SMSC

At Gawthorpe Community Academy we ensure social moral spiritual and cultural development is at the heart of daily life in our school. We aim to provide an education which provides pupils with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures. We recognise that the personal development of pupils plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve.

Our school community is a place where pupils can find acceptance for themselves as unique individuals and where forgiveness and the opportunity to start again is fundamental to the ethos of the academy.

All areas of the curriculum use illustrations and examples drawn from as wide a range of cultural contexts as possible. British values are promoted through our values curriculum. We provide pupils with the opportunities, responsibilities and life experiences to equip them for the next phase of their learning and for adult life.

Our Values Curriculum

Intent
At Gawthorpe adults model values and time is given for reflective practice. We believe that in order for learners to be effective learners and good citizens values need to be taught.

Our Values based learning philosophy underpins our work to actively promote fundamental British Values of democracy, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those from all faiths, backgrounds and cultures. Assemblies and events promote children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development enabling them to develop their own moral and ethical compass to guide their choices.

We have 4 overarching values: Respect; Resilience; Empathy and Reflection. Children’s understanding of these is deepened by the breadth of values underpinning them.

Respect (BV)ResilienceEmpathyReflection
Tolerance (BV)PerseveranceCooperationCuriosity
DemocracyDeterminationCaringHonesty
FriendshipOptimismKindnessSelf-regulation
JusticeIndependenceHappinessPatience
Liberty (BV)Self-beliefHumourPeace (with self)
ResponsibilityPositivityCompassionEngagement
EqualityCourageForgiveness
FreedomLove
(Rule of Law) (BV)Humility

Implementation
Our 4 values guide children’s choices, behaviour and learning. These 4 values are the basis of all values teaching and help children to make connections to deepen understanding.

Early Years

  • 4 overarching values to be introduced.
  • Examples from everyday life used to introduce each value.
  • More time spent on Empathy and Respect to develop friendships, rules, kindness and cooperation.
  • Learning powers are used throughout the school year, however in summer 2 children will be encouraged to reflect upon their learning behaviours to prepare them for the changes in year 1.
Key Stage 1

  • 4 overarching values revisited throughout the year to embed values.
  • Real life examples used to introduce each value.
  • Synonyms used to deepen understanding.
  • Learning powers are used throughout the school year to describe learning behaviours and values.
Key Stage 2

  • 4 overarching values revisited throughout the year to embed values.
  • Real life examples used to introduce each value.
  • Synonyms used to deepen understanding.
  • Learning powers are used throughout the school year to describe learning behaviours and values.

Fundamental British Values

Using the fundamental British values of: Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect and Tolerance; our pupils are prepared for life as citizens of modern Britain.

Impact
Pupils understand social, moral, spiritual and cultural influences in their community and the wider world. They make informed choices based on their own values and beliefs with a strong sense of what is right and wrong, respect, resilience, empathy and reflection.