Social, Moral, Spirtitual and Cultural Education

SMSC and British Values

At Peacehaven community school we are proud of our community and the role the school can take within our local community. Our three aims are community, participation and leadership which define all actions in school. We are a UNICEF Rights Respecting School and aim to be working towards our Level 2 Rights Respecting award in 2017-18. The values of the rights respecting award have underpinned our determination to make sure that children are prepared for the world they are growing into, so that they grasp the opportunities offered to them and are not limited by the choices they make as children.

The fundamental British values are:

• Democracy
• The rule of law
• Individual liberty
• Mutual respect
• Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Each of these values are taught explicitly where appropriate in tutor time, through assemblies, PSHE & Citizenship lessons and other subject areas but we also believe that all our students by signing up to our aims will demonstrate these in the local community and beyond.

Our own school values support and underpin all of our SMSC and character education and British values is integral to this.

Participation • Leadership • Community

Tutor time is divided into 6 themes that help underpin our SMSC and character education.

2017/18 Termly Theme Student body campaign/event
Term 1 Gratitude  
Term 2 Grit PCS Vs Homophobia
Term 3 Ambition & Leadership  
Term 4 Health & Wellbeing TBC
Term 5 British Values  
Term 6 Community One Love Peacehaven festival
Democracy

Everyone is a leader at something. School is about finding the strength to lead and also the strength to follow.

A passion for democracy is strong amongst our staff and students, we have a determination that all students are to be show how they have a choice and my making an active choice to be part of society, they will have an influence. Though citizenship lessons students will learn the theory of democracy, UK parliamentary system and develop a firm understanding of local to international governance.

We elect student presidents each year (following a campaign period) to represent the student body around the school, separate to the school council, this show a clear understanding of the difference between legislative and executive functions in democracies. Our student council and leaders of learning give feedback to staff and propose changes to the school whilst minutes and questions are reported back via the tutor programme.

In tutor, we have an SMSC curriculum that includes time to participate in national events such as the ‘big vote’ and UK youth parliament, but also develop an understanding that not all places have equal democracy and the fortune the students at PCS have to experience democracy.

The Rule of Law

Everyone is a leader at something. School is about finding the strength to lead and also the strength to follow.

A passion for democracy is strong amongst our staff and students, we have a determination that all students are to be show how they have a choice and my making an active choice to be part of society, they will have an influence. Though citizenship lessons students will learn the theory of democracy, UK parliamentary system and develop a firm understanding of local to international governance.

We elect student presidents each year (following a campaign period) to represent the student body around the school, separate to the school council, this show a clear understanding of the difference between legislative and executive functions in democracies. Our student council and leaders of learning give feedback to staff and propose changes to the school whilst minutes and questions are reported back via the tutor programme.

In tutor, we have an SMSC curriculum that includes time to participate in national events such as the ‘big vote’ and UK youth parliament, but also develop an understanding that not all places have equal democracy and the fortune the students at PCS have to experience democracy.

Individual Liberty

As a right’s respecting school, we believe that students are to be taught that it is actions that make an impact and they are free to make those actions, all students are explained and agree to our central message for participation.

We expect everyone to sign up to the ambition of our school. When you arrive, you join in – from your uniform to your manners to the quality of the work in your exercise book. We will provide you with the opportunity to succeed, and we expect you and your supporters at home to do everything possible to make that happen.

We accept and support students from all parts of our community and make sure that all students through our pastoral team are able to discuss and feel safe in school, so they are not in fear of making their own choices in regards to their life.

Mutual Respect

PCS is a community and this includes a mutual respect between all members of the community is important. We also spread this message to our students in the wider community. Staff should respect the rights of a child and all faculties are expected to make a contribution to knowledge of and demonstration of mutual respect through the rights of a child.

We develop international respect though being a global learning school and have huge pride in the charity work the school completes throughout the year for a range of charity fundraising including recently the

clocktower sanctuary for homeless people in Brighton allowing discussions on how all members of our community should be respected.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths & Beliefs

Community Cohesion is central to the ethos of PCS. It is integral to all areas of our work within our school, local, national and international community. In essence, this means at PCS we promote an inclusive culture where every individual or group of individuals matters. We promote and celebrate an inclusive culture where:

• There is a common vision and sense of belonging by all communities
• The diversity of people's backgrounds and circumstances is appreciated and valued
• Equal life opportunities are available to all
• Strong and positive relationships exist and continue to be developed within the school and the wider community

Religious education following the East Sussex SACRE is taught to all students and all students have the option of studying this at GCSE.

Notices

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01273 581100
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