Spiritual, moral, social and cultural education helps children develop personal qualities, which are valued in a civilised society. For example, thoughtfulness, honesty, respect for difference, moral principles, independence, and self-respect. At Pedmore High School we look to teach these qualities across the curriculum and throughout school life and they form an intrinsic part of our school aims and philosophy.
Pedmore High School uses the following definitions of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural:
Beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform students’ perspective on life and their interest in and respect of different people’s feelings and values; Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them, including the intangible; Use of imagination and creativity in their learning willingness to reflect on their experiences.
Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and students’ readiness to apply this understanding in their own lives; Understanding of the consequences of their actions; Interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues.
Use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with students from different religious, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds; Willingness to participate in a variety of social settings, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively; Interest in, and understanding of, the way communities and societies function at a variety of levels.
Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage; Willingness to participate in, and respond to, for example, artistic, musical, sporting, mathematical, technological, scientific and cultural opportunities; Interest in exploring, understanding of, and respect for cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socioeconomic groups in the local, national and global communities.