Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

At Consett Academy we believe that it is important to support students in their academic studies, as well as their spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development.  As such we endeavour to create an ethos in which all students feel able to explore these aspects throughout Academy life.

In focusing on the student’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development we hope to enable our young people to develop their personal qualities and become:

  •  Responsible for themselves, accepting an appropriate measure of responsibility;
  •  Confident and competent both academically and socially;
  •  Able to distinguish between right and wrong;
  •  Able to articulate their own attitudes and values;
  •  Able to understand and be sensitive to the beliefs, values and ways of life of others, responding appropriately to injustice and prejudice;
  •  Demonstrate tolerance towards others
  •  Demonstrate an understanding of British values
  •  Caring, considerate and compassionate;
  •  Skilled in working collaboratively and independently;
  •  Able to reflect on their learning and plan for future development;
  •  Able to respond positively to challenges and problems.

All staff, including Support Staff are involved in spiritual, moral, social and cultural education. These qualities should be evident in the way that children and adults interact throughout the Academy, in accordance with many other existing qualities.
In developing our spiritual awareness we are supporting our young people to explore beliefs and experiences; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; as well as use imagination and creativity.
In developing our moral awareness we are supporting our young people to recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.

In developing our social awareness we are encouraging our young people to investigate moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and be cooperate; resolve conflict; demonstrate tolerance towards others; engage with the fundamental values of British democracy.

In developing our cultural awareness we are supporting our young people to appreciate cultural differences and cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

In promoting British values we are supporting our young people in demonstrating tolerance to all faiths and belief systems; mutual respect for one another; individual liberty, democracy and the law. We do not see the promotion of British values as a stand-alone element of the curriculum, rather we aim to embed these aspects throughout academy life.

At Consett Academy we aim to achieve students spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through:

  •  Our Inspire and Enrichment programmes
  •  A focused tutorial programme with challenges to engage students in the elements of SMSC
  •  Themed assemblies led by a variety of staff and visitors
  •  All subjects within the curriculum
  •  Extra-curricular activities ranging from competitions to weekly clubs
  •  Developing our International Links and gaining International Schools Award
  •  Active Student Voice, demonstrating leadership qualities from Year 7-13