuss how ‘fair’ or ‘democratic’ these may be.  Year 5 and 6 also discuss democracy when they study Ancient Greece.

Am MP has visited the Academy this year.

The Rule of Law

Students are taught that the Academy has rules that need to be followed in order for everybody to be safe. The Academy Code of Conduct makes it clear that not following the agreed rules results in consequences but these will be fair and age appropriate. Our ‘Green Points’ system makes it clear that following the rules that allow everyone to feel safe brings rewards.

Visits form the Fire Service and Police help to reinforce the importance of an agreed set of rules for keeping everyone safe.

Individual Liberty

Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs, choose the level of challenge in some lessons

Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedom and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E:Safety teaching.

Mutual Respect

Children in KS2 are taught P4C (Philosophy for children). A key premise of this is that individuals are entitled to their own views (unless these views would harm others) and that we should respect the views of others even if we disagree with them. This is highlighted by the way in which students are taught to thank others for their opinions before challenging them.

Children are encouraged to give their views about events in the Academy – subject leaders regularly carry out pupil focus groups (pupil conferencing) as part of their analysis of the quality of provision.

Children are taught the value of shaking hands in our society. The principal does this for every student in KS2 at the start of every week.

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

Assemblies are presented about different religious festivals around the world and their origins.

Religious education through-out the academy looks at ALL world faiths.

Students are given the chance to give simple presentations about their faith if they wish to do so. This is managed sensitively by class teachers.