SMSC


Purpose

This is the over-arching umbrella that encompasses personal development across our curriculum.

SMSC is at the heart of life at Park. It requires students to think about the kind of people they aspire to be, the kind of futures they aspire to build for themselves and the kind of world they aspire to create.

Aims

To prepare students positively for life in modern Britain and promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith. Enabling students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence and ability to make good choices. While also encouraging students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working locally and to society at large.

Areas of Study

Our approach to SMSC is divided into 5 main areas of study:

  • Britishness and Culture [including Citizenship],
  • Careers and Enterprise [including Information, Advice and Guidance],
  • Health and Well-being,
  • Relationships and Sex Education,
  • Religious Studies

These areas are underpinned by our work as a Rights Respecting School – In a Rights Respecting School the students have an opportunity to learn about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child through family assemblies and student-led groups. As a Rights Respecting School we not only teach our students about children’s rights but we also model rights and respect in all our relationships between staff, staff and students, and between students.

‘More Than just a school;’ An expansive curriculum

Assemblies – At Park Community school we have weekly school, year and family assemblies where students gather together for a common purpose. A wide variety of areas are covered which are closely matched in content to different areas of the curriculum. There are common termly themes throughout the year which are underpinned by specific local, British or worldwide celebration and awareness days. This means that there is a coherence to the delivery of SMSC across the school as a community.

Butterfly Broadcasts – This is a broadcast, which lasts around 4 minutes, shown during the week in a Personal Development slot. It covers the local, national and international news of the day. It is an important feature of the week as it allows students to consider current affairs; broadening their knowledge of the world around them.

Mentoring – Mentors have a specific slot during the Tuesday amphitheatre time where they mentor students on a one to one basis. These sessions will focus on academic achievement and progress as well as community and extra-curricular involvement. It is an essential part of life at Park as we believe that good solid relationships should be forged between at least one adult and student in their time at school. This means that they always feel safe and supported in the school environment. Mentors also have opportunities to meet for one to one sessions with students and their parents at the two Student Review Days held at the start of each academic year and at the mid-point in February.

Challenge days – Challenge days are whole days off curriculum where students learn and take part in activities that are over and above their normal working day; working on SMSC topics in greater depth. The topics covered include Britishness, tolerance, relationships education, citizenship, making informed choices with regards alcohol and drugs as well as making good career choices. Challenge days are often supported by outside speakers with specialist knowledge and/or real-life experiences in the fields that they are exploring. The days provide invaluable opportunities for students to work outside of their normal comfort zones, which helps to develop their confidence.

Student Voice - Weekly meetings with the Student Voice Committee and monthly whole school representation gives all students the opportunity to have a voice on subjects that they feel strongly about whether in school or the wider community society. All students opinions matter and we endeavour to be non-judgemental and the chance for students to feel heard and action to be taken as a result.

We like to be a supportive and slightly critical friend to our wonderful school. We are also linked to the Portsmouth University Unloc and Gosport and Fareham Unloc Forums and attend their bi annual meetings where we represent the views and opinions of our school. The Student Voice Committee take their role very seriously and all meetings are minuted and sent to all staff, students and governors. The students on the committee are interviewed and include head students and perfects.

Ambassadors - students have the opportunities to be Ambassadors for Sports, Food and ISTEM.

Sports Ambassadors, for example: we have 150 Sports Ambassadors from Year 7 to Year 11. Sports Ambassadors have to have a practical interview and write an application. They are interviewed and selected by other SA. The aim is to build confidence and develop self -esteem, and most importantly to be an excellent role model for the school. Once selected students have compulsory training every Tuesday after school. They then are introduced to every Primary School in the area, where they officiate every Sports Day and on a weekly basis deliver lessons, ranging from Gymnastics, Dance and Games to Outdoor pursuits and Athletics. They have the opportunity to excel in all areas by giving freedom for them to teach sports under supervision.

The ambassadors also deliver the Young Leader Award to 20 students from each school and as a follow on these students become SA at Park. They also supervise at the Mountbatten Centre the Primary Schools Athletics Competition/ Swimming Galas/Inclusive Competitions and Emsworth Cricket festival. They have the opportunity to be nominated for Sports Ambassador of the Year and also to be part of the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust AQA Unlocking Potential Scheme. They learn to be organised, think on their feet, deal with health and safety issues, communicate clearly and be positive and upbeat when delivering sessions. It really is a wonderful experience for them.

Food ambassadors. We have around 15 Food Ambassadors who meet with our catering team each week to help them to understand what our students want in terms of food. In addition, the ambassadors have the opportunity to work alongside our multi award winning Head Chef and his award-winning catering team to deliver food for every occasion. Ambassadors meet for after school clubs when the students have the opportunity to work in our professional kitchen or off site and with local business.

Students also have the chance to work with the catering team at our school farm learning more about our field to fork mentality. This helps them to understand where their food comes from and what they are eating.

ISTEM Ambassadors meet every Wednesday after school for year 7 & 8 and year 9s on Thursdays. Students are involved in multiple stem focused projects and competitions to enthuse and inspire them to pursue science, technology, engineering and maths careers. For example, a recycling project in school where plastic drink bottle tops are shredded and melted to make products such as flower pots, which can be sold to the public. Some of the products have been entered into the BP ultimate STEM challenge. We also run ISTEM parents sessions, which involves ISTEM ambassadors working alongside parents to create keep sake items such as Christmas decorations made from recycled materials.

Enterprise - Students are taught the capabilities of Enterprise through a range of activities that take place at our extended facilities. These capabilities allow our students to be creative, innovative, make decisions and build self-confidence. The enterprise curriculum allows students to learn how to manage resources, work with others, manage risk and to be effective communicators. Our enterprise curriculum aims to develop the employability and soft skills that underpin the hard skills and qualifications students can gain.

The activities include:

  • Park Design and Print [PDP] - an introduction to setting up a small business. Students learn how a small business operates, spend some time with each department, sales, design, production and admin.
  • PDP Design Project - students work with our professional graphic designer to create a bespoke t-shirt, from start to finish, and then turn the design into reality.
  • Park Farm Plant and Grow project – an introduction to horticulture, learning about planting cycles and suitable crops.
  • Park Farm Animal Husbandry – an introduction to looking after farm animals in the correct way, including feeding, general care and health.
  • Park Kitchen - students are given the opportunity to experience working in our commercial kitchen. The experience covers health and safety and who does what to make a commercial kitchen run smoothly and efficiently to produce great food for large numbers.
  • Apex centre – an introduction to some of the different areas of construction which will include skills such as brick laying, plastering, painting and decorating and joinery.

Families – The overall aim of the Family system is to connect all year groups within the school, providing them with the opportunity to further develop skills and experiences to become confident and well-rounded individuals. Families aim to get students to work to help each other build confidence through collaboration, persevering through a task, taking risks as a group to achieve a common goal and learning to be enquiring and creative in a safe atmosphere. Families do this by providing Family members with enjoyable and competitive Family events as well as learning about the UNCRC and raising awareness of those in need.

Careers [Information, Advice and Guidance] –Students learn about the world of work and the range of opportunities open to them after their time at Park. We work very closely with local employers through our career related sessions with EBP. We offer careers fairs, speakers, college taster days and university residentials including Oxford/Cambridge and mock interviews with local employers. All students can have a 1:1 personal careers appointment with our trained independent impartial careers advisor. All students also undertake two weeks work experience during year 10.

Religious studies – The purpose of Religious Studies lessons (RS) is to support students in developing their own coherent patterns of values and principles, and to support their spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development. Our focus is on the development of personal patterns of values in the light of contemporary ethical and social issues facing society.

The agreed syllabus which provides the legal framework for Religious Education states that “we have to understand how and why people live differently from each other and respect their right to do so. Living Difference identifies that respecting difference requires us to engage with difference confidently. We need to identify how and why we have different beliefs, attitudes and practices from other people. By doing this, we can gain respect from others. Accepting difference does not imply agreement; nor does it imply that all difference is acceptable. It is important that students make reasoned and informed judgements about difference and that these are based on beliefs and values that they sincerely hold, and that they can express and defend in reasoned debate. Teachers have a responsibility for helping students to develop their beliefs and values, in relation to those values that society prizes. As a result, the agreed syllabus places particular importance upon the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students."

Agreed Syllabus, ‘Living Difference’, for Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton

The purpose of RS at Park is therefore to promote students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through an awareness and appreciation of diversity and difference of beliefs and values, cultures and societies within the UK and the wider world. As part of this students are offered the chance to respond and in so doing develop their own sense of self and place in the local, national and global community. In key stage 4 RS will lead to a ½ GCSE qualification.

Personal Development – In these daily lessons students work with their mentors. The sessions are divided into 3 types:

  1. Reading – Monday to Thursday A programme for each year group will cover the key areas of reading aloud, reading in your head and being read to. Students will explore a range of texts from reading lists designed to develop cultural capital as well as selecting their own reading material from the library. Students will develop their active reading skills through the completion of a reading journal.
  2. Mentor maths – a weekly class quiz covering different elements of maths – focussing on practising mathematical fluency.
  3. Personal Development [SMSC] – this is a slightly longer weekly discussion-based session. Here students cover issues related to Britishness and Culture [including Citizenship], Careers and Enterprise, Health and Well-being, Relationships and Sex Education.

SMSC Implementation Map

Our SMSC curriculum.

SMSC explores many issues that are of interest to parents. Helpful sources of support for parents can be found at the following links: