SMSC through Religious Education, P.S.H.E. and Citizenship Programmes
The aim of the PSHE, SMSC and Citizenship programme at HAMD is to guide students during their personal development so they become happy, productive and conscientious members of society equipped with the skills, knowledge and experiences to make positive changes to their lives and to the lives of the wider global community.
We expect students to understand the benefits of living and learning in Great Britain; to understand the freedoms this provides and the values we must all aspire to uphold in our everyday lives. This area of the curriculum has been tailored to ensure that all students are ready for the challenges of life in the 21st century and deals with important, and at times challenging, topics such as e-Safety, radicalisation, sexual health, FGM, bullying and child sexual exploitation.
This Academy will deliver this element of our students’ education through a range of programmes, such as: Form Tutor Activities; Assemblies; SMSC & Wellbeing Days; AEE Week and the curriculum.
The Academy programmes will:
- enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
- enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
- encourage 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 in the locality of the school and to society more widely;
- enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;
- further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;
- encourage respect for other people; and
- encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.
The planned programmes will ensure students understand and have appropriate knowledge of:
- how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process;
- an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety;
- an understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence;
- an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law;
- an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour; and
- an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination.
How is this delivered?
PSHE is delivered through a range of Form Tutor time activities and through workshops, educational visits and classroom-based learning during our whole school drop-down days.
The main themes within the PSHE curriculum that are revisited at various stages throughout our students’ time at HAMD are: healthy body, healthy mind, healthy relationships and healthy choices. By the end of their schooling, students at HAMD will have developed an increasingly deep understanding of a range of issues ranging from: diet; drug and alcohol abuse; resilience and growth mind-set; sex and positive relationships; avoiding the dangers of gangs; understanding the effects of the media.
Citizenship is delivered through our Form Tutor time activity programme coupled with a drop-down day in which students from Years 7-10 take part in a range of activities focusing on: exploring and celebrating the diverse and inclusive world we live in; understanding how to live a healthy, active lifestyle and lay the foundations we need to live a long and healthy life; learning to make the right life choices and understanding the repercussions of our actions.
Students learn about all aspects of Citizenship throughout their time at HAMD; some of the main themes explored in depth include: democracy; rights and responsibilities; the work of the three branches of government; electoral systems; multiculturalism and crucially to our SMSC programme, being an active citizen.
There are many aspects of the Academy life that link into the PSHE, SMSC and Citizenship education of our students. These include Student Council activities, Prefect roles, Head Boy and Head Girl / Principal meetings and CIT events to name a few.
We are very proud of the holistic education the students are provided, to ensure they develop into young adults we can all be proud of.
In the 2017-18 academic year, our PSHE & Citizenship Days are:
Thursday 7th December
Theme 1: You don’t have to be British to have British Values
Friday 23rd March
Theme 2: Feeling healthy and feeling good about yourself is not a luxury – it’s an absolute necessity!
Thursday 19th July
Theme 3: The future’s bright… if you can find the light switch!
You can find a selection of examples of the areas covered in Tutor time at Harris Academy Morden. These include Terrorism and Radicalisation, FGM (female genital mutilation) and British Values.
Mr Stewart – Coordinator or PSHE, SMSC and Wellbeing