SMSC and British Values
At Open we Promote British Values actively through our everyday practice.
Open Academy is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the academy, are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
Great Britain is a democracy. This means everybody can vote for who they want to represent them. Everyone has the right to vote and voting is the only way to ensure your opinion on how the country works is heard.
In Britain the Rule of Law is upheld. The law applies equally to everyone. If accused of a crime you have the right to a fair trial and a judge will deliver the sentence.
Respect is one of the core values at Open, repeated both in our motto and rules. It is also a basic value in our society. We are all different but we accept and respect each other for our differences.
We may not always agree but we respect each other’s thoughts, feelings and right to be different
You are free to express yourself and be who you want to be in Britain and at Open. You will not, be judged for your beliefs or your sexual orientation or gender.
We challenge stereotypes and unfairness at Open Academy.
Britain is a country of religious freedom as is Open Academy. You are free to believe what you wish. This is a basic freedom enjoyed by all our citizens. Our community is made up from people from all over the world, who follow many different religions. This diversity adds to our cultural richness.
We are proud of our differences at Open Academy.
At the Open Academy we have a weekly assemblies build around our Core Values as well as the thought for the week delivered during tutor time. The Core Values allow students to learn more about, and reflect daily, on many Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural elements. All students study Religious Studies through a combination of taught lessons, tutor time and Curriculum Enrichment days through key stage 3, 4 and 5.
Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) provision at Open Academy
At the Open Academy, our mission statement ‘Learning Excellence’ exemplifies our holistic approach to the importance of the development of every aspect of SMSC. Student experiences and curriculum ensure that our students are well-rounded and conscientious individuals.
We aim to ensure:
• That the local and academy community are aware of our values and principles
• A consistent approach to the delivery of SMSC issues through the curriculum and school life
• We know every student and ensure that their education is meaningful and appropriate to their age, aptitude and background
• That students have a good understanding of their responsibilities within the ‘Open’ Community and how to exercise them
All curriculum areas provide opportunities to:
Practical activities to develop SMSC across the academy will include:
• Working together in different groupings and situations
• Taking responsibility e.g. Student Voice, Sports Captains, Student Leadership Team, Prefects, Prom Committee and Community Ambassadors
• Encouraging teamwork in all group activities
• Showing appreciation of the performances of other children regardless of ability
• Meeting people from different cultures and countries (Full International Award)
• Participation in a variety of different educational visits
• Participation in shows and performances
• Non Uniform days to support local charities and one national charity ie. Children in Need
• Visits from writers, inspirational speakers & businesses and participating in workshops eg. Literary Festival
• Opportunities for the students to visit the theatre and see live performances by professional actors, dancers and musicians
• Studying the contributions to society that certain famous, historical and influential people have made
Links with the wider community
Monitoring and evaluation
Provision for SMSC is monitored and reviewed on a regular basis via:
• Monitoring of teaching and learning and work scrutiny by HoF/SLT/Governors
• Discussions and review at staff, SLT and Governors' meetings
• Audit of the academy curriculum the academy's approach to collective reflection
• Regular Student Voice
We firmly believe that the effective provision and delivery of a curriculum and wider curriculum that serves to accomplish all aspects of SMSC development, will ensure our students develop the skills they need to achieve success and fulfilment in life.