SMSC at Southam College is centered on the search for meaning and purpose and is based on the values which we all live by. At Southam College, both staff and students believe SMSC is at the heart of everything we do and this is embedded in a variety of ways across the school. For example; during tutor times, Global Virtues Week, the curriculum and extra-curricular activities.

What is SMSC?

Spiritual Education
Students' spiritual development is shown by their:

  • Beliefs, religious or non-religious, which inform their perspective on life & their interest in & respect for different people's beliefs and values
  • Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them, including all cultural beliefs and practices
  • Use of the imagination and creativity in their learning
  • Willingness to reflect on their experiences, both within and outside of school

Moral Education
Students' moral development is shown by their:

  • Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and their readiness to apply this understanding to their own lives
  • Showing understanding of the consequences of their actions
  • Interests in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral, philosophical, ethical and theological issues and ideas

Social Education
Students' social development is shown by their:

  • Social interaction within different contexts, including visiting a range of different places of worship and meeting and speaking with a range of visitors from different religious and  ethnic backgrounds
  • Willingness to participate in a variety of social settings, including charity events and cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
  • Interests in, and understanding of, the way communities and societies function at a variety of levels including locally, nationally and internationally

Cultural development
Students' cultural development is shown by their:

  • 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, charitable, technological, scientific and cultural opportunities
  • Interests 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 socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities