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A broad and balanced curriculum, which is accessible and will challenge students on an academic and personal level is vital. As is building a young person’s confidence, resilience and communication through a student-centered community. This will empower them to be central in driving change and shaping the future of the education that we deliver here at Wey Valley Academy. Also, this will provide students with the skills that they can apply within everyday situations in life and ultimately support them in being the very “best they can be”.
The Vision behind SMSC at The Wey Valley Academy
The vision for The Wey Valley Academy is to raise the aspirations of our students by nurturing a passion for learning, enriching their learning experiences, providing the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in adult life, and enabling them to secure outcomes which exceed their expectations. Our curriculum helps students develop an informed and balanced view on world events, beliefs and values of others.
We want to create confident, resilient and well-rounded adults who have an aspiration for self-improvement and are able to compete equally with their peers in a world beyond school life. We recognise that all students need to develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally. This development allows them to make sense of their world.
The Rational behind SMSC
At The Wey Valley Academy the promotion of students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is considered to central to their education. People form their values and attitudes in childhood. These may change over time, but those values and attitudes formed in early life are likely to have a strong influence on the adult person’s role as a citizen. We recognise that the personal development of students, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve.
As a school, we have a duty to provide a positive influence through the curriculum and our culture, whilst at the same time allowing students freedom of expression and the ability to reach decisions for themselves . The example set by adults in the school and the quality of relationships is of particular importance in promoting spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Students encounter SMSC and British values in every aspect of school life; through their
· Careers and PHSE programme. The Gatsby Charter Mark.
· Developing leaders and the school council
· Whole school initiatives like charity days, visiting speakers and presentations
· Enrichment and extra curricular activities including The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
· Sport and whole school scholarships.
SMSC is Integral within all subjects and PSHE education gives pupils the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe and to prepare them for life and work in modern Britain.
Careers education and guidance programmes make a major contribution to preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. A planned progressive programme of activities supports them in choosing 14 – 19 pathways that suit their interests and abilities and help them to follow a career path and sustain employability throughout their working lives.
Developing Student Voice and Leaders through Year 11 Student Leaders, Sports Leaders, the School Council and The Dorset Youth Council. Giving young people the skills and experience to play an active role in the community and preparing them for the adult world. It teaches them debating and analytical skills to make accurate decisions and instils British Values.