"Outstanding schools will implement ‘thoughtful and wide ranging promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development which enables them to thrive in a supportive, highly cohesive learning community.’" (Ofsted)
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development is the term used to describe the development of the ‘whole student’. At Emerson Park Academy we recognise that although exam results are at the heart of any good school it is equally important to promote students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, in order to create a positive learning community where students’ are highly engaged, tolerant, reflective, creative and self-confident.
Emerson Park Academy aims to provide outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. All curriculum subjects provide opportunities to promote students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, ensuring that they are fully prepared for the next stage of education, training or employment. We also aim to support students in other areas area of school life, including careers education, enrichment activities and out of school activities.
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural education will be developed in the following ways:
Students' spiritual development will be shown by their beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life. Students will become reflective, lifelong learners. They will develop a sense of self and show creativity and imagination. Students will show a fascination in their studies and explore what inspires them. They will be interested in and show respect for those around them and the wider world. Students will develop fundamental British values that relate to democracy, the rule of law, tolerance, respect and individual liberty.
Students will distinguish between right and wrong. They will understand the consequences of their own and others’ actions and apply this knowledge to their own lives and other moral and ethical issues. They will learn how to forgive themselves and others. They will demonstrate a clear moral code and be encouraged to take responsibility for their own actions.
Students' social development will be shown through their ability to work with others in a variety of social contexts. They will be able to relate to others and be increasingly willing to participate. They should acquire knowledge and understanding of how communities work at different levels: local, national and international. Students will also develop a skill set that meets the needs of the modern workforce.
Students will acquire an appreciation and understanding of their own heritage and of other cultures in the community and wider world. They will be interested in, show respect for and celebrate cultural diversity. Students will also participate and respond to wide ranging cultural activities including art, music, technology, sciences and mathematics.