SMSC at Penryn College
‘The human being is not born as it is but grows and develops over time into an autonomous person.’ (Kant)
At Penryn College we value each pupil as individuals and believe in supporting them to achieve the best they can. It is also important that we take the responsibility to develop the whole child by helping pupils grow and develop as people and preparing them for the adult world.
‘SMSC development is crucial for individual pupils and for society as a whole. Most teachers would see it as the heart of what education is about – helping pupils grow and develop as people.’ (Ofsted)
We whole heartily believe that we should help develop all pupils and SMSC is crucial in doing this. At Penryn College we link to SMSC through lessons, assemblies, tutor time, voting voice and through the ethos of the school.
What does SMSC cover?
Spiritual development is not only about religious exploration or faith, this subject is covered in Religious Education, the spiritual in SMSC is about developing the non-material aspects of life, focusing on personal insight, values, meaning and purpose. Beliefs that help provide perspective on life may or may not link to religious beliefs. Creativity and imagination is important, as is a sense of fascination, awe and wonder.
Morals are about the way you live and the choices you make. Considering the choices in life which might be right or wrong. Morals might also include personal or those in society. Sessions in tutor time or assemblies, or in class, might explore the consequences of decisions, other people’s needs, and ways of learning from experience.
Social development shows pupils working together effectively, relating well to adults and participating in the local community. This element of SMSC includes a significant area of personal growth, ranging from being involved in things within society or in school.
Cultural development is about understanding different people, cultures and beliefs. This will link across any subject areas and within school looking for opportunities for pupils to experience creative and expressive arts and the beyond school, Penryn, Cornwall and the UK. Valuing cultural diversity and challenging racism is important.