SMSC lies at the heart of our school. It underpins our work; it puts into words our ethos and common values and it is about those special moments in education that we remember for the rest of our lives.
SMSC stands for Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural.
We take as a touchstone David Blunkett’s words,
The vast majority of people in our society, regardless of their ethnic background, want the same things for themselves and their children. As we share a common citizenship, we have to find a way of working and living together successfully. Our aim should be to create an inclusive society, where local communities meet the needs of all groups and share a dialogue which transcends differences.”
For Toynbee, this means valuing ourselves, our families and other groups in the wider community to which we belong; including the global community and our responsibilities as a citizen of the world. SMSC is about how a school fosters and develops a pupils’ values, principles, beliefs which will inform their perspective on life and their behaviour. We are committed to the values of personal best, respect, co-operation and appreciation and this permeates our curriculum as well as our wider activities. We aspire for all our young people to leave school as thoughtful, caring, responsible and engaged members of society.
As you would expect, SMSC is everywhere at school.
1. Every subject’s contribution to SMSC is mapped using an auditing tool. This is updated by Heads of Dept. Each subject’s contribution makes up the whole.
2. Central to our provision, is our 'Current Affairs' lesson which takes place every week, across all year groups in tutor time. The lesson powerpoints are uploaded to the front page of our website weekly so that parents can also engage in discussion with their children about current topics and help us to support their child in extending their vocabulary. Topics have included; Malala Yousafzai, the Ebola epidemic, the Scottish Referendum, Mobile phone use, the Tibet earthquake disaster, the refugee situation, Black Rights in America, Record Breaking attempts and anything that strikes us as discussion worthy. These sesions also develop pupils' Citizenship knowledge, their Literacy skills & confidence in discussions.
3. Weekly Inspirational Quotations lead our assemblies and Current Affairs discussions.
4. PDL - Personal Development Learning (PSHE) Days on specific themes when the whole school is off timetable and following a different programme based on the themes below. External speakers and local service providers are used as much as possible to involve the pupils in their community and life beyond school as much as possible.
Year 7 - Fair Trade & Enterprise/ Flood Homes & Mathematical skills
Year 8 - Democracy Day
Year 9 - Careers, Choices & Options
Year 10 - What Does it Mean to be British?
Year 11 - Preparation for Life after Toynbee; Careers, Colleges, Cvs
Year 7 - Inspirational People & their Teams
Year 8 - Teenage Role Models - Positive & Negative
Year 9 - Personal Safety
Year 10 - LGBT
Year 11 - Walking Talking Mocks for Core subjects
Year 7 - Lepra Charity Fundraising & Healthy Lifestyle
Year 8 - World Languages & English Heritage
Year 9 - Army Themed day, Problem Solving, Team work & Fitness, Careers
Year 10 - Employability Skills day
There are 3 PDL days per year for each year group with a carefully mapped programme for each specific year group. The themes are reviewed and updated each year.
5. Weekly assemblies which link into our theme for the week and also National Awareness weeks, for example, Black History, Remembrance Day, esafety, Holocaust Survivor Week, Charity Days such as Children in Need, International Book Day, Literacy Week, World Book Day, National Poetry day, Anti Bullying Week
6.Special Occasion Assemblies which take place at specific points in the calendar such as Christmas, Easter, Remembrance Day, end of the school year. We make a particular point on these occasions of pulling the whole school together in one assembly space to celebrate our achievements and perform our talents.
7.Awards Evenings for each year group which acknowledge and acclaim the wonderful achievements, both academic and extra curricula, of our pupils with their parents. These are enjoyable performance occasions
8.The Student Leadership Team play a role in building our inclusive community by delivering assemblies, acting as school ambassadors at public events and leading the school’s Charity Fund Raising Programme.
9.Charity Week is extremely important to us as a school. Driven by the PLT is a week of fun & exciting activities culminating in a live music event at the end of the week in the evening. The pupils regularly raise over £2,000 for local and national charities each year.