All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC.
At West Kidlington Primary School and Nursery, we actively promote children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development through our broad and balanced curriculum.
What does this mean?
We explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values. We support children in understanding themselves, others and their surrounding world. We encourage our children to use their imagination, be creative and reflective.
We expect children to understand right from wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues and offer reasoned views.
We encourage and support our children to use a range of social skills; participate in their local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the ‘British values‘ of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.
We appreciate cultural influences; we appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; we encourage children to participate in culture opportunities; we understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
At the heart of The White Horse Federation is a belief in using collaboration to provide a first-class education to a wide range of children. This means that every child understands what they are capable of, and can collectively strive for excellence.
With current news and media full of speculation and conjecture about local lockdowns and the reopening of schools in September, I want to assure you that we're poised to take any required action.
To ensure we both make better decisions, we’ll communicate any plans when it’s closer to September. This will give us time to receive guidance from the Regional Schools Commissioner, the Department for Education, and we'll have a clearer understanding of the ever-evolving local situation. Experience has taught me that making plans on uncertainty and speculation can be costly and confusing, so we won’t do this.
I’m writing this message to let you know we have matters in hand, and you are at the forefront of our thinking. We expect to know more later this month and I will update you with further information on the 21st August.
Until then, please continue to look after yourselves and your loved ones. Health, well-being, and welfare should be at the front of all that we do.