SMSC – (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education)

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education is crucial to the development of our students. It is achieved through a strong school ethos, supported by effective relationships throughout the school.

SMSC allows students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence enabling them to contribute positively to society while at school but also preparing them for life beyond school.

Spiritual development will allow students to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise and respect different faiths, feelings and values to their own.

Moral development will allow students to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to gain knowledge of legal boundaries. They will understand the consequence of their behaviour and actions and learn to take responsibility for these. Moral development education will encourage students to offer reasoned viewpoint on ethical issues and appreciate that others may have different viewpoints.

Social development is shown by a pupil’s ability to work with a range of students perhaps from different ethnic or socio- economic backgrounds. Students will be encouraged to take part in volunteer activities and participate in a range of social settings. Social development also demonstrates engagement with fundamental British values such as democracy, mutual tolerance and respect for others.

Cultural development will allow students to understand and appreciate the range of cultural influences that have shaped their own life and the lives of others. It is demonstrated by a students’ willingness to participate in music, sport, drama, dance and other cultural activities. Cultural development helps students to accept and celebrate diversity among both the school population and within wider society.

RISK TAKING BEHAVIOUR

This unit is designed to help pupils make informed choices about their lifestyle. It considers the impacts alcohol, drugs and tobacco may have on their body and decision making. It also informs pupils about healthy relationships and raise awareness about practising safe sexual relationships.

Year 7

  • What changes are associated with puberty?
  • How to manage conflict in relationships
  • What impacts of alcohol and smoking may have?

Year 8

  • What makes a healthy relationship?
  • What types of contraception are available?
  • What are the effects and issues associated with legal and illegal drugs?

Year 9

  • What makes a safe intimate relationship?
  • What forms of contraception are available?
  • What are STIs and how can pupils protect themselves?
  • What are the risks around sharing indecent images?
  • What are the impacts of using legal and illegal substances?

Year 10

  • What are the risks associated with unprotected sex?
  • What risks can alcohol pose to health and well-being?
  • What is the law around illegal drugs?
  • What impact can tobacco have on health?

Useful websites

https://www.drinkaware.co.uk
https://www.disrespectnobody.co.uk
www.talktofrank.com
http://www.ash.org.uk

Lesson Plan

Keeping Safe Online

This unit aims to raise awareness of on-line safety. It considers student’s digital foot print and how to stay safe on line. It also raises awareness of how to use social media in a positive way.

Year 7

  • What is your digital reputation?
  • How can I make safe choices on social networking sites?
  • What is plagiarism?

Year 8

  • What is cyber bullying?
  • What is the law regarding the use of social media?

Year 9

  • How can I keep safe from grooming and exploitation?
  • What are the risks associated with ‘selfies’ and sharing of images on-line?

Year 10

  • Why is sexting risky?
  •  What are the legal implications of sexting?

Year 11

  • What is grooming?
  • What are the implications of uploading videos on social media?
  • What does the law state about social media use?

Useful websites

www.childnet.org
www.thinkuknow.org

Lesson Plan

MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING

This unit aims to help students understand issues around mental health and wellbeing. The key focus is on removing stigma and building resilience by encouraging students to think about healthy coping strategies.

Year 7

  • What is mental health?
  • How can I build resilience?

Year 8

  • What the issues are around self-harm?
  • What are healthy strategies for managing emotions?

Year 9

  • What is the truth about eating disorders?
  • How can I control stress?

Year 10

  • What are the issues around anxiety and depression?
  • What are healthy strategies for managing wellbeing?

Year 11

  • What are the key issues regarding mental health in society?
  • How does society try and support those with mental health issues?

Useful websites

www.youngminds.org.uk
http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/

Careers Information And Advice

This unit is designed to help students with planning for their future. It raises awareness of the different routes available post 16 as well as providing information on how to apply for jobs.

Year 7

  • What are 21st Century jobs in Teesside?
  • How do I apply for a job?
  • How do I make decisions about careers?

Year 8

  • What is personal branding?
  • How do I construct a CV?
  • What are labour laws in the UK regarding children?

Year 9

  • Why has participation age risen to 18?
  • What is an apprenticeship?
  • What are vocational qualifications and A levels?
  • Options for GCSE includes skills, pathways and booklet launch

Year 10

  • Preparation and debrief relating to work experience
  • Pupils will take part in work experience during year 10

Year 11

  • What post 16 routes are available?
  • What are employability skills for 21st Century?
  • What are possible recruitment processes for candidates?

Useful websites

www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/
https://www.stockton.gov.uk/children-and-young-people/youth-direction/
https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/

Lesson Plan

Law, Justice, Democracy and Politics

This unit on law and justice will help students understand why laws are required in Britain and how laws are implemented and upheld in British society. The older students will consider why there is separation of power between the executive and judiciary. The older student will also consider the role of international law.

Year 7

  • What if there were no rules?
  • Why does society need rules to function?

Year 8

  • Why do people commit crime?
  • What are the different viewpoints on crime and how can it be tackled?

Year 9

  • How are laws made?
  • How does the British justice system work?

Year 10

  • Does prison work?
  • What are the strategies that could be used to reduce crime?

Year 11

  • What is international humanitarian law?
  • How does Human Rights Act work in the UK and how are decision HRA made?

Useful websites:

www.fearless.org
https://www.icrc.org/en/war-and-law
https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/about-the…justice-system/court-structure

Lesson Plan

The politics and democracy unit aims to help students understand what a democracy is and why it is important to vote. Students will develop an awareness that there are different points of view on how society should be run. This forms part of the requirement for fundamental British values.

Year 7

  • What is meant by left and right politics?
  • What are the main UK political parties?

Year 8

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of a democracy?
  • What has the government ever done for us?

Year 9

  • What are different policies of the main UK political parties?
  • Why should I vote?

Year 10

  • What is the UK’s place in the world?
  • What are advantages and disadvantages of being in the EU?

Year 11

  • What are the key contemporary political issues in the UK?
  • What are the viewpoints of different parties and how do I decide who to vote for?

Useful websites:

www.parliament.uk/education
www.europa.eu

FINANCE AND ENTERPRISE

In this unit students will learn about the need to balance budgets and how wants and needs differ over time. The KS4 students will focus on borrowing money, taxation and how to understand payslips. There will be input from a major high street bank.

Year 7

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Year 8

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Year 9

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Year 10

  • Why and how can money be borrowed?
  • What are risks associated with borrowing, including payday loans?

Year 11

  • What is taxation for?
  • How to understand a payslip
  • Why do we pay national insurance?

Useful websites:

www.pfeg.org
http://www.moneymakesense.co.uk/

Lesson Plan

GLOBAL ISSUES AND HUMAN RIGHTS

This unit will help students understand some of the key issues in the world they live. A range of contemporary global issues will be explored. It will allow students to engage in meaningful discussion and raise awareness of how they could be involved through numerous charity organisations.

Year 7

  • What is the global pattern of education?
  • Does every child get an education?
  • What are the impacts of not going to school?

Year 8

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Year 9

  • What is an asylum seeker?
  • Where do refugees come from?
  • What the differences between asylum seekers and refuges?
  • What is the local situation in Stockton regarding these groups?

Year 10

  • What are the issues around food banks, food waste and global food supply?
  • How can we tackle food issues locally, nationally and globally?

Year 11

  • What are issues that affect women including FGM, forced and arranged marriage?

Useful websites:

www.refugeecouncil.org.uk
https://www.trusselltrust.org/what-we-do
www.actionaid.org/what-we-do/womens-rights
www.sendmyfriend.org

DIVERSITY AND TOLERANCE

Year 7

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Year 8

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Year 9

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Year 10

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Year 11

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Tackling Racism and Bullying

The main aim of this unit is to help students understand terms such as racism, prejudice and stereotyping. It also considers the range of diverse ethnic groups that live in Britain. It therefore fulfils part of the British Values criteria of tolerance and help prepare students for life in modern Britain.

Year 7

  • What assumptions might I be making about people?
  • To understand and challenge personal assumptions

Year 8

  • What does racism mean?
  • What is acceptable language to use in society?
  • How does the media influence attitudes to BAME?

Year 9

  • What is the history of racism?
  • What is Islamophobia and how can it be tackled?

Year 10

  • What are the different GRT groups living in Britain today?
  • To be able to challenge stereotypes of GRT

Year 11

  • What is intuitional racism?
  • How can racism be tackled in the workplace?

Useful websites:

www.theredcard.org
www.standuptoracism.org.uk

Lesson Plan

The unit aims to make sure students understand the different forms that bullying can take. It includes advice on how to cope if they are a victim and will make students aware of the need to be tolerant to everyone in the school and wider community.

Year 7

  • How do we learn to be together?
  • How do we make Egglescliffe School a good place to learn?
  • How do I make sure that my listening skills are outstanding?

Year 8

  • What is Egglescliffe definition of bullying and the school’s policy on bullying?
  • What types of bullying exist?
  • Why do people bully?

Year 9

  • What is homophobic bullying?
  • How can homophobic bullying be addressed?

Year 10

  • What is peer pressure?
  • Why do people join gangs?
  • What are the consequences of being in a gang?

Year 11

This part of the unit is currently being re-designed

Useful websites:

www.kidscape.org.uk 
www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk
www.childline.org.uk

Lesson Plan

ROLE OF THE MEDIA

The main aim of these lessons is to help students understand the power of the media and its influence on our opinions and decisions they make. It is a vital that students have the skills to question what they read and what they see.

Year 7

  • What is the media?
  • Who controls the media?

Year 8

  • How does media photo shopping affect perception?
  • How does media portray different groups in society?

Year 9

  • How media creates stereotypes?
  • What is class dominant theory/

Year 10

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Year 11

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Useful websites:

www.dove.us/Social-Mission/campaign-for-real-beauty.aspx

Lesson Plan