SMSC

SMSC stands for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural learning. All students, whilst studying at EPCS, partake in a number of activities in and out of the classroom that develop their understanding of these key concepts, allowing them to become well rounded individuals with an ability to consider all pathways in life. SMSC is not taught; it is instead an opportunity for students to use time to research and develop thoughts about life topics – so that they leave each session with greater knowledge and have come to their own decisions, weighing up what matters to them. EPCS drives the notion that ‘knowledge is power’ and through our rigorous SMSC programme, we ensure that all students have the knowledge to make good life choices and become the best people they can be.

Spiritual Education.

We strive to:

  • Give students opportunities to research the beliefs of others
  • Discuss the reasons behind different beliefs
  • Weigh up the similarities and differences of different beliefs
  • Provide students with time to consider why they believe to be important
  • Learn more about the world around them
  • Reflect on their experiences and reconsider their actions
  • Imagine scenarios and their outcomes
  • Evaluate their ability to deal with certain situations

To do this we offer students a number of opportunities:

  • PHSE sessions on love, friendship, sex and morality.
  • Assemblies offering information on topical beliefs – we explored the reasons for acts of terrorism after discussing events in Brussels.
  • Prevent strategy
  • Excursions to new places – trips and challenges that push students outside of their comfort zone.
  • Sign up to groups such as Life Skills or Duke of Edinburgh.
  • Mentoring, to reflect on past success and areas of improvement
  • Adviza sessions.
  • Sign up to national events, such as Kindness Day.

Moral Education.

We strive to:

  • Make students clearly aware of right and wrong actions in society
  • Show students the consequences of actions, in order to promote behaviours that will support and nurture their drive to succeed.
  • Share viewpoints of others, taking one situation and considering feelings from a number of perspectives.
  • Weigh up ethical issues that may link to a person’s moral stance.

To do this we offer students a number of opportunities:

  • Bike It Crew – information to all on the effects of carbon footprints
  • Assemblies on The Rule of Law
  • E-Safety day – Year 9
  • Law PHSE sessions
  • Anti-bullying group
  • Enterprise – group work on a large scale.

Social Education.

We strive to:

  • Provide students with opportunities in a range of contexts both in and out of school.
  • Encourage students to participate in new experiences.
  • Commit to our community projects and ensure engagement with community groups.
  • Discuss British Values and debate the importance of heritage.
  • Think about ways every person can contribute to the atmosphere of a room, an organisation, a school or even a community.

To do this we offer students a number of opportunities:

  • Consistent reference to Respect and Pride
  • Maintaining equality across all groups, for rewards and for sanctions, adhering to one law.
  • Remembering British Values by revisiting key historical events in both History and RS.
  • Celebrating a number of social conventions through assemblies.
  • Partaking in community projects such as GET SET for Community Action
  • Actively working with Partner Primaries to build a friendship and act as role models within the community.
  • Partake in National competitions such as The Big Pedal (Top Regional Winner!) and Bike It (Bronze Award). The Lit Quiz, Discovering Democracy Awards (winner) and STEM youth projects (silver engagement award)

Cultural Education.

We strive to:

  • Give students the opportunity to think about where their own beliefs and morals come from.
  • Help students realise the differences between different areas across the UK and the wider world.
  • Draw attention to the large amount of cultural groups and ethnicities and give students opportunities to learn about their differences, their beliefs and their origins.
  • Ensure students partake in real world activities, emulating British life.
  • Encourage creativity through the arts
  • An appreciation of diversity and what it can offer a society.

To do this we offer students a number of opportunities:

  • Democratic elections – students vote for their tutor representatives to sit on School Council, then elect a Parliament.
  • Participation in Youth Council – voicing the opinions of Bracknell youth
  • Trips to new places, to learn about other histories and beliefs
  • Politics PHSE unit
  • PA ambassadors
  • An active drama club
  • An annual school production
  • A number of dance, drama and music evenings throughout the year
  • Shakespeare’s School Festival